When looking through old imagery of the NBA’s great title runs, there are always accessories that stick out: the confetti falling over the celebration on the court, the champagne bottles awaiting the players in the locker room and the rare cigars lit in honor of their season-long exploits.
NBA legends Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant had special mementos: the Jeff Hamilton-designed leather jackets that remain iconic elements of their three-peat wins.
Oversized with vivid leather panels that feature details encapsulating the stars’ storied careers in Chicago and Los Angeles, along with patches commemorating each year’s title run and each city’s skyline, the jackets have taken on a mythical status in hoops culture.
To honor that legacy, Converse has teamed up with streetwear culture brand Chinatown Market to reimagine two of the company’s most beloved sneakers – the Chuck Taylor and Pro Leather – with design details from the jackets that celebrated the Chicago Bulls’ and Los Angeles Lakers’ title runs of the 1990s and early 2000s.
“The inspiration for this collaboration started back when I was a basketball fan as a kid,” said Mike Cherman, founder of Chinatown Market. “I…