47 BRAND PACKER IPC BANNER photography by @flyhumanbeyond-2

While many basketball fans are salivating at the mouth waiting for this years NBA Finals match-up between the Warriors and Cavs to kick off this week, we at Packer Shoes in conjunction with ’47 Brand and Staple Design would like to take the time to reflect on the early origins of the game that has become an international pastime…

After it’s invention in 1891 by Canadian PE coach James Naismith, basketball teams were commonly nicknamed as “Fives” due to each teams starting five player roster. Just as America was racially segregated during the early 1900’s, so was the game of basketball, where many all African-American teams were infamously referred to as “Black Fives”. The sport remained divided from 1904 until 1950 when the National Basketball Association became racially integrated. The period in between became known as the Black Fives Era, when dozens of all-black teams emerged, flourished, and excelled.

One of the original “Black Fives” squads hailing from Orange, New Jersey (just 25 mins from our Teaneck store location) was the The Independent Pleasure Club of New Jersey.

Formed in 1908 with official team colors of forest green & ivory, the IPC could be considered one of the first entrepreneurial organizations of it’s era as the actual name and meaning of the IPC team shared a rather unique duality. In order to retain complete control of their team and to avoid any restrictions on game schedules and activities by outside influence, the club avoided affiliations with churches, Y.M.C.A.s, schools, or Amateur Athletic Union chapters. The word “Pleasure” in IPC came from the connotation of basketball at a time when the practice of sports was seen as a “pleasure” activity.

While the IPC was heavily regarded as one of the premier all African-American basketball squads on the east coast during the early 1900’s (winning the NJ Colored Basketball Championship 1913), the team had a code. This distinct set of morals and principals made the IPC pioneers of “Sport Culture” as we know it today. Serving as advocates for “uplifting the colored athletic standard”, the IPC staged social events to raise funds and strengthen camaraderie among athletes as well as to build community awareness. These functions included picnics, cigar “smokers,” music recitals, dances, poetry readings, and theatrical plays—all of which played an important role for club members by reinforcing their values and aspirations as men.

Honored at the opportunity to partner with a fellow brand rooted in family values and focused on genuine relationships — in paying homage to one of the great pioneering basketball teams of the Black Fives Era, we are proud to introduce the Packer x ’47 Brand Independent Pleasure Club Collection.

47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-2 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-3

Using the official team colors of forest green and ivory, the Packer x ’47 Brand IPC Collection consists of three Captain RF snapbacks, two Open Court t-shirts, an Alpha Tank Top, “All-Time” Crewneck Sweatshirt, Overload Jacket and IPC Pennant.

47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-4 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-5 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-6 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-7 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-8 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-9 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-10 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-11 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-12 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-13 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-14 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-15 47 BRAND X PACKER BLACK FIVES photography by @flyhumanbeyond-SQUAD-16

 The Packer x ’47 Brand Independent Pleasure Club Collection is now available both in-store and online at Packer Shoes.

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The ASICS archives are deep with buried treasure, and one of their rarer gems have just surfaced to the delight of many running aficionados.

The GEL SIGHT was originally created for the Japanese Olympic team in 1992 and the model never officially released outside of Japan. Now it finally makes its global return, true to its original form down to the smallest detail; from the custom toe pattern, to the “Build Up” midsole, to the visible window technology found underfoot on the outsole.

The OG “World Challenger” colorway referenced Japan’s Olympic aspirations, and now sets its sights on the retro runner competition as it makes its long awaited comeback in 2015.

The ASICS GEL-Sight OG “World Challenger” is now available both in-store and online at PackerShoes.com.

Retail is set at $170 USD.

 

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Packer Shoes x Diadora N.9000 “Azzurri (Made in Italy).

Releasing Saturday – January 31st – exclusively at Packer Shoes.

Stay tuned for additional release details

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Going into this collaborative project with the Adidas Originals crew on our interpretation on the EQT Running Support ‘SL 80’, and with the NYC Marathon only a few days away,  we decided take this opportunity to ‘pay it forward’ and give recognition to our family members, colleagues, neighbors and clientele who have supported Packer Shoes from the start of our opening ten years ago here in Teaneck, NJ.

The entire staff at Packer Shoes in conjunction with the Adidas Originals team would like to thank EVERYONE who participated in the #OurSupport Friends & Family Walk this past Sunday (10.26.14) in support  of both the The Wounded Warrior Project and The Bradley Carbone Recovery Fund. Complimentary pairs of our upcoming “SL 80” adidas Originals EQT Running Support and #OurSupport t-shirts were handed out to all how participated in the 2 mile walk from the Teaneck Armory straight down Teaneck Road to the store.

We would also like to take this time to send a special thank you to the adidas Originals team for putting in the extra effort and time into this project and help in setting up the #OurSupport walk. You are true professionals and a blessing to work with. Special thanks also goes out to Bradley Carbone for making the trek with us on Sunday. You are all a true beacon of hope and you will always have #oursupport as our longtime friend and industry colleague.

The official release date of the Packer Shoes x Adidas Originals “SL 80” EQT Running Support is this coming Friday (10.31.14) at 12:00 PM EST in-store and online at PackerShoes.com, with a percentage of the proceeds going to both The Wounded Warrior Project and The Bradley Carbone Recovery Fund. Retail is set at $140 USD and available in US men’s size 7.5 -13 (please be advised the EQT Running Support run a true half size large – size down a half size for a true fit – or go down one full size for a snug fit).

The “SL 80” EQT Running Support will also be available for purchase the same day at the following locations:

  • Bait
  • Bodega
  • Burn Rubber
  • Concepts
  • Extra Butter
  • Major DC
  • Politics
  • Proper
  • Shoe Gallery
  • Social Status
  • UBIQ
  • UNDFTD
  • Wish

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Photography by @FlyHumanBeyond

Additional images by LaVell Finerson

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The Air Trainer Huarache 94 still stands as one of the most iconic Nike Training shoes of the early 1990’s, utilizing a unique velcro strap system for maximum lockdown and support. Taking us back to the early days of Nike Cross-Training, the Air Trainer Huarache 94 returns in their original White/Black-Lapis color scheme.

The timeless Nike Air Trainer Huarache 94 is now available in-store and via phone order.

Nike Air Trainer Huarache ’94
554991-100 White/Lapis-Black-Black
$125.00