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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Acknowledging the unique relationship between sneaker culture and basketball, EA Sports has highlighted some of the kicks that will be featured in the upcoming NBA Live 15 video game.
Using their scanning technology, they were able to apply the same level of detail to sneakers as they do to player faces. Models from Jordan, Nike, adidas and Under Armour are previewed below.
NBA Live 15 releases Tuesday, October 28 on Xbox One and Playstation 4.
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The Nike LeBron 12 was officially unveiled yesterday at a special launch event at Nike WHQ, and King James himself was on hand to present his latest signature to a room full of influencers and sneaker personalities. In addition to going into details about the game-changing 12s, James also addressed several other topics that have been lingering in the minds of pretty much anyone who’s into kicks, like if he’s actually going to wear his signature sneakers on the hardwood this time around. He even discussed the possibility of a retro line in the future, including the first sneaker he hopes Nike decides to re-release. Hit up Sole Collector to find out what the two-time NBA champion had to say.
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The Walk of Fame Selection Committee has selected 30 honorees to receive a star on Hollywood’s The Walk of Fame in 2015. Joining the likes of Will Ferrell, Melissa McCarthy, Jennifer Garner, James L. Brooks, Seth Macfarlane, Kool & The Gang and Snoopy is musician and creative mogul Pharrell Williams, who took to his multi-media platform i am OTHER to unveil the news today. The Walk of Fame Star will add to Pharrell’s long list of accolades, such as his recent Grammy Awards for 2014 Producer of the Year, Record of the Year and Best Group Performance for the hit record “Get Lucky” with Daft Punk and Nile Rodgers. Of the 30 honorees, 24 of them will partake in ceremonies broadcasted to a worldwide audience.