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Well known for crazy skate footwear choices, graceful push out and long standing sponsorships with Nike SB and Chocolate, pro rider Gino Iannucci has relaunched his own Long Island based brand Poets with a fresh selection of designs alongside a notable Bruin footwear model. Almost a decade since the first Poets x Nike SB collaboration, which saw a navy and white Blazer Premium introduced with an embroidered lighthouse emblem, this new model highlights the strong partnership between Iannucci and Nike which has been ongoing since 2002.
Opting for low key black canvas uppers with suede overlays across the centre of the toe vamp, laces edge and heel the Nike SB x Poets Bruin has voltage green repositioned rubber Swoosh ticks on either side of the foot which overlap onto the textural rubber outsole. Helping to keep the foot in place when active, three pairs of different coloured laces arrive with each style and provide a secure fastening above a suede tongue which has an exposed foam edge and a branded monochrome Nike SB x Poets label. A monochrome striped insole holds a Zoom Air unit for protection against high impacts whilst on the back of the heel embroidered ‘POETS’ lettering in white signifies the collaborative model. Between the midsole and outsole auxetic shapes allow for equal pressure dispersal in every step and for high quality boardfeel the vulcanised matte black rubber outsole features an all over textural pattern that connects to a herringbone tread pattern underfoot.
Drawing influence from his two favourite sports, hockey and tennis, his childhood and own movie collection which includes The Outsiders, Over The Edge and Breaking Away, Gino Iannucci’s brand Poets has a rich array of cultural references across its social channels which are full of classic film clips and stylised skate videos which capture the inner workings of Gino. Carrying legendary OG status and celebrated for his effortless board style and push out, Gino was spotted at just 15 years old. Having ridden for Chocolate Skateboards for over 15 years, in 2014 he switched up his career by departing Chocolate to link up with Jason Dill’s Fucking Awesome who he’s been with ever since. Riding alongside Brian Anderson, Brandon Biebel and other Girl Skateboards team riders, his part in Spike Jonze and Ty Evans’ ‘Yeah Right’ is still one of the most-talked about moments of his career and showed clothing and board style ahead of its time. Through the ups and downs of his skating career and personal life, Iannucci has returned with a certain finesse that has lead to the release of skate shorts ‘Gold’ and ‘Long Island City’ that incorporate a nostalgic VHS-inspired, rough filming style.
Born in Long Island, New York in 1973, Gino Iannucci was one of Nike SB’s first team riders who joined the project during its debut year. Having been reunited with Jason Dill of FA Gino has made an energetic return to the spotlight which is displayed throughout the new designs for his own label. Tapping into his roots, for Poets he first worked with a manufacturer in Italy and he’s been educating himself on cut and sew production to achieve simple yet high quality pieces which are made with a focus on quality between the USA and Bergamo, Italy.
Due to the limited numbers of the Nike SB x Poets Bruin we are making the shoes available via our Releases.flatspot site on a Raffle to purchase basis.
Limited to one pair per person. Available to UK and EU residents only.
The draw opens on Monday 6th January 2020 at 08:00AM (GMT) and closes Saturday 11th January 2020 at 08:00AM (GMT). You can enter the draw here.
Winners will be chosen at 08:00AM (GMT) on Saturday 11th January 2020 and we will aim to confirm both successful and unsuccessful entries within three hours.
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