After much ado, Drake has officially unveiled his new Nike sub-label, NOCTA.
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In an announcement made moments ago, the rapper and sportswear giant lifted the lid on the line – the name of which salutes the star’s “nocturnal creation process.”
Ahead of the December 18 launch of the seismic collaboration, Drizzy in a statement:
“This moment is full circle for me.
I mean, growing up Nike was everything. It felt like every shoe I wanted, every athlete I liked, everything I owned was Nike. It didn’t mean anything unless it had a Swoosh.
I remember watching all these athletes repping Nike — each doing the unthinkable — and how inspiring it was. I always felt like there was an opportunity for Nike to embrace an entertainer the same way they had athletes. I thought about how crazy it would have been and what it would have meant for an artist to have a flagship Nike deal.”
“NOCTA is a realization of all these thoughts and everything I had hoped for — from the culture it’s rooted in to the product and, most important, to the partnership and scale that allows me to share it with the world.
NOCTA is about creating something for people on the move. People who want functional, comfortable fits that are adaptable from one environment to the next.
But as much as it’s about what we make, it’s also about a mindset: an unforgiving drive, a relentlessness. Characterized by the type who are on the road all day, all night — the grinders, the hard workers — trying to accomplish their goals and taking no short cuts.
That mindset also includes loyalty and team. Whether you are in Toronto, London or Paris, there’s this uniform look — Nike Tech Fleece, the gloves, the hat — and it has a real team feel. I wanted to take a piece of that culture that I grew up with, that school of thought, and bring the best to it. With NOCTA, we were trying to make the hardest jacket, the hardest tracksuit, the hardest gloves. Just the best of that world.
This opportunity is something that I’ve been waiting on for a really long time. To be associated with the highest level possible — that was always my goal. We put in a lot of hard work, a lot of man and woman hours, during the last two years. To see it all coming to fruition starts an exciting new chapter in my life.”
The news comes after the star made waves by shooting the video for ‘Laugh Now Cry Later’ at Nike’s HQ and also on the heels of a merchandise capsule named after his forthcoming album ‘Certified Lover Boy.’
Fans can find out more about NOCTA by way of its official site.
Suffice to say, a major move by Aubrey! He’s undoubtedly a force on the charts and possesses a name and brand that are rich in cultural capital. So, we envisage big things for NOCTA.