Nike has released the colourful 2019 BETRUE collection in support of creating a more inclusive culture.
Featuring tees, sneakers, socks, hoodies and shoulder bags, the BETRUE collection pays homage to activist Gilbert Baker and his iconic rainbow flag design that after 40 years remains a universal symbol for the LGBTQIA community.
For the first time, Nike features the original eight-colour flag on its clothing. This collection is just Nike’s latest work supporting sexual and gender identities. Since 2012, Nike has also provided $3.6 million in financial and in-kind support to LGBTQIA+ causes.
Nike designers gave each shoe a hand-crafted effect by embroidering symbols including the eight-layer Swoosh on the Nike Air Max 90 BETRUE and the rainbow flag on the Tailwind 79 sneaker. This is a nod to the fact that Gilbert Baker handmade everything he designed.
Every shoe’s right sockliner features the Pride flag’s eight colours and explains what each represents. Every left sockliner is pink and presents Baker’s signature.
The Nike 2019 BETRUE collection is releasing in small drops throughout June, which also happens to be Pride month.
MR PORTER Collaborates on an Exclusive T-Shirt Collection
High-end retail hub MR PORTER has teamed up with 17 contemporary designers for an exclusive T-shirt capsule collection. Consisting of 44 silhouettes in total, the range intertwines MR PORTER’s own DNA with that of each respective brand to superb effect. Participating labels include 424, 1017 ALYX 9SM, Aimé Leon Dore, AMBUSH®, Aries, BILLY, Carhartt WIP, John Elliott, KAPITAL, Noon Goons, Pasadena Leisure Club, Pop Trading Company, Très Bien, and Undercover. MR PORTER is also bringing Billionaire Boys Club, Come Tees, and Reese Cooper® into the fold for the first time.
Featuring a blend of new designs and resurrected archived prints, the MR PORTER T-shirt collection emanates with instant iconography. As such, there’s no shortage of highlights. For the Carhartt collaboration, Aussie artist Flossy came onboard to deliver the Military Mountaineering T-shirt. Other choice examples include the 424 Americana patchwork flag T-shirt, 1017 ALYX 9SM logo and camouflage printed T-shirt, BILLY Distressed Skate Monster T-shirt, Undercover Archive Goblin Apple logo T-shirt, Reese Cooper® Air Freight T-shirt, and so much more.
MR PORTER’s new and exclusive capsule collection kicks off a sustained T-shirt campaign that will continue throughout the summer. Check in with the site’s weekly online magazine, The Journal, for updates starting 6 June.
The Jeff Banks JB SUN RX 07 Sunglasses are Sleek and Sporty
Featuring a wraparound black acetate, chequered pattern, and rubber skull temple grips, the Jeff Banks JB SUN RX 07 Sunglasses emanate sporty style. Each pair comes with standard single vision lenses, scratch-resistant treatment, case, and cloth. The frames are also compatible with a variety of additional lens styles, including ultraclear, superclean, polarising, reactions, ultradrive tint, and more.
For decades, Welsh designer Jeff Banks has delivered distinct fashion for the modern male, and the JB SUN RX 07 Sunglasses certainly abide by his legacy. Awash with choice details and a sporty aesthetic, they represent a sleek and sophisticated take on athletic design. Whether you’re cruising through the outback or hitting the slopes, these shades will have you doing so in maximum style. They’re also supremely high performing and easy to clean. Plus, no one argues with black.
Drake is Gifted a Diamond-Encrusted Jacket
As if being a famous multi-millionaire wasn’t sweet enough, hip-hop superstar Drake is privy to all sorts of exclusive giveaways. The latest swag to join his growing collection is a diamond-encrusted jacket from Garrison Bespoke owner Michael Nguyen. Valued at USD$747,000, it pays tribute to Drake’s iconic OVO brand as well as his widely publicised love of the Toronto Raptors.
Nguyen spent about a year and a half making the jacket, which bridges old school craftsmanship and new-school aesthetic. Sandwiched between the diamond-studded emblems of an OVO owl logo and glimmering basketball is a signature jersey crafted from vintage fabric. As one might suspect, Nguyen has received a slew of inquiries since the jacket made its grand debut.
Like Jack Nicholson and Spike Lee before him, Drake’s loyalty to his favourite basketball team has become the stuff of legend unto itself. The rapper’s courtside antics have spurned legions of headlines and trends alike. For example, after he was spotted using a lint roller to clean his pants, the Raptors handed out over 1200 OVO-branded lint rollers to fans.
Meanwhile, this represents the fifth time that Nguyen has crafted a Raptors-themed jacket for Drake. And while (Raptors owner) MLSE doesn’t directly sponsor the tradition, it surely doesn’t mind the extra press. Nguyen is reportedly giving lots of thought to next year’s design, which has plenty to live up to.
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