Nike, Inc.

After seeing tanned stingray skins from the Indo-Pacific, basketball legend Michael Jordan sought a viable synthetic substitute for use on athletic shoes.  Nike turned to Tenji for help. Tenji’s research found that handles of modern samurai swords are wrapped with synthetic ray skin.  Tenji located a source for the material for Nike, and a new line of shoes was born!


Client Type
  • Retail

Exhibit Type
  • Shark

Water Type
  • Saltwater