"This adidas London Olympic sweatshirt is such a milestone in sportswear history. The loud combination of patches, embroidery, and appliqué is insane. Adidas created some of the greatest Olympic-themed sportswear of all time."
"In the 80s, music groups like NWA and Run-D-M-C were wearing these intricate and wearable works of art. The two groups hailed from two different coasts, so that gives you an idea of how big this gear was at the time. Wearing a flag is always synonymous with professional sports, in this case it also reminds me of punk fashion and how it that embraced the Union Jack."
"This Nirvana-era denim vest is covered in chenille DKNY letters, prep school badges, and collegiate insignias. These types of patches are traditionally reserved for wool varsity jackets. In this case, Donna Karan uses a sleeveless denim jacket, a DIY fashion staple in music genres like punk and grunge. The patches also seem haphazardly placed in clusters and overlap the way band patches and pins do on a punk's jacket."
"The vest is dramatically short, like a football player's shoulder pads. '93 was such a great year for sportswear."
"There's so much Donna Karan made decades ago that looks like it could have been made today. This vest is a perfect marriage of style and function. Perfect for someone active who needs to carry and use tools to complete their goal. It's also similar to what pro photographers wear when they're documenting major sporting events."
"I'm sure whoever had something like this in the 90s used the pockets to store things like their pager, camera, compact mirror, wallet, Discman, etc. We may not need so many pockets today but the aesthetic is such a big part of our culture."
"We’ve seen Gaultier reference boxing apparel in the past. This is a rad pair of shorts that perfectly resembles a boxer’s uniform. I really like the length and color of the oxblood silk. You can wear them high-waisted or low at the hip for a more casual look. Something interesting to note: the founder of Everlast is credited with inventing the boxer short."
"This Patagonia hat has a very similar aesthetic to a standard cycling hat. The brim is floppy and can be flipped up or down for aerodynamic purposes. The hat is crushable and can be fitted into any pocket. It looks really weird/great sticking out of your back pocket."
"Challenge Court was a line developed by Nike for Andre Agassi (a lot of people don’t know that Andre won a gold medal in 1996). Challenge Court was known for its fluorescent colors and for its use of acid-washed denim, as seen in this amazing skirt. Something interesting about Andre Agassi’s background is that his father was an Olympic boxer for Iran. The skirt would look good on the street, in the club, or at a country club."
"These Escada jerseys are amazing. The first one is a silk-warped houndstooth print, and the second resembles contemporary athletic apparel with its perforated material. It looks like a jersey straight out of a sci-fi movie! The graphic reminds me of spray paint and the 80s artwork that was popular at the time this jersey was produced. There’s something very abstract and Kenny Scharf about this."
"This is a henley from an obscure RL line called Rough Wear. I love classic Ralph Lauren, especially anything with graphics. This particular style of shirt was the traditional uniform of rowers from the English town of Henley-on-Thames. The British origin is cool because of the Olympics are currently in London and rowing is an Olympic sport! This kind of shirt was considered underwear or sleepwear in the early 1900s, but Ralph is credited with reintroducing it as casual wear in the 20th century."
"Cacharel isn't necessarily known for its graphic shirts. This is the perfect oversized summer shirt. It is very simple in the front, with a set of numbers that reference competitive sailing. Those same numbers are incorporated into a large graphic on the back. I like how the shirt has weathered and the colors have faded, a characteristic I usually associate with the ocean. The clean lines remind me of the minimalist aesthetic of artist Sol LeWitt who has a lot of history in the LES, the first place in NY I ever called home."
"This is a great color-blocked 50/50 Versace logo shirt and logo shirts are making a steady comeback. These were also a staple of 80s hip-hop fashion because of their status symbol impact. What I’m saying is that you’d never see a Versace logo shirt today, so it's really great to be able to offer this in the pop-up."
"This Anne Klein graphic top reminds me of old boarding graphics from the 1980s, especially Vision Street wear. When it comes to sportswear, Anne Klein is one of the most underrated contemporary designers of the late 80s and early 90s. I started buying her clothes based on the strength of their design and not for name value. After researching the brand I found out that Donna Karan was Anne Klein's long-term assistant. Karan became the head designer after Klein' death in the 70s. There is no doubt in my mind that this particular piece was influenced by Karan herself."
"I found these The North Face leggings at a Mormon thrift shop in Salt Lake City. The North Face is well respected for its quality and appreciated by outdoor enthusiasts. In the 90s, technical outerwear played a large role in urban fashion, especially throughout the eastern United States. The North Face jackets were a total inner-city status symbol in regions with strong winters such as New York, Philadelphia, and Chicago. It's always interesting to see the variety of The North Face apparel when you travel to different regions of the country."
"Vuarnet is an eyewear brand from France named after Olympic gold medalist and skier Jean Vuarnet. The sunglasses are cool, but I'm really into the apparel. It had a vibe that was similar to popular West Coast surf and skate brands. The splatter V logo looks great against the neon green body"
Another week, another drop of Brian Procell for Opening Ceremony's amazing vintage sportswear at our 10 GREENE STREET store. This week, Brian shows us a Vision Street Wear-esque tee from Anne Klein, a minty-fresh windbreaker from French brand Vuarnet, graphic tees from Versace and Cacharel, and a pager or Discman-ready Donna Karan vest!
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