The Toronto Raptor’s gifted Drake a custom Raptors OVO jacket. The custom one of a kind jacket is worth over an outstanding $500,000. The inside of the jacket features a ‘City Edition’ Raptors jersey inside, which was designed with Drake’s help. The fabric for the jersey was sourced from a French mill by Toronto's Garrison Bespoke, one of the first examples of "jersey" cloth from 1927. Also featured on the inside are 235 diamonds that make up the OVO owl and Raptors logo.
"This is truly a 1 of 1 piece .Both the jersey inside, which Drake himself helped design, and this very special piece of cloth. And the diamonds, of course." - Michael Nguyen, the clothier behind the jacket
Brooklyn Nets Point Guard, Spencer Dinwiddie, was ignored by the big sneaker companies early in his pro career. So he created and launched his own brand K8iros. This season he hit the court in his own footwear and each time had a one-of-a-kind custom pair that was painted by custom sneaker artist Kickasso.
We have seen Dinwiddie rock shoes that have honored Rosa Parks, Colin Kaepernick, Stan Lee, Frederick Douglass, Bruce Lee and even former President Barack Obama. Each design is inspired by the ideas of both Kickasso and Dinwiddie.
“The old adage is: look good, feel good, play good. You just feel good when you know you’ve got something nice on, something special. This year, in having my shoe, there was a different anticipation to it, looking to see how my peers would receive it. That was different. But there’s a sense of pride to it. It’s fun.” - Spencer Dinwiddie
Baylor has introduced a new look for their teams including new uniforms for each. The tag line leading up to the release of the new looks has been “One Brand. One Baylor.” with #BaylorUnited. The new look comes with a new bear head logo for each team to wear on their uniforms along with a more traditional colorway that Baylor fans will be happy to see return to the athletic teams. We see some teams introducing alternate looks and will keep an eye out for any new looks Baylor may introduce as the season progress.
The WNBA has released their special Breast Health Awareness jerseys. During the month of August, we will see each team will host a Breast Health Awareness home game. For these games we will see the teams break out the special-edition gray WNBA Breast Health Awareness uniforms.
adidas has collaborated with Marvel to bring the limited-edition ‘Heroes Among Us’ collection. The collection will feature the brand’s star athletes James Harden, Damian Lillard, Candace Parker, John Wall and Tracy McGrady.
“Basketball players, like Super Heroes, have alter-egos. Just as Super Heroes don masks, players don uniforms, and each athlete represents a different power and skill. These unique powers, once assembled, create an unstoppable force of good. With the world watching, these heroes take center stage, placing their teams, their cities and their communities on their backs.” -adidas.com
The limted-edition adidas x Marvel ‘Heroes Among Us’ footwear collection will feature; Marvel’s Iron Man | Harden Vol 3, Marvel’s Black Panther | Dame 5, Marvel’s Captain America | N3XT L3V3L, Marvel’s Nick Fury | TMAC 1, and Marvel’s Captain Marvel | Pro Vision. Shoes will be available April 26th.
The WNBA has introduced new jerseys for each of their teams. The players will wear Nike Women’s Aeroswift uniforms throughout the season for the second straight year. The designs are little different than we have seen in the past with player numbers only being on the backs of the jerseys with the team logo featured on the front. Each team has received an Icon Edition uniform in their primary colors with a Statement Edition uniform in their secondary colors.
The Warriors busted out their retro uniforms for the last regular-season in Oracle Arena. The Golden State Warriors dug back into their history for the special night and rocked the red, blue, gold and white throwback uniforms they wore from 2003-10. The uniforms were made popular by "We Believe" Warriors who upset the Mavericks in the first round of the 2007 playoffs, and become just the third No. 8 seed to reach the second round.
"A lot of history Monta was able to be a part of with the 'We Believe' era and then when I got here my rookie year he was that guy. I think for me being able to represent him on the last meant a lot because we were in that backcourt together. And obviously when he was traded it was a tough time in the transition of the organization and things like that. I wanted to pay honor to him in terms of his story and coming out of high school and being able to do what he was able to do. He was an Oakland fan. Warrior fan. Beloved guy. So only right to have him as a last night." - Steph Curry
Pitt Athletics has rebranded their entire look and along with that comes new uniforms for their teams. The team’s will go back with blue and yellow of the past with a refreshed look that includes a new panther mark along with a unique number font. After conducting a comprehensive study with Nike, the university’s branding will have a strong and unified visual identity.
"There is power in the Pitt brand and these colors and marks will maximize that strength for Panthers past, present and future,” said Pitt Director of Athletics Heather Lyke.
LeBron and Nike released the latest sneaker in the LeBron Watch collection for this season. The LeBron 16 “Air Trainers” were designed with inspiration from the “Medicine Ball” colorway of the Nike Air Trainer III, the shoe that was built to enable multiple forms of training. The kicks feature a White, Midnight Navy, and Ginger color scheme with a midfoot strap that is a nod to the original Air Trainer 3 along with its plastic overlays on the forefoot and heel.
As the madness gets under Under Armour schools will be hitting the hardwood in style. The record 29 total teams for UA - 12 women's and 17 men's - received ‘Unleash Chaos’ edition Curry 3Zero II Mid and UA Anatomix Spawn shoes. The special edition kicks come in white and gold or black and gold colorways as a nod to the all day, all night pursuit of championship gold and legendary status. On the uppers of the ‘Unleash Chaos’ edition Curry 3Zero II Mid we see the Unleash Chaos wordmark printed in gold.