Li Ning Co. Needs More Original Leotard Designers
Li Ning Co. doesn’t lack unique leotard designs in the past. Just think of their designs for the past few Olympics. I love the red-yellow-white one they designed for the Sydney Olympics, that red one with sparkly stars for Athens, and of course the Qipao (or Cheogsam) inspired leo for Beijing. Even that nightmare-ish hot pink mess they designed for the Rotterdam Worlds was unique in a not very flattering way. And of course, who can forget Huang Qiushuang’s one-of-the-kind green & white leo at Tokyo Worlds.
Unique as they were in the past; however, lately Li-Ning leos designs are starting to resemble more and more of other major leotard manufacturers… From Tan Sixin’s blue and white leo at Pac Rim to Huang Qiushuang’s purple and white leo at Zibo World Cup; they all sorta look like someone else’s leo with slight modifications. The most obvious offender is Team China’s latest red & yellow workout leo, it’s almost an exact copy of Christian Moreau… (×﹏×)
Dear Li Ning Co., innovation and creativity is what drives a business to success; and to remain successful, continuous improvement is the key. If your current designers are unable to achieve that, then it is time to hire some new ones with fresh ideas and better imagination.
(Photo Credit: Zhang Jie, Koning Photography, Xinhua News, GK, Christian Moreau, unknown)