Growing up Skateboarding was a different doorway to sneakers than most of my homies who played ball and had exposure to Jordan etc. My connection to sneakers was born when I started wearing pro models, I was looking up to skaters like Jim Greco, Dylan Rieder and Chad Muska who were blurring the lines between skate and fashion.
In 2016 the Adidas X consortium tour releases came out (Hypebeast, Solebox, KITH etc) and this was the year I really dived into the culture. Every few weeks there was a Raffle that I scrambled everyone I knew to get tickets for me or a drop for first in first served leading to overnight camps on the streets of Sydney. It was such a great time for the community I made so many friends and all through our love for Sneakers. These very friends are life long now which is amazing.
Now that I have kids myself this really does sum it up, but for me getting a new pair of kicks or winning a raffle is the same feeling a kid has on Xmas coming down the stairs to presents under the tree.
Chitose Abe - Founder (Sacai)
Jerry Lorenzo - Founder (Fear of God)
George Heaton - Founder (Represent Clo)
Cole & Jonny - Founders (Cole Buxton)
I appreciate those who push boundaries and aren’t pigeon holing themselves into a single division. Brands willing to play in Luxury, Streetwear & Fitness. Generally any brand that is building a uniform for all occasions.
I can’t wait to see what Jerry Lorenzo does with Adidas Basketball and with an Archive as big as Adidas he has endless opportunity and inspiration.
Nike Sacai Vaporwaffle
Jordan x Union 4
Rick Owens Ramones
Jordan 1 Mocha
Jordan Union 1 Black Toe (Would be hard to not take these off if they were in my possession)
I have a very particular fit in Tees (Weight, Length, sleeves etc) so when I find a brand that has a solid block I’ll usually buy every tee they drop. Outside of Tees my Prada cross body bag is a daily essential that partnered with a Tom Wood ring and one of my hats.