The S/S 2022 collection from The Athletic Side of Us (TASOU) features menswear and womenswear by designer Chuks Collins. Set in the Ancient Benin Kingdom where transitional fashion meets this ancient civilization from southern Nigeria. Designed for everyday life, its streetwear meets athletic wear with a couture sensibility. As a brand that celebrates the athletic side of humans, TASOU relates the human experience with functional clothing that also focuses on sustainability by being eco-forward.
My idea was to do something very forward and comfortable thats easy to wear, but also very summery and upbeat at the same time. My menswear is inspired by me and what I think about when I pack a backpack for a few days trip,
The two philosophies of Art Self and Act Self- act as the foundation of this collection; expressions of the soul acting in congruence with expressions of the mind and body. Looks are meant to be functional, fluid, and forward, that work for both men and women to fit the human experience. The TASOU Graffiti set for men, shorts and top set can be worn for any activity. The shorts can be worn for an outing, running, swimming, or just staying at home to lounge around.
Collins has also focused this collection to give back to those who desire to be athletic but have been limited due to limb deficiencies. To support the Act Self philosophy, the brand is facilitating a new way forward for those whose mobility has been limited and proceeds from the collection will go towards providing sustainable prosthetic limbs to children in Nigeria, through TASOUs partnering organization The Irede Foundation.
TASOUs debut allowed for Collins to present his fresh point of view and introduce the bridging of streetwear and activewear. The brand seeks to not only create looks that are stylish and feel good, but that is also good for the planet. All pieces of the collection are made sustainably with low carbon outputs from materials such as plastic bottles, organic cotton, hemp, and repurposed fishnets.