After getting glimpses of the forthcoming Slam Dunk x Jordan Brand collaboration through a couple of teasers, we now have a look at the complete collection. The lineup encompasses a range of apparel as well as unique takes on the Air Jordan VI and Jordan Super.Fly 3 silhouettes. The pack features motifs that illustrate the narrative of Sakuragi’s story, which hasn’t been in development since ’96. The release celebrates both brand’s cult following. As Gemo Wong, Energy Director for Jordan Brand says, “Using a legacy shoe like the iconic Air Jordan VI, as well as our latest performance model in the Jordan 3, served as the perfect vehicle to highlight the past and present.” The accompanying apparel offerings include a red tee with Sakuragi’s player number, a white tee with a sketch of the player and a black cap with an embroidered “10″ on the front, while the back adorns “Shohuku.” This Slam Dunk x Jordan collection will be available in select Asian markets on October 18, followed by a global release on November 1.
During the ‘90s, the game of basketball experienced rapid globalization. Basketball fans around the world tuned in to watch the top talent in the game. Michael Jordan became the face of the basketball surge, rising to global super-stardom and inspiring a legion of fans — including Japanese manga artist, Takehiko Inoue.
In 1990, Inoue introduced the world to the fictional Hanamichi Sakuragi – the protagonist in his popular “Slam Dunk” manga series. Sakuragi began as an outcast at his high school with a reputation for causing trouble. After a girl rejected him, he tried out for the basketball team, where he showcased his natural athleticism and helped turn his previously unknown high school team into an all-star contender in Japan.
“I have been hugely inspired by Michael Jordan’s game, as well as his attitude. It’s been a great honor to have this opportunity,” said Inoue. “At first, he was someone from a different planet — he could stay in the air longer than anybody else. Then I began to see him as someone who always encourages you to set a vision and challenge yourself to achieve it.”
IN THE DETAILS
Inoue focused on details to continue the narrative of Sakuragi’s story, which hasn’t been in development since 1996. When readers last saw Sakuragi, he was sidelined with injuries. During the past 18 years, Inoue has said he’d imagine Sakuragi was still alive somewhere, recovering from injury and working out while continuing to think of himself as “the genius” he once was in high school basketball. Those days inspired the illustration — which will never be published — on the Jordan Super.Fly 3, part of a new Jordan Brand collection created in partnership with Inoue.
The number 10 is present throughout the collection, replacing the standard 23. The number is a nod to Sakuragi’s player number and establishes the Jordan Brand x Slam Dunk collaboration as the character’s very own player-exclusive line.
AIR JORDAN VI
The limited Slam Dunk edition has an interesting take on the iconic silhouette. An all-red upper features the iconic imagery fans of the 31-volumed manga series have grown to love. The images highlight moments from the series, paying tribute to the legacy of Sakuragi’s personal growth and on-court talent.
JORDAN SUPER.FLY 3
The Jordan Brand’s latest performance model — the Jordan Super.Fly 3 — is the canvas for the new sketches of the “Slam Dunk” world. The all-black upper provides the perfect back