If you’ve been paying attention, you probably knew this day was coming. Yet somehow, that doesn’t make it any less surprising. Nike has made a suit. Specifically, the Ozwald Boateng x Nike N98 suit, a collaboration between sport-driven Nike Sportswear and famed London fashion designer Boateng, engineered specifically for the national team of World Cup host country Brazil.
Paying painstaking attention to detail every step of the way, Ozwald used the classic N98 track jacket as inspiration, remixing it into a high-fashion ensemble with the sartorial credentials of Savile Row and the athletic DNA of that original N98, debuted by the Brazilian national team at the 1998 World Cup.
Created for movement and performance, the Nike N98 Suit sports a lightweight wool construction, a material chosen with the warm climate of Brazil in mind. Classic tracksuit cuffs appears on the jacket-sleeves and trouser-ankles, matching an elastic waistband, all of which serve to juxtapose (albeit subtly) timeless fashion elements such as the notched lapel and front-fastening jacket.
Proudly announcing team loyalty, while embracing track jacket aesthetics, “BRASIL” is embroidered on the back of the jacket and the team crest on the front, while a solid stripe runs from each shoulder to wrist.