Yard stages 2 events for Nike’s international Air Max Day 2018.
For the unveiling of their latest sneaker, the new Air Max 270, Nike and its agency Yard decided to cross over city lines into the greater Paris region, known as “Grand Paris”. Bucking traditional retail trends, the brand and Yard headed to the capital’s outlying suburbs and, with the support of several French influencers, installed pop-up shops in building entryways’ in neighbourhoods just outside Paris, giving residents an exclusive sneak peak at the Air Max before it hit stores.
A game-changing way of going about business, the new model flips tradition on its head and allows for influence and exclusivity to take hold outside of Paris, before working their way to runways and swanky stores. More and more trends are popping up in the suburbs, where the stage is being set for tomorrow’s fashions. With this premise in mind, Nike and YARD decided to launch the new Air Max 270 where styles are being born. With the help of 2 icons who grew up in Grand Paris: actor Lucas, who is also an affiliate of the rap group PNL (Corbeil-Essonnes) and rapper/entrepreneur Mac Tyer (Aubervilliers), the brand and its agency ventured beyond city lines to target today’s trendsetters.
Nike’s Air Max Day campaign continued with Nike ON AIR, a series of design workshops held in 6 major cities around the world, reuniting sneakerheads, brand afficianados and the greater public.
The Paris event used Grand Paris as its theme, and offered a special contest, which gave participants the chance to design their own version of the Air Max shoe, using their city as inspiration – a rare opportunity to become a brand designer. The winning design, revealed May 14, is a new Air VaporMax Plus, which will be available in stores April 2019.
4000 visitors in 2 days
150 semi finalists
In addition to the pop-up stores, YARD launched a parallel national print and digital campaign for Nike featuring French trail blazers from Grand Paris: rappers Rémy (Aubervilliers) and Moha La Squale (Paris), comedian Ohmondieusalva (Etampes); director Lucchino Gatti (Soisy-sous-Montmorency), boxer Bambi (Issy les Moulineaux), and biker Michay (L’Haÿ-les-Roses).
The campaign generated 30,000 pairs sold since the launch
Creative House: Yard Agency, Paris, France
Co-Founders / Managing Directors / Creative Directors: Tom Brunet & Yoan Prat Creative Lead: Güllit Baku
Art Directors: Arthur Oriol , Yoann Guerini
Account Manager: Yohana Mehretab
Project Director: Alice Lemoigne
Production: Arnaud Orengue
Video Production: Miles TV