Most might think of Chicago as the home to The Bulls, deep-dish pizza, and The Obamas, But the city is also home to so much more. The windy city has also been a hub of creativity. It has given us our favorite artistic masterminds like Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and Common. But Chicago has also become a growing powerhouse for streetwear.
Streetwear’s origin can be traced back to both the East and West coast. It is a mix of California surf/skate culture and New York hip-hop culture. Although the roots of this fashion style come from the coast, with brands like Juggernaut, Fat Tiger Workshop, and even Off-White just to name a few, Chicago is definitely holding a stake in streetwear at large. So It only made sense that when NBA All-Star weekend came to town, that major brands would be itching to collaborate with the streetwear trailblazers of the city.
Check out some of our favorite streetwear collaborations from NBA All-Star Weekend:
Jordan x Chicago Creators.
To Celebrate All Star Weekend, Jordan Brand collaborated with eight Chicago creatives to design a variety of special edition sneakers and apparel. The Jordan Chicago Collaborator’s Collection was literally inspired by the city. Each creative was assigned a color from the Chicago Transit system’s colored train lines and was given the task to interpret the Jordan Brand’s ethos of “UNITE”. Just a few of the highly anticipated items featured in this collection were the Off-White Jordan 5 Retros by Virgil Abloh, the Lyrical Lemonade Aerospace 720s, and an arrangement of hoodies and tye-dyed tees by Cody Hudson. Other collaborators included Sheila Rashid, Drew the Barber, the Jordan Wings initiative, Chicago streetwear boutique SucceZZ, and Chance the Rapper’s foundation SocialWorks. The collection was released globally on February 15th. Check out the rest of the collection here.
Don’t Be Mad x New Balance
From Fat Tiger Workshop to collaborating with global brands such as McDonald’s and now New Balance, Joe FreshGoods has definitely left a mark on not only Chicago but streetwear culture in general. The Don’t Be Mad x New Balance collection entitled “No Emotions Are Emotions” featured the 992 sneakers in a cohesive and sophisticated salmon pink, red, plum, and tan color palette. The collection also included the Kawhi Leonard model, OMN1S which had a similar pink, tan, and black color palette. The sneakers were accompanied by an apparel selection of t-shirts and tye-dyed sweats. The collection was released on February 14th. Check out the full lookbook on Joe’s instagram.
Levi’s x Just Don
Levi teamed up with Chicago native Don-C to release a special edition NBA-inspired collection. The collection included Trucker Jackets and Tearaway 501 Jeans with hidden side snaps, inspired by basketball warm-up pants. The collection was released on February 16th. Check out the lookbook here.
SNS Streetball Capsule
SneakersNStuff created a 90’s
inspired capsule collection just in time for all-star weekend. With vibrant and bold colors inspired by rap and streetball, the collection included patterned sherpa pants, shorts, and jackets, accompanied by a streetball tee and hoodie. The collection was released on February 11th. See the full lookbook here.
StockX x Chicago Merch
StockX also hopped on the collaboration wave during All-Star weekend. The brand partnered with a variety of designers, artists, and visionaries like Don C, Awake NY, Union Los Angeles, Melody Ehsani, Easy Otabor of RSVP Gallery, Hebru Brantley, and even Vic Mensa to create a special edition of apparel. The pieces from this collection were only available through a charitable donation to the Common Ground Foundation. The collection was released on February 16th and there are still some items available. See the full lookbook here.