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Chinatown Market is Making Bootleg Chuck Taylors & So Should You

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The phrase “Just Do It” is back at the forefront of sports and pop culture, but perhaps it’s just as relevant in fashion and design.

For Mike Cherman, the mind behind the KITH logo, countless Nike Sportswear projects and the brand Chinatown Market, his JDI attitude toward creation is spreading with the intent of more DIY apparel and footwear on the market.

Teaming up with Converse, the Cali resident returned to his home of New York to disrupt the red carpets of Fashion Week to set up shop at the brand’s NY flagship to create bootleg Chucks with his team of experimenters and the people of the Big Apple.

From lacing LeBron with 1 of 1s to having Erykah Badu slide into his DMs, hear why his bootlegging brand is changing the laws of collaboration and shifting the perspective on Do It Yourself style.

Nice Kicks: First off, how’s it feel to be back in New York and tell us about the Converse event.

Mike Cherman: It’s really good to be back in New York and we’re excited to bring some of our customizations here for Fashion Week. We’ve got everything from airbrushing to rhinestones to glitter transfers to hand-painting to the printing gun. We brought almost our entire office out here, so I’m pretty much a little babysitter. [Laughs] We brought it all out so I’m super excited.

Nice Kicks: The bootleg Chucks have made a huge splash. How’d the idea first come about and how does this event see the next evolution of it?

Mike Cherman: You know, that whole thing came out of the idea of taking two of the most demanded things in pop culture and smashing them together. For us, constant experimentation takes place in our office and that experimentation led us to that. Obviously, that bootleg was such a strong idea but it’s really about us continuing to tell the story of customization and the idea that Chucks can change all the time.

As consumers of the Chuck we know it’s a longstanding staple that hasn’t changed in years, but it’s our job to show that they’re so much more. You can really go crazy with them as a canvas. They’re so perfect for us to play with.

Nice Kicks: Growing up in the 2000s whether it be gear or kicks, what was your relationship to both streetwear and bootleg gear?

Mike Cherman: From a young age, I used to go into New York City with my dad. We’d go to Chinatown after he got out of work and we’d go to dinner and buy toys. That left an impression on me as a kid.

But I think the bigger picture is that we’re trying to take the whole DIY nature of what bootlegging really is and that’s creating ideas that don’t already exist and allowing them to happen. It’s almost the idea of forced collaboration. It allows us to constantly create new ideas that maybe the powers that be don’t want to see, but the idea for us is to show the consumer that the ideas are constantly coming.

Converse Chuck Taylor Chinatown Market

Nice Kicks: The bootleg Chucks have been gifted and worn by the likes of LeBron James, Nigo and Erykah Badu. How did that interest come about and what’s it like to see them sport your creative work?

Mike Cherman: You know man, the beauty for us is about the idea and less about the credit. It’s beautiful when you see LeBron get those shoes and then Erykah Badu hops in your DM and says, ‘I need them!’ I’ve been growing up listening to her since I was a kid so it’s amazing to see something like that happen.

It’s the validation of the idea, you know? We’re not out here to say Chinatown Market did this. It’s more about can we inspire that DIY nature in the marketplace? After this event, you’re gonna see hundreds of kids who went and made their own Converse and activated it themselves to create their own bootleg. To me, that’s inspiring and our idea in the first place: DIY, make it yourself and go for it. That kind of spirit is what’s going to lead the next generation of creators.

Nice Kicks: Irony and humor are at the heart of the brand. Is it perfect time to be printing a Swoosh on shoes or branding product as Nike when others are doing crazy stuff like cutting the logo off their socks?

Mike Cherman: Exactly, man. We’d like to have that statement to know that we’re behind all those things [that Nike is doing]. We’re not on the other side.

Converse Chuck Taylor Chinatown Market

Nice Kicks: Lastly, what’s next from Chinatown Market on the footwear tip?

Mike Cherman: Constant innovation on how we approach footwear projects. I think you’re going to see some really interesting things from us over the next year. We look to just continue to build our relationship with Converse and try to make some interesting projects.

We want to shake up the industry in regards to how people look at collaborations and how they look at small brands and how they can shake up the bigger landscape of retail across the US and across the world.

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nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36 // Release Date

Just like their collaboration with Vans last fall, Japanese clothing label, nonnative has applied the same design approach onto the Old Skool Style 36.

Each silhouette is constructed with a hairy suede upper that swaps out the traditional laces for a zip-up application instead. That being said, the laces haven’t completely disappeared, as they’ve been converted into a tassel design, while the iconic checkerboard pattern lines the formation of the leather sock-liner. Additionally, each offering incorporates leather insoles for an elegant design and next level comfort.

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36

The nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36 is expected to release at select retailers, like COVERCHORD on September 26.

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36

Release Date: September 26, 2018

nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36
nonnative x Vans Old Skool Style 36

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Chapter II x PUMA Suede // Release Date

PUMA teams up with Mr. Flawless as part of their Chapter II collection that celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Suede. Mr. Flawless, a custom jewelry designer for Chapter II, lends his creativity and inspiration to the Suede itself, adorning the silhouette with a series of detachable metal charms and snowflake designs.

Decked out in a taffy toned suede application on the upper, the heels are each stamped with the Chapter II logo, while both brand logos appear on the tongue.

Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede

The Chapter II x PUMA Suede is expected to be available at select retailers and online on September 20.

Chapter II x PUMA Suede

Release Date: September 20, 2018

Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede
Chapter II x PUMA Suede

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Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox Collection // Release Date

Carhartt WIP has teamed up with Converse for a trio of One Star Ox offerings that sport a series of neutral tones to complement the upcoming fall season. Each shoe is equipped with a durable nylon upper for a rugged military look, while Carhartt WIP patches appear on the tongues.

Lastly, each shoe features a D-ring application on the heel for a special forces aesthetic.

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox

The Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox Collection is expected to release at select retailers, like Sneaker Politics on September 20th.

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox Collection

Release Date: September 20, 2018
Price: $ 110 USD

Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox
Carhartt WIP x Converse One Star Ox

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ASAP Rocky x Under Armour SRLo // Release Date

After months of teasing, the ASAP Rocky x Under Armour SRLo has an official release date.

Shot by Eddie Lee for HYPEBEAST, the “secret shoes” will release tonight in Harlem at a multi-story pop-up experience with the location yet to be disclosed. The space, like the shoes, will be inspired by ’90s rave and skate culture with exclusive merch also available.

Both all-black and black/blue colorways of the SRLo will release to the tune of 250 pairs each for $ 250 a pop. The first 500 customers in line will be granted access to the event space with presumably one-in, one-out access taking place to the party over the course of the night.

While 3M accents, HOVR technology and AWGE tagging are all present, Osiris D3 inspiration isn’t just apparent, it’s calculated. In a new interview with GQ, Rocky reveals that UA brought on original Osiris D3 rider Dave Mayhew to assist with the project. This is a tad controversial as there is a long-standing discrepancy over who actually designed the original D3 with Brian Reid claiming credit and The Hundreds backing such stance. Still, it’s cool the D3 DNA is both explained and explored.

The ASAP Rocky x Under Armour SRLo is finally releasing tonight in Harlem. Will more pairs pop up on the market later? We sure hope so. Keep it locked to Nice Kicks for more details.

ASAP Rocky x Under Armour SRLo

Release Date: September 14, 2018
Price: $ 250

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adidas Yung-1 “Cloud White” // Available Now

Perhaps one of the most exciting adidas silhouettes to release this year, the Yung-1 returns and this time it comes in a clean “Cloud White” color scheme.

This iteration of the chunky Yung-1 has a premium suede and mesh upper, which sports hues of “Cloud White” throughout. A clean white rubber sole completes the look.

Available now, the adidas Yung-1 “Cloud White” can be picked up from Aphrodite Clothing Ltd.

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Here’s When You Can Cop the Air Jordan 1 “Pine Green”

Jordan Brand’s “Best Hand in the Game” pack was rare. It’s not often four Air Jordan 1s in original construction release on the same day. But it’s becoming slightly less rare when you consider other releases like the “Gatorade” collection.

There are always standouts with releases like these. The “Best Hand” pack was largely anchored by the “Clay Green” edition, which went on to achieve solo fame like a breakout artist from a larger collective. Given that singular fame, most whiffed on the “Clay Greens,” making the upcoming “Pine Green” pair all the more desirable.

Removed from suede paneling that gave the “Clay Green” certain distinction, all leather adorns the Air Jordan 1 “Pine Green” that’s due out on September 22. Official images have leaked ahead of the aforementioned release heightening anticipation for the Celtics-like execution.

Jordan Brand’s “Court Purple” Air Jordan 1 will release on the same day.

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG

Colorway: Pine Green/Sail-Black
Style #: 555088-032
Release Date: September 22, 2018
Price: $ 160

Air Jordan 1 "Pine Green"
Air Jordan 1 “Pine Green”
Air Jordan 1 "Pine Green"
Air Jordan 1 “Pine Green”
Air Jordan 1 "Pine Green"
Air Jordan 1 “Pine Green”
Air Jordan 1 "Pine Green"
Air Jordan 1 “Pine Green”

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Jim Carrey Already Has the Newly Released Don C x Jordan Legacy 312 “Black Cement”

First seen on the feet of actor Jim Carrey during an appearance on the Bill Maher show, his self-titled “Freedom Friendly Nike’s” are actually Don C‘s latest Jordan Legacy 312 colorway.

 

 

Jim Carrey shows off his Nike’s in a salute to Colin Kaepernick ??

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An ode to the Air Jordan 3 “Black Cement,” Don’s newest iteration of his hybrid style highlights tumbled black leather alongside cement print prominently placed just above the midsole. White Swoosh branding at the medial siding, of course, doesn’t appear on the famed Air Jordan 3 but it does provide distinction to Don’s pair.

The Don C x Jordan Legacy 312 “Black Cement” released today in-store at select Foot Locker locations.

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Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1 // Closer Look

It has been quite some time since we first heard about the collaboration between adidas Originals and Dragon Ball Z. Being one of the biggest collaboration for adidas this year, this collection will feature several Three Stripe sneakers. The newly released but old school-inspired adidas Yung 1 is one of them.

Recently, Py_Rates on Twitter shared a group of official images of the Dragon Ball Z x adidas Yung 1.

Let us know what you think on social and keep it locked for official release details.




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Donald Glover and adidas Announce New Creative Partnership

Donald Glover, known in many circles as Childish Gambino, is equal parts one of the best dressed and most charismatic personalities today. A multi-hyphenate that truly embodies the term, Glover continues to broaden his scope with the announcement of a new adidas creative partnership.

Adidas adds Glover to a long list of creatives that includes Kanye West, Pharrell Williams, and Alexander Wang. However, Glover represents something completely unique for the group as an actor, producer, and a television writer. They’re among the things that make this “creative partnership” something more than what’s already in existence in the sneaker space. In large part, it seems like the only reason Glover agreed to it.

“I believe it’s important not to feel like ideas are bound by specific guidelines and adidas Originals has given me the opportunity to create on my own terms. I’m looking forward to seeing what that leads to.”

Like Atlanta, Glover’s Emmy winning television show that recently finished its triumphant second season, his adidas partnership is expected to reflect a foundational aesthetic and a truly original thought. That much can be assumed by the partnership announcement, seen through an animated clip by Ivan Dixon who also produced Glover’s “Feels Like Summer” video/short film.

The partnership is said to feature sneakers, apparel, and “creative projects.”

Donald Glover
Donald Glover

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