Following the 600+ page deposition from Nike’s $10 million lawsuit against three ex-designers, who moved to adidas, suggest that one of them was working on a Victor Cruz x Nike Sportswear project. This was submitted to courts by Benjamin Cotton of CyTech Services, the computer forensic analysis firm Nike used in the investigation of the three designers prior to their departure from the company. Details include Marc Dolce’s alleged theft of future Nike designs. In his evidence findings, Cotton says that Dolce sent himself an email full of company files in a folder called “FINAL VICTOR CRUZ.zip” with the subject line “victor cruz final cads” (CADS are 3D wire-frame models that usually go towards the complete production).
Marc Dolce was in fact a design director at Nike Sportswear, so if he was working on a Victor Cruz project, it’s likely that it would have been for that category. With that said “CAD” could also be used in other design, but Dolce was primarily focused on footwear. Even with this seeming like it’s damaging evidence against Dolce, there is also no evidence that these designs were for a VC 1. With all the new projects that have been worked on by Dolce recently, many of them have been existing silhouettes that cannot be translated to any other sneaker brands.
This Victor Cruz x Nike Sportswear project is one of the physical items mentioned by Nike in their allegation against Dolce which states the following: “Dolce sent an email to his personal email account with highly confidential design drawings related to an as-yet unreleased shoe designed for one of Nike’s sponsored athletes.” Their word choice here is not too specific on whether the shoe will eventually release, but Nike certainly has reason to pull the project now. Whether if they think that adidas has seen the design or maybe Cruz’s current injury may not make him a very marketable athlete, but then again injury didn’t hurt Kevin Durant or Kobe’s sale numbers.
Nike could not be reached for comment through any source, on the possible Victor Cruz project, but stay tuned ….. CD Spitz