Our first marathon kit of 2019 celebrates the legacy and unrivaled passion of Japanese long distance running and is inspired by marathoner Kokichi Tsuburaya’s legendary race at the 1964 Olympics.
As part of the collection launch, we commissioned Tokyo-based illustrator Hiroki Nishiyama to capture the pieces in a series of graphic compositions, showcasing his unique “flat sculptures” and celebrating the spirit of Japan’s largest marathon.
Men & Women
Cut from an ultra-lightweight, breathable and quick drying open air mesh with sublimated details to ensure nothing weighs you down. Finished with a distinctive sash inspired by the kit marathoner Kokichi Tsuburaya wore in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and a declaration of Tokyo pride.
Our elevated take on a team classic, delivered in a durable yet soft reverse-weave cotton blend that won’t pill. Ribbed side gussets, cuffs and hem help keep the garment’s shape over time, and the large kangaroo pocket includes a hidden stash pocket and headphone port.
Made in Massachusetts from our bespoke Varsity Cotton, the Grayboy Tee is our take on a team-issued top that wears in, not out. All our Grayboys are earned with sweat, especially this marathon edition.
Made in Massachusetts from our bespoke Varsity Cotton, the Grayboy Tank is our take on a team-issued top. All our Grayboys are earned with sweat, especially this marathon edition.
A RACE TO REMEMBER
Halfway through the 1964 Olympic Marathon, Ethiopian great Abebe Bikila took the lead and raced away to his second gold medal in world record time: 2:12:11. Behind him, a pack of runners challenged for silver and in the last miles of the race, Kokichi Tsuburaya broke away. As he entered Tokyo's National Stadium, thousands of Japanese running fans roared to see their countryman in medal position. However, British athlete Basil Heatley was close in pursuit, with just a lap of the track to go. On the backstretch, Heatley caught Tsuburaya, pulling ahead in the last one hundred meters to finish four seconds ahead of the exhausted Japanese runner. Despite the sting of defeat, Tsuburaya was hailed as a national hero: his bronze was the only athletics medal for running-mad Japan in 1964. Over the course of his career, Tsuburaya was hailed for his work ethic and determination, traits essential to the pursuit of the marathon.