Bunyamin Aydin TASIS '09 is now in the middle of a new design challenge and adventure. For this year's Air Max Day "Vote Forward" campaign, Nike invited a dozen creatives from all over the world — dubbed “Revolutionairs” — to Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon. These artists, designers, DJs, and retailers were tasked with reimagining Nike Air Max styles; the Revolutionair’s shoe with the most votes will have his or her Nike Air model released. In the video below the 12 Revolutionairs discuss the meaning of Air Max. Bunjamin appears at about 2:16.
Nike says Aydin's shoe "...reflects Eastern cultural history by combining artisanal textures with contemporary digital printing."
Voting begins on March 18 and everyone can vote once everyday, the voting will take place the 25th of March, so one person can vote for seven times during the whole process. To vote for Bunyamin Aydin's design click the button below!
A bit of background on Aydin...it all started by the TASIS ping pong table,” said Bunyamin Aydin ’09, whose contemporary fashion label Les Benjamins was making waves even before it made a stunning Milan debut in January 2016, becoming the first Turkish brand to be featured at the city’s world-famous Men’s Fashion Week.
Aydin, who was recently identified as one of Fashion Net’s “Influencers”, first arrived at The American School in Switzerland as a ninth grader in the fall of 2005 after his parents sent him to summer programs in London and Lugano, where he had a total of seven weeks to learn English before starting high school. It was an eye-opening experience for a 14-year old who had lived in both Germany and Turkey but was nonetheless taken aback by just how international the TASIS campus was.
What Aydin stands for is collaboration, togetherness, and positivity—notions that were crystallized during his time in Istanbul, a city that sits at the crossroads of East and West.
“In Istanbul, you can go to one street and it's like New York and the back street of it feels like the Middle East, and that energy, that vibe...I find it very interesting,” he said. “I love how the two cultures fuse together, and right now with this huge conflict between East and West, we just try to promote togetherness. We try to promote that both can live together, and we also promote positivity. That's the brand's DNA.”
To read more about Bunyamin's TASIS memories and his company, check out a recent article about Aydin in a recent TASIS Newsletter - Emerging fashion designer Bunyamin Aydin '09 greatly influenced by time at TASIS