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The Dream Team Destroyer Jacket

February 21st, 2012 by Staff


In the summer of 1992, fifteen American men came together to form the USA’s Olympic Basketball squad. The team was the first to be made up of active NBA players. When they traveled across the pond to Barcelona that summer, they were unstoppable. Team USA, nicknamed “The Dream Team”, won every game by an impressive average of 44 points. Needless to say, the team went home with the gold and were forever etched into history as one of the strongest teams in any sport ever. That summer was a major turning point for many fans, young and old alike. People who liked basketball, now loved basketball.

20 years later, Nike Sportswear is commemorating that epic run with the release of The Dream Team Destroyer Jacket. The jacket is very traditional looking with patches that tell the story and pay homage to The Dream Team’s journey. In a sense it is a classic Destroyer jacket with the leather sleeves and a wool body, but the attention to detail is what will distinguish this as a true one of kind piece.

Russell Stott, Nike Sportswear’s Graphic Design Director, and his team have covered every aspect of that historic summer with an array of patches on both sleeves and on the front and back of the jacket. The right sleeve is adorned with the starting five players jersey numbers, while the left side consists of three chenille patches each one telling a story. The top patch tells of the average point differentiation, 43.8, and also has an XXV that refers to Barcelona as the 25th of the ‘games’ in sporting history. The lower patch is the USAB logo and the middle patch states some of the places this year’s team will be visiting before the summer.

The right breast of the jacket is embroidered with U S A in a vertical towering effect, and includes a USAB pin-badge. The left breast shows a USA flag inspired mostly by space travel and military. Stitched in underneath the flag is the score of each game the team played. The back is embroidered with a large XX to celebrate the 20th year since that momentous summer. Stitched in above each front pocket it says, “Land of the Free, Home of the Brave” in italicized font. For the tag, Nike is re-imaging the tag from a replica of the Dream Team jersey they found that had a special message to the team on them. This jacket is a must have for any Nike head and although winter is almost over, this is a truly timeless piece and will never go out of style. Release date is TBA.

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Workin’ on the Weekend [EC for Megan Huntz]

May 25th, 2009 by Larry

Despite it being Memorial Day Weekend, the scene at our studio was bustling with life on Saturday. EC resident photographer, Jorge Menes, was working on set for client, Megan Huntz Dresses. Jorge has worked with Megan on her lookbooks since the beginning of her line several years back. The shots always take my breath away, and I have no doubt that they’ll do the same this time around.

Keep an eye out for a post from Jorge in the coming weeks as he turns the imagery from this weekend into finished lookbook-worthy shots. If we’re lucky, he’ll walk us through the “process”.

Check out a few more behind-the-scenes photos by yours truly after the jump.
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Set It Off: Megan Huntz

February 11th, 2009 by Larry


Megan Huntz

I wish I were so cool to have an alias, but…


Where are you from?
The ATL shawtay

Who do you work for? 

What are your Current Project(s)? 
I make a limited edition dress line from fine Italian silk fabric that I wash and dye by hand. First I make the dresses, then I do a series of washing and dyeing techniques, rendering each garment distinctly different. I think of my dress line as more of an art project than a fashion collection. Actually, it is incorrect to call it a collection because a collection means complete ensembles of various garments to make a total look. These dresses are unique pieces; made in series, like a series of paintings or art prints. In fact, each dress is hand numbered so the wearer can understand the handcrafted nature of my product. And maybe even more important than anything, they are sexy! I recently styled a photo shoot for Jamie Hopper and she rocked it. Her photos of my dresses are stunning and elegant and cool- a tricky mix to strike so effortlessly as Jamie has. Image is such a powerful part of my job because it communicates so much about my creative world; it’s not just about putting a dress on a pretty girl. I would have never gotten this thing off the ground in the first place had it not been the amazing photography of Jorge Menes, who has shot the first series of my dress line more than once. His photos can be seen on my website. The second series comes out next week, which I am really excited about. I’m heading to Italy this Wednesday to pick up my new samples. Can’t wait! They will be on display for buyers at the showroom that represents me, showroom Mistra of Treviso. And, I have loads of other ideas for 2009 but I can’t give up all my secrets now!

Who would you love to work with?
Peggy Guggenheim if she were alive… I love her, she was soooo kooky. Wouldn’t it be great to be around her and all of her artist friends making crazy avant-gard paintings and art objects??? I think so. Such an intense era, especially in Europe. Plus, I liked her way with the Venetians. She was the last grand dame of that sinking city, when it was still a magical place, it’s not really anymore. Apart from her, I’d really like to work with my friend Wendy who makes music videos. I have an idea to make a kind of performance dance video about my dresses. We’ll see if I ever do it. I’d really like to though. I feel embarrassed just talking about it, but we’ll see.

If you had to give all your sneakers away to charity except for one pair, which ones would you keep? 
The ones Larry told me to buy- my dirty old black on black horsehair Nike dunks.

What’s on your iPod right now?
Beyonce’ (but y’all knew that), an “I miss Atlanta” mix that includes lots of crunk and booty shake music, Roisin Murphy, most of the DFA remixes, some Italian music from the 60′s.

What’s your Favorite ATL food?
My Mom’s squash caserole. And biscuits. And the Flying Biscuit, Shrimp and Grits, Potato Salad, My Mom’s homemade pickles, “Meat and 3″, Barbecue. Mexican! I love to eat, and these are all the things I miss living so far away.

What’s your Favorite ATL hangout?
The El Bar, of course, where I like to hang out with the Epidemik Coalition boys!

What are your Pet Peeves?
Those velvet track suits that college girls seem to be so fond of, Americans who come to Europe and act totally ignorant, and when there is music playing while the TV is on-that drives me crraaaaaaazzzzzyyy.

Shout outs?
I want to shout out to the entire city of Atlanta because I love it so much. But besides that: Larry, George, Jorge, Ted, Ross, Joe, Jamie, Amy- you are all incredibly inspiring to me, I am so lucky to have met all of y’all because I get so much creative motivation from our collaborations and friendships. Thanks! I’m a one woman show, but I couldn’t do what I do without y’all.