It’s actually starting to look like 2022 will finally mean the end of the pandemic and the return of full-contact and action (team) sports. And we are SO.READY. for it! In fact, we have been buzzing with so much anticipation that we have spilt it into a new limited edition Workout and Scrimmage Wear Collection named ALKU (fin. beginning).

This calls for a celebration, which is why we are launching a 2-week presale during which you can purchase the entire ALKU Collection for a reduced price AND receive FREE STEAKS® swag with each order (as long as supplies last). Additionally, you will have the option to add a custom name and number to all tops of the ALKU Collection, which will be sublimated straight onto the design.

We will stock a limited amount of the most popular ALKU Collection models after the presale. However, we will not be stocking all models and the name and numbers for orders placed after presale will not be sublimated but instead, be made with heat transfer print.

If you want in on the entire collection, on sublimated names and numbers, great savings and FREE STEAKS swag, we recommend you mark your calendars with our presale dates! But first, we are excited to introduce to you:

 

The ALKU Collection - to new beginnings

9 Top variations to choose from

The ALKU Collection features our size-inclusive team uniform tops and t-shirt styles. You will be able to choose between 9 different style variations. A BRAND NEW variation we are sure you will love is the cropped Curve Cut Vests and T-Shirts and Straight Cut Vests.

All tops are made from high-performance fabrics. The fabrics are made in Europe and certified with OEKO-TEX® Standard 100 for harmful substances, making them particularly skin-friendly. They are lightweight and sweat-wicking, which will not only feel amazing but will also keep you comfortably dry. And the best part: the fabrics have been tested for velcro resistance so you don’t have to worry when wearing protective gear on top of the ALKU Collection.

 

2 Workout Shorts variations to choose from

Make the ALKU Collection your outfit and add some loose basketball workout shorts to your order.
The shorts will be available in two lengths and feature the same design prints as the tops. The fabric is a thick, breathable, non-stretchable mesh-textured material and also made in Europe. They are perfect for all types of activities and the loose fit makes them perfect for layering.

 

3 Designs to choose from

The ALKU Collection design was illustrated by our CEO Suvi Alalantela. Suvi is also a tattoo artist and runs the Papa Don’t Preach Tattoo Studio in Tampere, Finland.


The designer of the ALKU Collection and STEAKS® CEO Suvi Alalantela at Papa Don’t Preach Tattoo Studio in Tampere.

ALKU means “beginning” in Finnish - a word that inspired the design of this collection. We have designed three patterns that highlight different aspects, which - to us - are all part of new beginnings. The Loiste design displays the hopefulness we feel when we embark on new paths. The Year Of The Tiger reminds us that sometimes softness rather than force may help us ease into new situations and Daalia represents the beauty that can lie in resilience that some new beginnings require.

 

Loiste - because new beginnings are hopeful

 

The dark Loiste print is your choice of a Dark Maroon print on a Black base or a Black print on a Dark Emerald base. The light Loiste print is a White print on your choice of Ecru or Air Blue tops and shorts.

The Loiste (fin. shine, radiance) pattern is influenced by the traditional Japanese Wabori tattoo style with its strong line work. Humbleness and modesty are prevalent virtues in both Japanese and Finnish culture, which inspired us to use this style of illustration. The past few years were humbling for all of us. The Loiste Design will let you carry humble but hopeful rays on your chest, representing new beginnings. The Loiste design is available in four colours: a Dark Maroon print on a black base, a black print on a Dark emerald base and a white print on Ecru and Air Blue tops and shorts.

 

The Year Of The Tiger - because the brave embark on new beginnings

 

The Year Of The Tiger print is a mainly Muted Green print on a Midnight Blue base or a mainly Sky Blue print on a White base.

February 1st, 2022 marked the beginning of a new lunar year: the year of the tiger! Our second pattern shows the strong and brave tiger, illustrated in a playful and non-threatening manner. The illustration style is a reminder to us all to never forget to play no matter how ferociously we attack new beginnings. Because in the end, it is all about the balance! The Year Of The Tiger print is available in two colours: as a mainly Muted Green print on Midnight Blue tops and shorts and as a mainly Sky Blue print on a white base.

 

Daalia - because new beginnings can require resilience

 

The Daalia print is a Grey print on your choice of Black or White tops and shorts.

The dahlia, a flower native to Mexico and South America, can withstand such harsh conditions that it has managed to become a favourite in many gardens with a far less favourable climate, even blooming way into autumn, longer than many other flowers. While we salute the dahlias' resilience we are most captivated by her elegant, nearly psychedelic symmetry. We cannot think of any other flower more suitable for these new beginnings. The Dalia design is available in two colours: a Grey print on Black and White tops and shorts.

 

Mark your calendars with the presale dates & save!

 

A preview of the Curve Cut Vest in the Loiste design. From left to right: Dark Maroon on Black, White on Ecru, White on Air Blue, Black on Dark Emerald

The presale for the ALKU Collection will run from March 01-15.2022. During the presale, you will receive a 10€ discount on each top and shorts you order, as well as free STEAKS® swag. The more products you order, the more swag you receive! Additionally, shirts ordered during the presale will have the individual names and numbers sublimated on the back.

 

Your presale saving options

Depending on the amount of tops and/or shorts you order, the bigger the savings! In addition to saving 10€ per item you will receive the following STEAKS® swag on top and FREE (as long as supplies last):

  • 1 ALKU Collection product, receive a free patch (worth 2,50€-3,00€) & save up to 13,00€
  • 2 ALKU Collection products - receive a free beanie (worth 9,99€) & save 29,99€
  • 3 ALKU Collection products - receive a free fanny pack (worth 15,00€) & save 45,00€
  • 4 ALKU Collection products - receive a free pair of socks (worth 15,00€) & save 55,00€

 

A preview of the Curve Cut Vest in the Year Of The Tiger and Daalia designs. From left to right: Year Of The Tiger on Midnight Blue and White, Daalia on White and Black

Presale timing

Presale will run from March 01-15.2022, after which all orders will go into production. You can expect your ALKU Collection Workout and Scrimmage Wear to arrive around mid June 2022. Due to the pandemic, we are still experiencing production delays. You will be contacted in case these clear up unexpectedly.



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