Monday, November 28, 2011

Delta airline's magazine reviews airport code merchandise

We're happy to be reviewed by the editors at Delta airline's magazine.
Next to pieces about Anthony Bourdain's new TV show and chic hotels, SKY writes:

"For frequent travelers, airport codes become a kind of badge of honor. Hit up JFK, LAX, CDG, and LHR all in the last month? Air Wear– designed by NYC-based graphic designer Jason Solarek–lets you show off your favorite three letters with its travel accessoriesmessenger and tote bags, travel mugs, Dopp kits–each featuring a unique graphic representation."

In December, if you're flying on Delta–the U.S.'s 2nd largest airline, please reach into the back seat and flip to page 22. 

Please enjoy your holiday! And please write us with any inquiries about gift orders you'd like fulfilled.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Airlines are sharing real estate at the airport. Share your Air Wear, too ;)

Starting next week, airlines will share gates and counters at John Wayne Airport in Orange County, Calif.

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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Space souvenirs for Spaceport America

The Wall St. Journal today checks in on the status of civilian space travel. Coming in 2020: Air Wear for locations in space!
WSJ article about Spaceport America

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Wired magazine features airport artwork

This month's Wired magazine features four works of art in public transport spaces. Our eyes were drawn to Heathrow's Cloud sculpture. Air Wear's London LRH messenger bag would be a good place to carry one's camera and sketch pad while admiring this beauty.

Monday, July 18, 2011

New Facebook url:

You can now more easily find us on Facebook.
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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Cool airport needs cool products: Mestia, Georgie

We here at Air Wear love good design from products to architecture. We enjoyed Metropolis magazine's article on Mestia, Georgia's ski resort airport. Please find the article below. To get to Mestia, one flies into Krasnodar International Airport (airport code KRR) or Kopitnari Airport (KUT). We need to make some skis with these codes and hit the slopes.

By Michael Silverberg
Posted May 12, 2011

J. Mayer H. /
Mestia, Georgia

May–December romances are common enough, but who ever heard of August–December architecture? That was the unlikely life cycle of a small airport that opened on December 24 in Mestia, Georgia, an isolated ski town high in the Caucasus Mountains. Exactly four months earlier, on August 24, Jürgen Mayer H. was in Venice for the architecture biennale when he got a phone call from the Georgian goverment. The German architect, who has dedicated much of the last seven years to the Metropol Parasol—a wooden, mushroomlike complex that was finally completed this spring in Seville, Spain, after long delays—was asked to take on a building with a much shorter span. “They called and said, ‘We need an airport design tomorrow,’” he recalls. “‘Actually, yesterday, but tomorrow is OK too.”

That night, Mayer H. traded ideas with Jesko Malkolm Johnsson-Zahn, an architect in his Berlin office, sketching on paper and then sending photos of the drawings over his BlackBerry. By the next morning, they had settled on a form: a three-pronged, 3,000-square-foot folly arrayed like a chicken foot, with two slightly uplifted segments (for waiting areas and a café) on one side and a tower (for air-traffic control) on the other. The tinted-glass facade would be set between slabs of concrete, a locally favored material, making a modern-ist cake topped with a layer of white icing. The government approved, and construction began one month later.

Georgia hopes the airport will bring tourists to the mountainous region of Svaneti, whose stone towers and often impassible roads have made it a stronghold since the Middle Ages. (Those defensive towers, UNESCO World Heritage sites, helped inspire the vertical forms of the airport.) Driving from the capital, Tbilisi, takes as long as ten hours; the government-subsidized flights cut the trip to less than an hour. “Since we really want to promote this area as a touristic attraction, of course you need a good transportation possibility,” says Kate Aleksidze, the director of United Airports of Georgia. “If we would not manage to open it in December and opened it instead in June, people would be there, but we would miss the whole winter season.”

Read the rest of the article on Mestia, Georgia's ski resort airport

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

London-based writer Louise Driscoll reviews Air Wear. THX! (...for once, I'm not referring to an airport code)

Say it with… airport codes: Air Wear puts the destination on your travel gear
by Louis Driscoll

May 20th, 2011

They say you can tell a lot about a person by the places they choose to fly to.

New York-based brand, Air Wear is inspiring jet-setters with a favourite destination to show it, with travel gear featuring their city name of choice, its latitude and airport code.

It is like joining an “elite club”, explains Air Wear’s founder, Jason Solarek, whose brand is based around the philosophy “you are where you go”.

Solarek took his inspiration from his earlier years as a newspaper reporter where he would often travel frequently. It was a time, he says, when he wanted to “share his pride” for his hometown in Rochester (NY).

“Airport codes signal that you are in the know. People see the signal you’re sending, nod, and think, ‘so that’s where you’ve been,” he says.

Air Wear products also tap into the idea that there is a story to tell behind every airport experience or destination – whether someone would like a memento of a special holiday spot or a reminder of home.

“For the popular cities, such as LA, the palm tree shirts are cliché. We are offering a new keepsake with high novelty value,” says Solarek.

With airports becoming destinations in their own right (Singapore Changi airport is just one example with a cinema, spas, gardens and museum), it is perhaps no surprise that the mainstream crowd are choosing to make a statement by wearing their favourite airport name on a baseball cap, or slung over their shoulder.

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Sunday, February 27, 2011

'Aerotropolis' article from Wall St. Journal

This Wall St. Journal article by Greg Lindsay talks about the importance of airports in building cities, much like he and co-author John Kasarda did in their book Aerotropolis.
Here at, we'll put designing a ICN airport code on our to-do list.

FEBRUARY 26, 2011
Cities of the Sky
From Dubai to Chongqing to Honduras, the Silk Road of the future is taking shape in urban developments based on airport hubs. Welcome to the world of the 'aerotropolis.'


To arrive at midnight at Terminal 3 of Dubai International Airport, as I did recently, is to glimpse the pulsing, non-stop flow of the new global economy. The airport, which runs full-tilt 24/7, is packed at all hours. Nigerian traders bound for Guangzhou mix with Chinese laborers needed in Khartoum, Indian merchants headed to clinch a deal in Nairobi, and United Nations staff en route to Kabul.

Dubai's recent financial woes have forced the tiny Gulf state to scrap or scale back some of its more outlandish development schemes, including The World, an artificial archipelago shaped roughly like a world map. But one project has not flagged: the new concourse for Terminal 3. With construction continuing around the clock, the annex to what is already the world's largest building is desperately needed to accommodate the fleet of 90 Airbus A380s ordered by Emirates, Dubai's government-owned airline.

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