Marc Ecko Nissan, Design in your Driveway

The sportswear stylist calls it a "double-label." He's customizing Pathfinder and Armada models for the carmaker: they're downtown and deluxe

"It's not a mash-up. It's a double-label," says sportswear stylist Marc Ecko of his partnership with Nissan in North America.

"I wanted to make it crunchy on the outside, soft in the middle," explains Ecko. "The interior should be more luxurious in a mid-60s kind of motif. I studied the interiors of old hot rods, where they bring enamel paint finish, and I brought the bright candy-like surfaces to the inside of the vehicle. It has a street style sensibility but it's very downtown. I wanted to have more of a luxe quality in the finishing, and that's why there'll be so much detail in the interior." The Nissan Armada, called Cut & Sew, meanwhile, is a more 'sophisticated' in its styling with off-white landau roof, smooth wheel covers, and whitewall tyres, with orange exterior panels and a cream-and-tan interior. "I'm a big fan of whitewall tires, especially the thick ones," says Ecko. "So we came up with a wheel design that's a modern play on the whitewall, where the rims are really deep. So that's what started the inspiration off - making a statement about the whitewall. We basically just smoothed out the Armada, took off all the performance/outdoorsy qualities and subbed in sophisticated touches like traditional Florentine leather with straps and buckles...[to create] a satchel bag look in the interior."

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