When Nike and Jordan Brand asked Chicagoans what brings their city together, they received a couple key answers. One of them was basketball. The historic six-championship run by Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls inspired 90’s kids throughout the city to practice their jumpshots, free throws, and crossovers.
Another resounding answer was the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) ‘L’ train system. The eight train lines literally unite Chicagoans by giving them an easy way to commute between the North Side, South Side, West Side, The Loop, and some of the city’s surrounding suburbs.
With those two answers in mind, Jordan Brand hatched up the 8×8 Collection. Eight collaborators from the Chicago creative community were selected for the collection, each using a CTA train line color to paint a picture of their neighborhoods and showcase what “Unite” means to them.
Green: The Wings 8×8 Collection
The Jordan Wings Design Program introduces high school students to introductory educational programming geared towards the footwear and apparel design industry. Four students from Chicago’s Wings Design Program (James Jackson of Link Unlimited Scholars, Muhammad Holmes of Little Black Pearl Design Academy, German Carvajal of Enlace and Arial Grier of Embarc) lend their skills to this collection, which includes a hoodie, long sleeve tee, and the Air Jordan 10 “Wings.”
Air Jordan 10 “Wings”
Style Code: CK4352-103
Release Date: February 12, 2020
Price: $190 USD
Purple: The Sheila Rashid 8×8 Collection
Sheila Rashid is a fashion designer and self-taught seamstress who has outfitted the likes of Chance The Rapper and Bella Hadid. The hoodie and long sleeve tee in her collection feature photos personally taken by Rashid. Also included is a Women’s Air Jordan 1 Mid SE dressed in grey suede with a purple leather toe box.
Sheila Rashid x Air Jordan 1 Mid
Style Code: CW5897-005
Release Date: February 14, 2020
Price: $140 USD
Yellow: The SuccezZ 8×8 Collection
SuccezZ was founded by Lavelle Sykes and Bobby Simmons in 2008. “No Place Like Home” is written on the white long sleeve tee in the collection, a nod to the the city of Chicago, but also to the sneaker and streetwear boutique’s “feels like home” atmosphere. Graffiti style graphics are inspired by the art seen while riding the L.
Orange: The Cody Hudson 8×8 Collection
Founder of the design studio Struggle, Inc., Cody Hudson is known for his effortless way with motion-inspired graphics. Dressed in an orange tie dye, Hudson’s 8×8 hoodie and long sleeve tee feature the Chicago six-point star in his own signature style.
Brown: The Drew The Barber 8×8 Collection
Drew Henderson already keeps the city (and NBA stars) fresh with his cuts. Along with his recently released Nike AF1 All For 1 – Chicago, the No Cuts, No Glory founder will now be keeping the streets fresh with an 8×8 hoodie and long sleeve tee. The latter features a design inspired by old school CTA tokens, which were used to pay for train fare from 1950 to 1999 before switching to magnetic strip cards, which have since been replaced by Ventra cards.
Pink: The Lyrical Lemonade 8×8 Collection
23-year-old videographer Cole Bennett started Lyrical Lemonade when he was in high school, first as a blog to cover Chicago’s emerging hip-hop talent. Since then, it’s grown into something much greater — a one-stop shop for music videos, concerts, clothes, and actual lemonade. Add sneakers to that list, as their 8×8 collection includes the newly-introduced Jordan Aerospace 720.
Lyrical Lemonade x Jordan Aerospace 720
Style Code: CZ2993-400
Release Date: February 16, 2020
Price: $210 USD
Blue: The SocialWorks 8×8 Collection
Chance The Rapper’s SocialWorks was created to empower Chicago’s youth through the arts, education, and civic engagement. The compass logo on the apparel naturally wears off over time, symbolising how you don’t need a map once you’ve walked these streets. The compass logo also appears on the soles of the SocialWorks Air Jordan 1 KO, along with a map of Chicago’s neighborhoods.
Red: The Virgil Abloh 8×8 Collection
Last but certainly not least, Virgil Abloh lends his hand to the collection with a Nike x Off-White capsule that includes a hoodie, short sleeve tee, woven jacket, woven pant, boiler suit, and the Off-White x Air Jordan 5.
Off-White x Air Jordan 5
Color: Black/Muslin-Fire Red
Style Code: CT8480-001
Release Date: February 15, 2020
Price: $225 USD
CV0550-010 WOVEN JACKET $500 USD
CV0539-010 HOODIE $300 USD
CV0654-010 WOVEN PANT $300 USD
CV0543-010 TEE $100 USD
CV0668-010 BOILER SUIT $350 USD
The full Jordan Brand 8×8 collection releases globally on February 15th as part of the NBA All-Star Weekend 2020 festivities. Notre will release the collection in waves, starting with the Cody Hudson collection on January 24th. The SuccezZ collection releases in-store on January 23rd.