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On today's episode, Tony and Zoe discuss two brand new Complex shows, Hounded and Price The Hype which are currently out. Later on, Tony swings by an undisclosed location to preview the upcoming Air Jordan holiday releases and let's just say, it's fuego my eggo!
Sole Collector's latest unboxing takes a closer look at four of the five pairs that initially released from Nike's “The Ten” Collection by Virgil Abloh.
The “Revealing” Air Max 90, Blazer, Air Presto, and Air Jordan 1 are all featured in the in-depth Unboxing, where we examine the materials used on each pair, as well as details like Abloh's signature red zip ties, quotation branding, and inside out boxes.
If you missed out on the highly limited release in New York City, they will be receiving a worldwide release this November alongside the remaining five pairs from the collection. Also make sure to subscribe to the Sole Collector YouTube channel today to stay up to date with all of our latest videos.
Public School is the definitive product of two New York City natives and their go-getter spirits. In less than 10 years since its 2008 inception, founders Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne —who met while working at Sean John— catapulted their own menswear brand to immense popularity with a high-fashion-meets-streetwear approach to design, racking up multiple awards in the process.
While the style and wearability of the apparel made a name for itself, Public School truly claimed its stake as leaders in the fashion industry when it teamed up with Jordan Brand. After working on exclusive friends-and-family versions of the Air Jordan 1, Air Jordan X, and Carmelo Anthony's M10, the NYC-based brand expanded its horizon and launched the PSNY x Air Jordan XII to the public — a dark-grey luxe rendition that resonated with the purest of sneakerheads and menswear enthusiasts alike. The collab was the precursor to three more Air Jordan XIIs that embodied the brand’s hometown of New York City, as well as Paris and Milan.
After a small world tour with the XIIs, the Public School duo is back home for New York Fashion Week to debut their Spring/Summer 2018 collection and a brand new capsule in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Using the black sheep of the Air Jordan lineage, the XV, Public School re-imagined Tinker Hatfield’s original design in ways never seen before. The collection includes Air Jordan XVs for men in black suede, an olive woven material, and for the first time ever, an Air Jordan XV boot for women.
The successful runway show located in the heart of Chinatown was followed up with a nearby pop-up shop, where the footwear and apparel was available for purchase. There, Complex caught up with the PSNY founders, joined fellow Sean John alumnus and current Senior Director of Energy Projects at Jordan Brand Gemo Wong, to talk about the latest drop.
Check out out the latest episode of #LifeAtComplex for a closer look at the star-studded event, inside the pop-up shop, and interview.
How did Public School’s relationship with Jordan Brand first come about?
Gemo Wong: So I’ve known Dao-Yi for a while, we used to work together. As his brand Public School kind of progressed, it felt like the timing was right to do something especially in the apparel space. The partnership started with apparel first and then we kind of explored footwear
After doing your first footwear collaboration, did you know it would become an ongoing partnership?
GW: We just kind of did what we felt was right. It’s all about time, who we [Jordan] are as a brand and who they are as a brand.
What was the motivation behind using the Air Jordan XV for this collab?
Dao-Yi Chao: It’s starts with a conversation. The great thing about working with Gemo and his team is that, there isn’t a set schedule, there isn’t a set plan. We only work when we feel it’s right. When we a great idea, we take it to him and if he likes the idea, he’ll set things into motion. With the XVs specifically, Gemo’s always challenged us to work on shoes that sort of lie outside of the 1s, IIIs, IVs, Vs, VIs, XIs — the really popular ones that iterated a l lot and so we enjoy that challenge. Coming off working on the XII, changing that iconic shoe into something that was definitively Public School, was something that we wanted to carry over on the XVs. It’s a love it or hate it shoe.
He’s said that on record. Were there any challenges you faced while designing these Air Jordan XVs?
Maxwell Osborne: Not really. Maybe on the women’s side, trying to make the boot.
DC: That was another idea that was born just out of conversation. Like, “Yo, we wanna do it during Fashion Week during the show, but it’s a women’s show. It would be crazy if we turned the XV into a boot!”
It already is kind of chunky like a boot.
DC: Exactly. We wanted to accentuate the obvious things about the shoes. The fold back on the tongue I guess is what you would call it — all of those things we wanted to really build on top of, but make it feel like our own shoe. That’s the point of any good collaboration. You gotta add something to it. It’s already great in its own realm, but how do you add to it and make it something better?
The tongue of the sneakers feature a “WNL” logo. What does the “We Need Leaders” motto specifically mean to Public School as a brand?
MO: “We Need Leaders” for us, was really a call to action. It was for everybody to step up. Us, our team, everybody around the world, just to step up and be better. It also mean when no one’s looking. So, are you the same type of person when the lights turn off and you go home? Are you the same type of person you show face to when you step out of that? WNL mean a lot to us in terms of special leadership and people stepping up to the plate.
When you first released the first grey PSNY XIIs did you expect such a big reaction?
DC: I don’t know, I didn’t know what to expect.
GW: You always have your fingers crossed. You always go in wishing the best. We took a different approach to it, so we were hoping for a good response, especially in [Public School’s] space, the fashion space, it was good overall.
Did the response play a part in following up with the city series or was it already in the works?
GW: Again it all comes down to what we felt was right timing wise, what these guys are into, and making sure the brands are in tune, so as a evolution as the grey we felt like doing the City pack was a good addition.
DC: We say that thing and always felt it was almost boot-like, the way we molded it out, so we just sampled it in a wheat colorway because it felt like a boot. So from there, again, just from the conversation, they put it into work. We it came back we were like, “What if we flip three colors — the Wheat is so New York— what if we created a colorway for Paris and a colorway for Milan?” That’s how it goes, then we try it out. If it don’t feel right then we keep it moving, but if we’re onto something, I think it all clicks with us and we push it forward.
When that release happened launching the collection over multiple cities, it really changed the way retail works. Do you guys plan to do that again, say with this release?
GW: It all depends on the project, the time, how we feel when we all get together.
Gemo, can you explain your role as head of Energy Projects at Jordan Brand?
GW: I’m Senior Director of Energy Projects. That’s everything from what you see here — footwear, apparel, to anything limited and sought after within the brand.
How do you decide on which people to work with like KAWS, Drake, or Travis Scott? GW: It just all depends on where the brand is at. I don’t want to feel like we have to do collabs. I feel like we should let collabs enhance the brand, rather than we need them for the brand. It takes the pressure off. There is no, “Oh man, I gotta do a collab this month, next month.” As with this project, it’s just timing, where we are as a brand and if it feels right, then we do it.
Why is it important for Jordan Brand to focus on fashion and lifestyle versus just sports?
GW: We concentrate a lot on sports as well. It just so happens that we do some fashion stuff. You look at our portfolio, we still do a lot in the basketball space with athletes like Russ and all their signature shoes, but we also do stuff in the fashion space. Our brand means a lot to everyone, which could be a gift and a curse. As result, we just try to balance it out.
What was it like working with Diddy back during your time at Sean John?
MO: All three of us met at Sean John actually. How did it feel? It felt great! [Laughs] You got Puff’s son behind you.
DC: That brand, that moment in time sort of represented this idea of aspiration. Everything about Puff, even outside of fashion was you should aspire for something better. I think that really stuck with us. That idea of aspiration, doing something unexpected, but always presenting this idea of aspiration to do something better or to make something better. We all went different routes, but that definitely stuck with us.
A Sikh politician is receiving international applause for the way he responded to a belligerent woman.
The incident occurred earlier this week in Brampton, Ontario, during a meet-and-greet event for Jagmeet Singh. While speaking to the crowd, Sing—a member of Canada’s left-leaning New Democratic Party—was confronted by a visibly angry woman who got in his face preceded to shout racist accusations.
“We know you’re in bed with Sharia,” said the woman who introduced herself as “Jennifer.” “We know you’re in bed with the Muslim Brotherhood. We know by your vote! […] When is your Sharia going to end? At what point, when we're throwing gays off rooftops?”
Sharia is a system of principles and laws based on Islam.
Though Singh referred to the incident as “awkward,” he was able to handle the situation with grace, despite the woman becoming increasingly angry and threatening to call the police if anyone touched her.
“We believe in love and courage. Love and courage […] We don't want to be intimidated by hate. We don't want hatred to ruin a positive event,” the 38-year-old politician told the crowd. “So let’s show people how will will treat someone with love: We welcome you. We love you. We support you.”
The crowd then began chanting “love and courage” Singh’s campaign slogan. The woman eventually ended her rant and stormed off as the crowd cheered.
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Beyoncé went down to her hometown of Houston, Texas on Friday, September 8 to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. Beyoncé, along with her former groupmate Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, served food to victims of the hurricane.
While at the church Beyoncé shared some words, saying to the crowd, “This today is a celebration of survival. Y'all are my family, Houston is my home, and I thank God that y'all are safe, that your children are safe, the thing that really matters is your health and your children and your family and your life, and I just want to say that I love you.”
A few days back Beyoncé, following a post she made to Instagram that read “Texas, you are in my prayers,”toldthe Houston Chronicle, “My heart goes out to my hometown, Houston, and I remain in constant prayer for those affected and for the rescuers who have been so brave and determined to do so much to help.” She continued, “I am working closely with my team at BeyGOOD as well as my pastor (Rudy Rasmus at St. John's in downtown Houston) to implement a plan to help as many as we can.”
Beyoncé will also be a part of a telethon to raise funds for the victims and surviors of the flooding titled Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricane Harvey Relief. The telethon, which will be broadcast on ABC, CBS, CMT, Fox, NBC, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube on Sept. 12, will feature Kelly Rowland, Oprah Winfrey, Reese Witherspoon, Jamie Foxx, Karlie Kloss, Matthew McConaughey, Adam Sandler, and others. The event was organized by Bun B and Scooter Braun.
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After a short break, #LifeAtComplex is back with a very special episode as Tony and Beija attend Nike and Virgil Abloh’s “Off Campus” event in NYC. There Virgil shares his inspiration behind “The Ten” collection. Later, Tony hits viewers with the cinematics for the Off-White x Air Jordan 1.
19-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer is the biggest sneakerhead in the tennis world, and he joined Joe La Puma before the U.S. Open for the latest episode of Complex's Sneaker Shopping at Stadium Goods in New York City to talk about getting his own Air Jordan collab and the sneakers he wears off the court.
In the episode, Federer talks about what it was like to work with legendary Nike and Air Jordan designer Tinker Hatfield and how he designed Federer's signature sneaker in an hour on his iPad. Federer also talks about getting his own version of the Air Jordan III and how he looked up to Michael Jordan when he was growing up. He goes on to say that Nike doesn't send him every sneaker that he wants, talks about wearing Supreme x Nike collaborations, and why he loves the Air Force 1. In the end, Federer spends over $5,100 on a mix of Nike and Jordan sneakers.
As pointed out by Nice Kicks, the sneakers were auctioned off earlier this week to an unidentified buyer for $30,400. The exclusives were gifted to Kobe during the 2002-2003 NBA season, when he was playing as a sneaker free agent. At the time, many people believed he was on his way to sign with Jordan Brand, but because he ultimately inked a deal with Nike, Kobe’s Air Jordan III PEs never received a wide release. Though they were expected to appear in a limited Air Jordan pack along with the PE VIIIs, fans are still holding their breath for that drop.
The sample “Home White” pair came in Kobe’s size 14 and included the production date of 11/26/2002 on the tongue tag. According to the listing, the sneakers had never been worn, but had typical signs of aging. You can check out the IIIs in the images above and below.
On Sunday night, Ice Cube’s new Big3 basketball league made a stop at Wells Fargo Arena in Philadelphia for a slate of games. And in the days leading up to the event, the Big3 used Allen Iverson—who is a player/coach for the league’s 3’s Company team—to get Philly fans excited about the league coming to their town. It was to be a homecoming of sorts for AI, who spent a decade playing for the 76ers at the start of his NBA career and officially retired as a Sixer in 2013.
AI tried to temper expectations on Saturday by telling fans in Philly not to expect the 25-year-old AI to take the court in front of them. But while talking with Philly.com and other publications in the area, he strongly suggested that he would be playing during his team’s game, which was scheduled to be the fourth and final game on Sunday.
“I’m not going to go out there and be the 25-year-old Allen Iverson—you’re going to see a 42-year-old man out there,” he said. “But to be able to do that, for my fans, I thought that would be cool, just to get back out there again…for my fans to get that flashback.”
Plenty of fans in Philly bought into the hype and reportedly crowded into Wells Fargo Arena on Sunday. They came to see AI play in Philly one last time.
But just hours before his team was set to play, AI took to his Instagram account and posted a video to announce that he would not be playing in the Big3 game. He didn’t really give a reason for why he would be sitting out of his team’s game, but he did say that, despite not playing, he would still be there to coach and interact with those fans in attendance.
“To all my fans out there, based on advice from my doctor, I will not be playing in the game tonight for the Big3,” he said. “I will be there to coach my team and beat Dr. J’s team. I will be interacting with all my fans, and we’ll have a great time and see some great basketball. I love you fans for supporting me all of the years up to date, and I’ll see you when I get there.”
The Big3 posted the video on their Twitter page as well:
The problem with that was that, while AI may have had a legitimate excuse for skipping the game, the Big3 made the announcement about him sitting out so late in the game—both literally and figuratively—that it immediately looked like the Big3 had used the idea of AI playing in Philly as a PR stunt to sell tickets before pulling the rug out from fans. As For The Win reported, there were a lot of fans who showed up at the event to see AI play only to find out that he wouldn’t be playing while they were already in their seats. And there were a lot of people at home who ripped the Big3 for the way they handled AI’s absence from the game:
feel like this is a fraud. He's barley played then to pump up his home coming just to sit it out. Guess they think we're stupid.
And the backlash was so strong that, early Monday morning, Ice Cube was forced to address the criticism of the way the league handled AI sitting out of the game on Twitter. Cube said he was just as disappointed as everyone else about AI sitting out of the game. Cube also said AI was disappointed about it, and he told the fans in Philly that he owes them one the next time the Big3 is in town:
A.I. not playing was disappointing to everybody, including myself. Doctors told him not to get out of bed and he came anyway. Sad but true.
At the end of the day, the people who showed up at Wells Fargo Center on Sunday to see AI play basketball probably didn’t miss much. AI is obviously one of the most beloved athletes in the history of the city and will always have a special place in the hearts of Sixers fans, so it would have been nice for those fans to see him take the court. But AI has struggled in limited action in the Big3 so far this season, and he is clearly just a shell of his former self. So he probably wasn’t going to go off for 30—or hell, even 10—in the game last night.
That being said, this might be one of the many challenges the Big3 faces as it moves forward. It’s smart of them to use specific players to promote events and put fans in the seats. But if those players end up being forced to sit out due to injury, illness, or something else, then the Big 3's promotions are going to start to feel like PR stunts, and people are going to stop showing up for games. It will be part of the league’s growing pains, but it’s a problem they’ll have to address from now on whenever they decide to lean on former NBA stars to promote their product.
Adidas is dropping 10 plus NMDs this week, Jordan is dropping a super limited Air Jordan 9 Pack, Multicolor Primeknit returns to the Ultra Boost, and more. Check out the video above and the list below for this week's most important sneaker releases.
Adidas NMD_CS2 Pack
Release Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Price: $180 Available at: adidas.com and select adidas retailers
Adidas NMD_R2 Pack
Release Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Price: $170 Available at: adidas.com and select adidas retailers
Nike Air Max 1 Jewel Premium Pack
Release Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Price: $140 Available at: Nike SNKRS and select Nike retailers
Nike Air VaporMax ‘Deep Red’
Release Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Price: $190 Available at: Nike SNKRS and select Nike retailers
Puma Fenty Fur Slide Pack
Release Date: Thursday, July 13, 2017 Price: $80 Available at: Puma.com and select Puma retailers
Mr. Cartoon x Nike Cortez Pack
Release Date: Friday, July 14, 2017 Price: $110 Available at: Nike SNKRS and select Nike retailers
White Mountaineering x Adidas Pack
Release Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 Price: $ 170-$220 Available at: adidas.com and select adidas retailers
Adidas Ultra Boost “Multi-Color”
Release Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 Price: $200 Available at: adidas.com and select adidas retailers
Air Jordan 2 Decon Pack
Release Date: Saturday, July 5, 2017 Price: $160 Available at: Nike SNKRS and select Jordan retailers
Air Jordan 9 ‘Baseball Glove’ Pack
Release Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 Price: $250 Available at: Select Jordan retailers
Nike Air More Uptempo ‘Bone’
Release Date: Saturday, July 15, 2017 Price: $160 Available at: