With Summer Solstice around the corner creating a kit involving inspirations of transitioning and strength only seemed right. Where nights become short and early morning activities roll into the late hours of summer days. Forteza's illustrations pull from tarot card meanings where the ace of swords and snake represent a clear mind, flexible approach, and ultimately freedom from what no longer contributes to growth.
This shadow driven design is brought to life by hints of gold and specks of white. Presenting itself as a simpler kit, with moon-phase cuffs and an illustration on back to catch your opponent's attention. Forteza compels an audacious attitude with a hand-drawn and unrefined quality.
Meet Devan John. Devan is on the Specialized Custom team as a Marketing Coordinator. This is a new endeavor for Devan designing apparel, but not too far out of her realm, she also paints and illustrates. Her artistic process for “Forteza” first began as a concept surrounding summer solstice, and quickly developed into an illustration much like a tattoo. Approaching this idea with gratitude, Devan wanted to incorporate all elements of confidence and strength. Pulling from tarot cards and the meaning of summer solstice.