Since 2013, London collective The Basement has been the UK’s go-to hub for all things sneakers and streetwear. With roots on the web, the group has since developed into a far-reaching community that’s managed to catch the attention of major brands — including Nike.

This weekend, The Basement and Nike will team up for their first-ever sneaker collaboration on the classic Dunk Low.

The look was designed by Basement member Daniel Pacitti, 18, and combines nine unique materials for a textured look.

The material combination — which includes 14 ounce canvas, double twill canvas, mesh, nubuck, heavyweight denim, corduroy, flat leather, tumbled leather and reflective 3M Scotchlite — was chosen to represent the diversity of youth within the group. The tonal black is then finished off with a gum rubber outsole.

“When designing the shoe, we made each panel a different material to represent the diversity within our community. When they come together, they form something more beautiful and more powerful,” Pacitti said in a press release.
100 percent of proceeds from the The Basement x Nike Dunk Low BSMNT will benefit the Youth Futures organization, a mentorship program for London Youth Futures organization Youth Futures organization.

I am a huge supporter of The Basement's work and their projects really do highlight how community centred the group really is. Collectively, they use their visibility and influence to highlight social issues and do their bit to make a difference. They've also released a series of videos alongside the 'BSMNT' dunks and the  'Real People do Real things' collection, so if you haven't already seen those, make sure you check it out and support.

The Basement x Nike collaboration is set to drop Saturday exclusively in London at a Basement pop-up event. An exact address will be announced Saturday morning via The Basement’s social media. If you're not going to be able to make it however, 10 pairs will be secured and winners selected tonight on the Basement group page.

We've entered, so good luck!


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