Zero Engineering Samurai, vectored by Yukio Miyamoto
The concept expressed by Shinya Kimura, who founded Zero Engineering, is austere refinement. In a motorcycle this is revealed through a contradictory balance of complexity and minimalism. For me the object of admiration in the shirt is the vectored image. All of its complexity and subtlety is simulated and quantitatively defined such that it can be reproduced at any size without any loss of resolution. Man Ray had it "Creativity is Devine, reproduction is human". With this work Yukio has a foot in both of those camps. The file is an Adobe Illustrator file which we deconstruct to a line drawing reproduced on the back. The shirt will come as a surprise to anyone who thinks they have seen and felt everything by way of decorated fabric generally and t shirts particularly.
Our t-shirts are unique for being wholly made with CoolMax freshFX. CoolMax is a patented fibre designed to wick perspiration and accelerate moisture evaporation, keeping wearers cooler and drier. This wicking feature of the fabric is made possible by micro channels engineered into the profile of and surface of the fibre. These channels are cleverly dimensioned to exploit the surface tension and capillary action of water. Being physical properties of the fibre, these channels endure and do not significantly diminish with wear or washing.
Antimicrobial (freshFX) treatment stops the propagation of odour producing bacteria. This is achieved by embedding silver salt crystals into the structure of the fibre. FreshFX treatment like the wicking is permanent and does not leach out with everyday use. These characteristics ensure the shirts remain cool, dry and odour free regardless of what you might do in them. Performance of the fabric is guaranteed through a certified and monitored manufacturing process.