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KICKS IN FLIX

This week, as we continue to long for basketball in the wake of social distancing, we’ve been getting our hoops fix through ESPN classic games & classic basketball films. We scoured some of favorite basketball movies for some awesome basketball sneaker cameos. Check them out below and definitely check out our selection of basketball sneakers here!

White Men Cant Jump (1992)

Kadeem Hardison as Junior in the 1993 film “White Men Can’t Jump” in the Air Jordan IV “Black Infrared” from 1991.

Celtic Pride (1996)

Damon Wayans as Lewis Scott for the Utah Jazz in the Jordan 11 Concords from 1995.

Like Mike (2002)

Lil Bow Wow (Calvin Cambridge) just ripped through a pair of Nike Blazers on court with Morris Chestnut donning the Air Jordan 9, originally released in 1993. The Jordan 9 was actually released when Mike went into baseball, so he never actually wore this on court until much later in his career as a member of the Washington Wizards.

Sunset Park (1996)

In this scene, a player from Washington Heights is wearing a pair a Jordan 3 “Black/Cement” on court, very shortly after the shoes first retro release.

Above The Rim (1994)

This is a shot of Shep (Leon Robinson) playing the best game ever seen by a man in khakis. I attribute his success on court to the classic Adidas Pro Model (1970) he’s wearing in the game.

He Got Game (1998)

Hoop Dreams (1994)

Arthur Agee in the Converse ERX 200 (1987). Converse was a major player in the world of basketball sneakers in the 70’s & 80’s and this was a choice amongst the games best hoopers at the time.

Love & Basketball (2000)

Quincy McCall portrayed by Omar Epps is rocking the Storm Blue Air Jordan 1 as a player at Crenshaw Highschool.

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What the Chuck? Famous Converse Cameos In Movies

WishFlix is a new weekly series dedicated to film and highlighting different trends in movies.

For this first installment we’ll cover the timeless classic and ever ubiquitous Chuck Taylor All-Star by Converse. Initially produced as a basketball sneaker in 1917, Chuck requested that they redesign the sneaker with more support and flexibility for players. He at the time was a player-manager for Chicago based Converse All-Star Basketball team. Converse re-released the sneaker in 1922 and added Taylors signature to the ankle patch and birthed one of the most iconic pieces of footwear of all-time.

Check out 5 of our favorite Chuck cameos below! Click here to check out our selection of Chuck’s as well!

Stranger Things (2018)

Stranger Things season 3 star Robin Buckley (Maya Hawke) sporting the Red Chuck Lows, in the Georgia-filmed Netflix series.

The Last Dragon (1985)

“Kiss My Converse” scene from the Last Dragon, a martial arts comedy commissioned by Berry Gordy.

Ready Player One (2018)

Fast & The Furious (2001)

Paul Walker donning the Chuck Lo’s as his character Brian’s sneaker of choice, in Universal Film Studio’s biggest on screen franchise “Fast & The Furious.”

Grease (1978)

John Travolta bustin’ a move in this iconic dance scene from Grease, wearing the black Chuck Lows.

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BHM Kids Run 2020

We partnered with local running club Mover’s & Pacers to help sponsor a 2 mile children’s running tour of the Historic Sweet Auburn neighborhood in Atlanta, GA. There were 3 main goals for this activity.

  • Sports – encouraging activity through running, helping to improve focus, reduce stress & burn calories.
  • Education – the places visited on the tour are all symbolic of people & organizations that helped birth the civil right movement.
  • Community – honoring the past, enduring the present and building for the future.

We also provided Wish “BHM” t-shirts to all of the children and parents that took part in the running event.

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New Balance – “Inspire The Dream” Collection

Following up a strong 2019, New Balance is ready to make a splash in the lifestyle & basketball realms to start off 2020. After having a strong hold on running since the brands inception, growth in these other avenues is not only expected but desired. This year New Balance is releasing its first ever Black History Month Collection. The “Inspire The Dream” pack is brought to you by the first ever, all African-American Product team. This collection is anchored by Kawhi Leonards “OMN1S” and also features complimenting color-ways of the 997S & 850’s as well. The entire collection exhibits navy uppers with red and gold accents inspired Kawhi’s highschool colors and his championship mindset.

Shop the collection here!

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A Day In The “A” With The Atlanta Hawks

This past week the Atlanta Hawks had a “Day In The A” led by Coach Pierce. The team visited various Atlanta landmarks to help them really connect with the city that they proudly represent on a nightly basis. For their second stop of the day, they came by Wish ATL after leaving the Martin Luther King Center. As they were in the lot marveling over the Outkast Mural, Atlanta Rapper & Activist Killer Mike came by to impart some gems of financial literacy and historic Atlanta knowledge to the young Hawks team. We were able to spend some time with the team and talk about their favorite sneakers to play in, amongst a myriad of other topics. Check out the images below!

Wish For Kicks 2019

This past holiday season, we partnered with local non-profit Chris 180 for the 4th consecutive year to provide premium footwear to a group of amazing teens under foster care. CHRIS is an acronym that stands for their core values: Creativity, Honor, Respect, Integrity and Safety. They aim to improve the community by providing children, adults, and families with high-quality, trauma-informed behavioral health services and support systems. We are elated to be able to provide this service each year, thanks to EVERYONE that donated to our Wish For Kicks campaign!

Introducing New Brand: LYpH

“UK brand LYpH is an Avant Garde clothing company creating mens and womens clothing for the culture and context of now.”

The LYpH label prides itself on continuing the conversation of sustainable fashion amongst its team and close collaborators. The brand is being continuously inspired by various cultures, countries and the citizens across the globe.

“An idea within the LYPH walls is to create a product and design function that is constructed out of prefabricated pockets with standardized dimensions, allowing for easy assembly and flexible arrangement. A product that can be recycled through seasons and genders. The LYPH pockets will switch between garments and accessories. Upcycling LYPH  pockets and attaching them to the latest LYPH product creates a new look each time and is less harmful to the environment.”

Ultimately, they aim to lead by example, ultimately expanding the conversation on sustainable clothing practices.

Conversation: Streetwear

In honor of Virgil Abloh’s “Figures Of Speech” exhibit currently in show, the High Museum of Art hosted a conversation about the state of Atlanta’s streetwear scene. Moderated by the “Lifestyle Specialist” Kenny Burns, the esteemed panelists included Wish’s Creative Director Renaldo Nehemiah, Curator & Set-Designer Marina Skye & Boutique Owner Kwassi Byll-Cataria of Moda 404. The topics of the night included Virgils impact on the fashion culture of Atlanta, and how Atlanta’s culture may have influenced Virgil as well. The question of the night came when Kenny chose to dive in to Virgil’s recent comments surrounding the eventual “death of streetwear.” It’s still “up in the air” what he truly meant by that statement, but like most things in art, it is completely up to your interpretation.

Summer Time Accessories at Wish

Clothing and accessories for your summer in Atlanta: Including Braves Gear, Wish Yoga, and Chinatown Tennis.

Wish has you covered this baseball season with Braves gear in all forms including jerseys, backpacks, fanny packs and more. Click here to view Braves merchandise at Wish.

The Wish Yoga Collection, The Chinatown Market Tennis Collection (an official collaboration with SMILEY®) and select Spring/Summer 2019 items from Chinatown Market are now available both online and in store.

The Wish Gallery offers monthly Yoga experiences. Visit the Galley’s website for more details.

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SPRING EDIT — lumières

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Decontextualizing the skater culture and elevate it to the next level, our first editorial of the year transcends reality as we know it into a futuristic playground. As Passarella, 3.Paradis, Quatre Cent Quinze and Magic Stick blur the geographical lines between Atlanta / Paris / London, we take you through a surreal dreamscape where all come to play.

ATLANTA EXCLUSIVE: Nike SC Trainer High ATL 96 Release

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Wish ATL & Epitome have teamed up for this exclusive Atlanta event. The Nike SC Trainer High ATL 96 will release on 8/5 in store at both locations.
Staying true to Atlanta and the history of the 1996 Olympic Games, on Thursday 8/4, we will host an Olympic themed scavenger hunt for 5 lucky winners from each store to be awarded the chance to reserve their sneaker on release day, Friday 8/5. Clues will also be given via each store’s snapchat.

Rules:
• Meet at Centennial Olympic Park at noon to enter the race. Representatives from both stores will be present.
• Participants will be given a clue at the start of the race that will lead them to their next destination.
• Participants who answer correctly and retrieve the next clue will then be placed on teams (#teamwish) (#teameptiome). 10 participants are eligible.
• Team Wish & Team Epitome will  need to find the remaining 3 clues each and return to the store of their team.
• Each participant/team member that retrieves all 4 clues and returns them to the team store will be eligible to reserve their shoe and place in line prior to the release on Friday 8/5.
• Each participant must be registered at the start of the race. Collecting any clue out of order will be dismissed.
• Participants may not use assistance from any other persons during the race
• Winners will be notified of instructions for pick up once race is complete.
• For those not participating in the Scavenger hunt, the release will be first come first serve on Friday 8/5 @ noon at both location.

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New Balance Women’s 2014 Summer New Arrivals

New Balance graces its female customer with a new pairing of releases for the summer season. The duo, consisting of a 580 and 574 model, sees a colorful burst of colors fitting for the season. Enhanced by a unique blend of materials and New Balance’s consistent standard of quality, these new releases are now available at Wish. 

Purchase the New Balance Women’s 2014 Summer New Arrivals here as well as in-store through our Moreland Ave. location. 

New Balance, Summer, Women's

Coming Soon: Nike KD VII “USA”

Nike unveils an all new model under the Kevin Durant seal. First up for the silhouette is the Nike KD VII “USA” colorway, which doubles as a patriotic tribute for the 4th of July and a fine option for Kevin Durant’s international play this summer. A somewhat casual shoe, the mid-foot strap makes for a good fit both on and off the court. Graphic detailing distinguishes the tongue lining and forefoot branding, while Foamposite material wraps around the heel. Be on the lookout for this pioneer release coming soon to Wish.

Nike, nike kd vii usa

adidas Originals Stan Smith “Reflective” Pack

After seeing numerous collaborations, colorways, and material stories, adidas Originals revamps its iconic Stan Smith model in a great new way. This latest edition features a black and metallic colorway, complemented by snakeskin trim. Sporting a fully-reflective 3M upper, traditional laces have even been replaced with 3M threading throughout.

Purchase adidas Originals Stan Smith “Reflective” Pack here as well as in-store through our Moreland Ave. location. Phone orders are accepted by dialing 404.880.0402. Email orders are accepted by sending a size request to orders@wishatl.com 

3m, Adidas Originals, reflective, Stan Smith

Wish x adidas Originals SL Loop Runner “Independent Currency”

We’re excited to announce our latest project, a collaboration with none other than adidas Originals and its new showcase model, the SL Loop Runner. Dubbed “Independent Currency”, we infused elements of the elusive and rare $2 Bill, paying homage to America’s Independence Day. The toe cap, eyelets, and pull tab elements of the SL Loop Runner add great contrast with hits of dark green and mint suede. One of the first releases of its kind, the SL Loop “Independent Currency” will be available exclusively at Wish on July 4th, and other top-tier adidas Originals accounts on July 11th. 

Photography by Wish Atlanta

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adidas Originals Stan Smith “Yellow” and “Fox Brown” Suede

The adidas Stan Smith presents yet another suede pack to further this legendary line of shoes. Arriving in “Yellow” and “Fox Brown”, the Stan Smith exudes a simple elegance and minimal mono-paneled sides featuring the Three Stripes in perforated form. While the original silhouette sported a contrasting suede heel tab, adidas flipped its design to offer a collection of Stan Smith with a mostly suede upper.

Purchase adidas Originals Stan Smith “Yellow” and “Fox Brown” Suede here as well as in-store through our Moreland Ave. location. Phone orders are accepted by dialing 404.880.0402. Email orders are accepted by sending a size request to orders@wishatl.com 

adidas stan smith, fox brown, Suede, Yellow

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