Designer Riccardo Tisci has no shortage of ways to describe Riccardo Tisci; in one 20-minute conversation, he refers to himself as a pioneer, an athlete, a streetwear obsessive, and “not very technological.” But in the context of his latest collaboration with Nike, out this summer, there’s one descriptor he uses time and again: dreamer. Tisci’s third release with the iconic brand—officially titled NikeLab x RT: Training Redefined, but you can call it “the one with clothes”—makes use of a combination of Tisci’s own distinctive design sensibility and top-tier Nike technology. Most importantly, it also taps into his desire to share how he felt when he saved up enough money to buy a pair of basketball sneakers when he was younger. “I know what it’s like to dream, to be part of a dream, and not be able to buy financially,” he recalls. “It’s sad. I remember when I was a child and I couldn’t do that, and this is why I was obsessed with Nike—because I could afford Nike.”

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