Profile: Tetsuya Tom Minami was born in New Jersey, USA. After being in Osaka, Japan since he was one year old until the end of his high school career, he decided to study industrial design at California State University, Long Beach. While gaining years of experience as a freelance artist, his Lunar Design won many awards during his time in college. In 2004, he started working as Japan’s first footwear designer at Nike Headquarters in Beaverton, Oregon.
Focusing on well-known soccer players like Neymar and Ronaldinho, he designed soccer spikes that became a popular product all over the world. In 2012, he joined the “Innovation Kitchen”, a department part of Nike’s core, to help innovate the development of next-generation products.
Tetsuya himself started playing soccer when he was just six years old, ranked 3rd nationally in Japan during high school, and was even nominated MVP player on his team at his university. This just goes to show that not only is he specialized in soccer spikes, but is experienced in the sport as well.