Recently hired as a cultural consultant for the rising Washington Wizards, Wale is hoping to rebrand the budding sports franchise as it begins to move from the bottom of the Eastern Conference to the top. In a recent conversation with ESPN the Magazine, the D.C. native mentioned he hoping to recruit Kanye West as a designer for the team’s new uniform initiative.
I want to be a shot in the arm to D.C. basketball. My job is to provide a spark, at all costs. I’m not going to do anything corny, but I’m talking to Kanye about designing new uniforms. I want to see the phone booth rocking every time I come here. I want to create the “Lake Show,” create what the Bulls had. I want to take the personality of our stars — John, Otto, Marcin — and create what Kemp and Payton had, what LeBron and D-Wade had. That’s the vibe I want.
Read the rest of Wale’s piece here, and let us know if you think this collaboration will come to life below.
This is the $128 (plus $62 shipping) Super Gorone Desk designed by Thanko. It can be used to hold your laptop upside-down, as a regular laptop stand, a TV dinner tray, or an early morning sneaker buying battle station in bed.
After taking a first inspection to mixed reactions toward the beginning of the month, here we consider the latest collaboration between UNITED ARROWS & SONS and adidas Originals. The two brands worked to revive the Master silhouette – previously described as a “Gramps-approved” update to the Stan Smith silhouette. The description isn’t far off, but maybe some parties will appreciate the ease, casualness, and uncluttered minimalism that the Master so embodies. The upper is done up with plush, pristine white leather, contrasted by beige hits and a special ampersand logo embossed at the heel. The UNITED ARROWS & SONS x adidas Originals Master is available now here.
Fully Laced will release their exclusive Red Modern Hero Bank from MAD at DesignerCon. As you may know, this piece is really impressive, standing 18” tall. Limited to 30 pieces, it will be available at the Fully Laced booth [#727]. MAD will be signing the figure in the Fully Laced booth at an as yet unannounced time.
Levi’s Made & Crafted have teamed up with Pendleton to drop The New West blanket, a blend of unnapped wool and cotton and micro suede binding. Inspiration came from Levi’s Made & Crafted’s Fall/Winter 2014 collection which focuses on the striking, modern architecture build amidst the wild landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. The blanket works perfectly here as it features a similarly inspired “denim mountains” pattern. City versus the mountains, indoors versus the outdoors, old versus new. These opposites really brought passion to the brand’s design team. The Levi’s Made & Crafted x Pendleton “The New West” blanket is made in the USA. Available Now at the Fully Laced Flagship.
Innovation meets tradition with the new Nike N7 Holiday 2013 Collection featuring a collaboration between Nike and Pendleton Woolen Mills (PWM) to create a blanket to benefit the American Indian College Fund. When sketching out the initial artwork for the blanket, Nike N7 Collection Designer Derek Roberts looked to traditional Native American dress for inspiration, specifically how patterns work together to create a garment. He started at the bottom of the blanket, with a smaller pattern of arrows that repeats and grows in scale towards the center and is a mirror-image pattern from top to bottom. Available Now at the Fully Laced Flagship.
When Nike tapped Warner Bros. and the Looney Tunes for the Air Jordan marketing campaign in 1992, they created a limited run of Bugs-molded VIIs for promotional displays.
Above is a close look at one of the Bugs VIIs in a Cardinal-like colorway. Not only is the shoe oversized, but the toebox was designed to fit the toes on a rabbit’s foot. You’ll also notice JumpBugs embroidery along the ankle. An equally rare ‘Bordeaux’ version also exists.
Would you like to see Bugs return for next year’s 30th Anniversary celebration?