Staple asks André about how he decides to collaborate when it comes to music, something longtime fans are aware happens few and far between these days for the legendary ATL rapper. “Sometimes people send you records like, 'Please get on this record.' Like great, great names that I actually want to get on the songs, but I'll try to write to it and it just don't work sometimes,” he explains. “It's not like a factory like Coca-Cola where I can just keeping putting out these things. So it has to feel a certain way.”
At ComplexCon 2017, Jeff Staple (founder, Staple Design) hosted The Art of Collab, with part one of the ComplexCon(versations) panel featuring legendary designer Hiroshi Fujiwara. The founder of fragment design, Fujiwara is widely regarded as the “Godfather of Streetwear” and has worked with Nike, Stussy, Louis Vuitton, and many other brands throughout his 30-plus year career.
During the conversation, Fujiwara opens up about HTM, his collaboration with Nike's Mark Parker (CEO) and Tinker Hatfield (Vice President for Design and Special Projects) that is viewed as one of the most innovative projects in the sneaker industry. He also shares his take on past collaborations spanning Levi's to Starbucks and reveals some Nike samples that could see a potential release.
Interestingly enough, one of the sample shoes features “The Ten” on the heel tab, which leads to Staple asking what it means in light of Virgil Abloh's “The Ten” collaboration with Nike. Fujiwara suggests they may have both been tasked with working on a collection with Nike, but Abloh “won the game, I lost it… the thing he did was beautiful.”
Check out part one of The Art of Collab panel above and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing part two featuring Staple and Fujiwara alongside André 3000, Sarah Andelman, and Jon Wexler.
On today’s #EverydayStruggle, DJ Akademiks and STAR respond to Snoop Dogg and Chris Brown, weigh in on Jhene Aiko’s story about how she started dating Big Sean, Troy Ave’s latest interview, and much more.
“For me, when I look at it, it's always going around in a circle,” Ahn says. “We consume it and we make it better, and then the people who gave birth to it, they kind of appreciate it again.”
Takashi also explains how Star Wars and George Lucas have had a major impact on him, and Don C. praises Hiroshi Fujiwara for being an architect for today's scene. “Everybody up in here is here… maybe a few degrees of separation, but somehow because of you,” he says.
Watch the full conversation above, and keep it locked to Complex as we'll be sharing more ComplexCon(versations) panels featuring the likes of André 3000, Rick Ross, Lena Waithe, Ryan Coogler, Virgil Abloh, Cam'ron, and more.
The “Pigeon” Nike SB Dunk came back last week in the form of a black version, but the sneaker itself almost didn't happen. In a recent interview on Sole Collector's Full Size Run show, he explains that he was afraid to put the bird on another pair of Dunks.
“When we started the conversation two years ago about doing round two, there was discussion, in my head mostly, like, 'Maybe I don't want to touch that. Maybe that's the Holy Grail,” Staple says. “I touched it in 2005, and I'm not supposed to ever touch it again.”
Staple goes on to say, “Then I was like, 'Fuck it [laughs].'”
Watch the rest of the episode above to find out how the collaboration took place and Staple's thoughts on Nike's current struggles as well as Hiroshi Fujiwara revealing that he may have another Nike “The 10” collaboration on the way.