The new SLAM X Authmade ‘So I Can Dream’ collection captures the essence of the game with a premium, luxury feel and streetwear vibe. Every piece is made with authentic ideals in mind and is all about self-expression: from the basketball paint splatter on the Paint long sleeve to the artwork printed on the Vintage Faded sweatpants, and the military-inspired patches and insignias featured on the Flight Work jacket.
The collection, featuring seven unique items, from a hat to a sweatshirt and shorts, can be worn anywhere, too—whether courtside or all around the streets of New York and beyond.
Jason Vu founded the streetwear brand Authmade in 2017. At the time, Jason was not only thinking about how players around the League were turning the tunnel into the runway, but also the fashion game as a whole, reports SLAM. Growing up in Sacramento, California, he idolized legends such as Michael Jordan and style icons such as Allen Iverson. As a designer, he aspired to create clothing you could actually wear, every day.
“The thing that inspired me most about [AI] was the way he had that swag,” said Jason. “What he wore, he introduced that fashion. When everyone was wearing suits to games, he was coming in with his street clothes and the armband and all that swag. He was probably my first basketball inspiration in the fashion realm and he was a killer on the court too. I always loved watching him play and the flashy [style]— huge inspo, watching him play inspired everything I’m doing today too.”
While Iverson brought that energy to his unwavering dedication to the game, Jason also saw his own Vietnamese parents embody that same level of dedication and sacrifice throughout his life. It’s one of the many inspirations behind Authmade’s latest collab with SLAM, the ‘So I Can Dream’ Collection.
The Authmade x SLAM collaboration is an ode to the love that guided kids securely down the path to realize their dreams in real life and to the workwear-inspired garments that their parents wore during all the years they put us before themselves.
Pieces in the collection range from $40 to $200 USD and can be purchased on the SLAM website.
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