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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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Air Max Day 2020

On March 26, 1987, Nike debuted the Air Max 1, its first sneaker showcasing the Swoosh’s now iconic Air technology through a side-visibility window. Thirty-three years later, and with the ever improving innovations of Nike Air, the company still celebrates the revolutionary cushioning platform on the release date of its first shoe. 

This Air Max Day, Nike pays homage to the countless Air Max variations over the years that paved the way for the future of Air. This year boasts a collection of releases, from flips of some old favorites to introducing a new member to the Air Max lineage.

The Air Max 90 is being re-released in a trio dubbed the “Metallic Pack” for its gold, silver & bronze color-ways in the silhouettes recently adjusted vintage shape.

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Maharishi

London based streetwear brand Maharishi, named for the literal Sanskrit translation great seer or Guru. The brand exudes a great vision in clothing. It was founded in 1994 by Hardy Blechman with the great vision to create environmentally sound, fair-trade produced, long-lasting, high-quality, utilitarian clothing.

The collections have always included the strong natural fibre hemp as well as organic cottons and up-cycled military clothing. Maharishi maintains a strong ethos of respect for nature while utilizing the latest technology. Shop the collection here!

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MISBHV

Women’s Spring ’20 Collection

Hailing from Poland, MISBHV started in 2013 with Natalia Maczek making pseudo-designer t-shirts for her friends to wear to clubs, as a summer side project. After she decided on fashion over law school, she enlisted co-designer & creative director Thomas Wirski and began making full men’s & women’s collections. After a successful SS17 New York Fashion Week show, Rihanna wore their brand during her “Anti” Tour and brand began to gain notoriety. Wirski jokes that the brand was “never supposed to be taken seriously.” However, they have created a serious movement over past few years.

MISBHV aims to merge streetwear and 90’s rave culture to create pieces that are equal parts nostalgic & unique. These influences shine in motocross inspired cropped tops & shorts, as well as sports bras paired with baggy bottoms. She’s also produced men’s pieces with frayed seams, typefaces reminiscent of 90’s streetwear brands and very on-trend tie dyes. Shop the collection here!

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Coming Soon: Kentucky & Syracuse Nike Dunk Lows

The “Syracuse” and “Kentucky” Nike Dunk Lows are arriving March 14th. After being sneak previewed on the likes of Travis Scott, University of Kentucky’s John Calipari, and Devin Booker over the past few months, we are geared up for the official release. Both colorways pay homage to universities that were part of Nike’s original “Be True To Your School” Dunk pack. The pack was released in 1985 and comprised seven Dunk Highs made for Nike-sponsored schools University of Michigan, University of Kentucky, University of Iowa, Georgetown, Syracuse, St. John’s and UNLV. Perhaps we will see more of the Dunk Lows from this collection in 2020, as Virgil Abloh has used the UNLV & Michigan colorways for recent releases as well.

Enter the raffle for the Syracuse Dunk Lows here!

Enter the raffle for the Kentucky Dunk Lows here!

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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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Puma x RHUDE: Season 2

Arriving March 7th, season 2 of the Rhude & Puma collaboration is sure to catch eyes. Rising streetwear brand RHUDE is the epitome of youthful sophistication and attitude. Their simple yet provocative designs have made them one of the most coveted men’s labels in LA ­­­– worn by some of the biggest names in music, sport, and fashion. The second season of PUMA x RHUDE is inspired by motorsport gear, putting a modern twist on motorsport badges, branding, and stripes. This top speed collection appears in a muted color palette with loud pops of neon.

“For my second installment with PUMA, I thought about merging two worlds and re-ushering Formula 1 and racing culture into a community that isn’t as acquainted with the sport. The Motorsport theme lies within the cuts and seamlines emulating those you see in the uniform, but modernizing it with color palettes and shape. Formula 1 is a sport that I feel a close connection to, and I wanted to share that through the partnership with PUMA to bring visibility to a sport to the youth and younger generation that may not know much about its existence.” – Rhuigi V 

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Air Jordan 2 “Rivals”

The AJ 2 “Rivals” is inspired by the NBA franchises that challenged “His Airness” the most. This is a ladies-exclusive drop that follows the “What The” pattern, with both left and right shoes and their respective panels sporting an assortment of colors and materials. Each pair honors four of the most formidable NBA franchises from the mid-to-late 80s and early 90s. These teams significantly challenged Mike and his Bulls, undoubtedly fueling his winning mentality for future success.

The left shoe, dedicated to the Western Conference, features the team colors of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Portland Trailblazers. Those being the first two teams that challenged MJ and his Bulls in the NBA Finals. The right shoe, for the East, honors both the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks, two who provided some of the most epic battles in Mike’s career. Lux materials on the silhouette include quilted leather, similar to the Don C,  jersey mesh, basketball-textured leather, satin, and patent leather.

This shoe is now available in-store & online here!

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Reese Cooper

Reese Cooper, a multidisciplinary artist, is a storyteller. He documents his exploration and experiences in his label. From fashion to photography, film to furniture, each project or collection tells a story – some fact, some fiction – woven together through powerful imagery and messaging all underpinned by precision detail.

He’s a 21 year old designer born in Atlanta and based out of LA by way of London. He launched the label in 2016 at the age of 18 and now at the age of 21, he is the youngest ever finalist for the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund. This award is given in support of a promising American designer and former winners include Thom Browne, Kirby Jean-Raymond (Pyer Moss) and the Elder Statesmen.

If any description is to be given to his clothing, Cooper prefers “modern heritage.” Mixing Americana and workwear effortlessly, it stands part from other brands with how authentically it tells a story. The men’s SS2020 collection is titled “How A Letter Travels” and draws direct inspiration from the US Postal Service as a metaphor for how far people are willing to go to tell their story & deliver their message. The collection is made for travelers, featuring lightweight nylon cargo pants & shorts, and uppers decorated in images of postal workers, stamps and mailboxes. Shop the collection here!

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Wish x Surrender “BHM Workshop”

February 21, 2020 we partnered with local Atlanta brand “Surrender America” for a Black History Month T-shirt customizing workshop. Guests were able to create custom BHM t-shirts using graphics of Historic African-Americans, designed by Surrender’s founder Stevie Pettus & his partner Petie Parker.

New Brand: Aries

Sofia Pantera founded Aries in London in 2010 with the help of graphic design legend Fergus Purcell. This was after almost a decade of designing for cult streetwear label Silas. This brand exudes non-conformity and confidently downplays being easily classified. Many of their pieces are created gender neutral to emphasize inclusivity.

“We wanted Aries to be a return to that 80s sensibility where street wear was fashion and vice versa. I make most of our patterns myself and
we hand dye and hand print in the studio. I like going against conventional pattern-cutting rules. I love that we can create pieces with firsthand experimentation which would be almost impossible to make within the constraints of a high street brand. We can also be a lot less
wasteful – using off cuts of leather to make jeans labels, reusing leftover fabric and denim to patch jeans”

https://www.ariesarise.com/about-aries-brand-book/

Pantera mentions that Aries’ creation is a product of her “struggling with reconciling her love for fashion, beautifully made and cut clothes, and sartorial experimentation with the love for streetwear, anti-fashion youth movements and trash culture in general,” so she decided that Aries should encompass all of those aspects. Check out the collection here!

Jordan Women’s Flight Capsule Release

To celebrate Jordan Brand’s first women’s apparel capsule, we partnered with DJ OHSO to turn The Gallery at Wish ATL into OHSO’s “Bounce Dat Beauty Parlor” & do something engaging with Atlanta’s growing population of women’s streetwear enthusiasts. The Parlor services included custom nail design, a baby hair station & a temporary tattoo artist. The Jordan Women’s Flight Collection was designed with a “function-first” aesthetic in mind, the clothing has a streetwear edge that can easily transition from the gym to the club.

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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.

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