Sporting a “Sail/Black-Varsity Red” mix, you’ll find messages throughout the model, from “No Photos” on the heels to “Wear Me” on the tongue tabs. “Not For Resale” insignia hits the midsole in a contrasting black and “Crease Me” hits on the toe box finish off this coveted colorway.
Michael Jordan’s empire has expanded vastly since its beginnings in 1984. From the original Jordan 1 to now, Jordan Brand has grown into a complete lifestyle brand. While offering shoes for multiple sports and off the court, the expansion has led Jordan into the realm of fashion.
The ‘Pinnacle’ collection comes full force on the 25th anniversary of Jordan’s first NBA Title in 1991. The main release arrives in the form of a metallic gold Jordan VI, modeled after the NBA’s Larry O’Brien championship trophy and the famed “Security” jacket. The jacket is inspired by those seen in the iconic photo of Jordan exiting his Ferrari before Game 5 of the 1992 Conference Semifinals. The jackets were worn by MJ’s private security outfit, and have been repurposed for the new collection.
Rounding out the new line is a black, tonal warm-up shirt and short sleeve “1991” hoodie. These select pieces will be available Saturday, October 22, 2016, in store at RSVP Gallery. For more information email [email protected] or call (773) 770-666.
A year has passed since their last collaboration, but this weekend, the luxury sportswear label Just Don partners with Jordan Brand once again to deliver the next variation of the Just Don x Air Jordan II in a ‘Beach’ colorway.
Symbolizing Just Don’s ultimate goal of bridging the gap between sportswear and high fashion, the Just Don x Air Jordan II ‘Beach’, inspired by the traditional dress shoe, features a premium quilted veg-tan leather upper intended to age gracefully with wear.
The sneakers will release as a part of a bundle package, accompanied by a timeless leather baseball cap. Designed by Don C himself, the hat employs the same veg-tan leather of the sneakers for its brim, giving it a luxurious feel equal to its complement.
The collaboration will be released this Saturday (1/30) in-store. Every $40 spent on Just Don or RSVP Gallery products NOW through Friday, (1/29) @ 7PM admits you one ticket for an opportunity to win a pair for free! Winner will be contacted via phone on Saturday, (1/30). IN-STORE ONLY! No phone entries will be accepted.
Public School New York joins forces with the Jordan brand to bring forth a unique capsule collection of footwear and apparel. This collaboration between the rising fashion power and the established athletic giant is not the first of its kind. This time around, however, the stakes are much higher.
Since being leaked on social media months ago, the PSNY 12’s have become the focal point of this collection. Despite garnering all the attention, one should know the 12’s are not the only footwear release of the collection, which will also feature an iteration aptly named the Air Jordan Horizon PSNY. The collection will additionally feature a few essential items for the winter to supplement the footwear. The clothing perfectly occupies the intersection of the two labels. Mixing performance elements with Public School’s signature athletic-inspired silhouettes, the collection employs technical fabrics to accentuated a futuristic sporty style. Though Public School continues to play in their comfort zone, PSNY x Jordan ought not to be seen as a mere diffusion off the runway. For instance, though we’ve already seen an anorak from PSNY on the runway just this season, its iteration for this collection is much more different — much more Jordan. The Jumpman logo aside, the detail stitching in front invokes the iconic stitching on the uppers of the 12’s. Without a doubt, the collection is ‘Jordan’ as much as it is ‘Public School’.
Though it has already been 12 years since his last game in the NBA and 17 since his last game in a Bull’s jersey, M.J. symbolically returned to Chicago this past Saturday with the grand opening of Chicago’s Jordan brand flagship store. While Michael’s name is absent from the façade of the building, visitors can recognize the site by its iconic Jumpman logo donning the exterior. The store is located at 32 S. State Street in the Loop.
Functioning simultaneously as a showroom and retail space, 32 S. State Street is a monument commemorating Michael’s contributions to the city of Chicago, the game of basketball, and pop culture. Since Michael’s arrival in the city immediately following the 1984 draft, he has brought home 6 NBA titles, cemented his legacy as the greatest baller of all time, and established himself as arguably the most recognizable face in the history of professional sports.
On Saturday morning, the line outside the entrance coiled around the block to Dearborn and Madison, affirming Michael’s legendary status. From those who clearly remember Chicago’s championship days to a new cohort of kids who had never seen Jordan play, multiple generations of fans patiently awaited the opportunity to pay homage to their hero.
The interior of the store is modern and industrial. Selections of inventory carefully curated by Jordan himself are presented on glass shelves in front of an exposed brick wall. The grey floor underneath the visitors’ feet features doodles relevant to both Chicago and Michael. On one side, the silhouettes of Jordan’s iconic sneakers are framed on the wall like family photographs. The second floor of the building houses Station 23, a high-tech training facility dedicated to elite high school athletes from the greater Chicago area, featuring a full-length basketball court alongside state-of-the-art strength and conditioning equipment. Just as the colossal mural of Michael’s perfect 1988 dunk covering the entire wall behind the row of cash registers suggests: here in Chicago, M.J. is larger than life itself.
“The idea came out of my head about a year ago. In Paris, there was an outdoor exhibit in 1990 (or) 1991. That’s the first time I had ever seen photography displayed so the masses could see it… I started thinking of Michael (Jordan) and the joy he brought here (to Chicago).” Walter Iooss, the award-winning photographer behind the lens of some of Jordan’s most recognizable images, aims to bring that joy back to the city. In celebration of Jordan’s rookie season’s 30th anniversary Iooss set up “Open Air,” a free outdoor exhibition overlooking the city. Iooss first photographed Jordan in 1987 before Jordan’s first NBA Championship. For twelve years after, Iooss followed Jordan around like a detective, pointing out that “it was almost impossible to take a bad picture of him.” As for Iooss’ work, Jordan once commented “he’s quick and he’s good.” Both reviews are apparent in the thirty on and off the court Jordan photographs showcased in “Open Air.”
Walter Iooss “Open Air” photo exhibit runs until July 31, 2015 and is located outside of the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.