And we’re back! After a very dope #SavChicago campaign that just dropped last week we return with a new line just in times for the holidays that continues to put our city and culture first with the “Protect Home” series. Check out the gear for yourself here and catch a 30% off on Black Friday and Thanksgiving!
When you come to Chicago you have to stop by Leaders 1354 and that’s exactly what Jadakiss did as he stopped through the Chi on a recent promotional run for his latest album, Top 5 Dead Or Alive. Arriving right on time, ‘Kiss sat down with FakeShoreDrive’s Andrew Barber for a quick Q+A before opening it up to the fans in attendance on the dark Tuesday night last week. He picked up a few things, kicked it with the people and offered up a unique look at his latest body of work. Photos by our man Radley!
Leaders has always been a purveyor of hard work, perseverance and positivity here in Chicago and for the latest release we teamed up with the city’s youth for our #SavChicago series which is a nod to the city’s ability to get through hard times and past negativity. This time around we also teamed up again with Taylor Bennett who along with big brother Chance has been a consistent voice in the #SaveChicago campaign along with his father and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Having raised money for foundations like “Kids Off The Block” and Donda’s House in the past and pushed to help curb the violence in his hometown. Currently preparing to drop his third project, Broad Shoulders, he got together with Brooklyn Wheeler for some this season’s look book. Pick up the full line here.
Leaders was proud to team up recently with KYF for the third annual KeepYa Fashion Show which was “a night for an assortment of young creatives to showcase their work, whether it be paintings, clothing design, or musical performances. Painter Isaiah, Audrey, and Vince filled the room with flawless pieces that they have been working on in preparation for the event.” Leaders dropped off some fits for the evening and owner Corey Gilkey was in the building supporting the efforts throughout. Logan and DJ Oreo even came out to provide some local music as well. LDRS is always in the community, this is only the latest instance of that.
To start off the Lollapalooza festivities Vic Mensa held an event specifically for his day one supporters from his hometown Chicago. It all started with the posting of a flier on his twitter and Instagram that labeled the event as a “Meet and Greet” at Leaders (a homegrown Chicago based retail store/clothing brand that has supported Vic career since day one), these post and support from local blogs brought about 350-400 people to the store. The event was scheduled to begin at 5PM but kids began lining up at 2:30PM in order to reserve their spot to meet Vic. As the time passed and the line grew so did everyone’s anxiety as they patiently waited for Vic to arrive; what they didn’t know was that he would be arriving on a Red Bull truck equipped with a stage and giving them a performance that would disrupt traffic on a busy Chicago street. All of his fans lost their minds as they saw him jump out from under the DJ booth and start performing “U MAD”. After the surprise performance all of the fans got back on line and were able to meet Vic for pictures and autographs. All parties involved; Red Bull, LEADERS, Roc Nation, and Vic Mensa’s team were extremely pleased with the turn out of the event.
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We had to give a tip of our collective cap to Complex for the mention of LDRS 1354 as the place to go once you’ve “sweat through your top dancing to Bassnectar” to pick up some new fits. With a stocked offering of everything from tanks to tees, socks, hats and kicks, Complex wasn’t lying. Check out the mention in the video below that hit the internet yesterday and come through the shop on 672 N. Wells to kick it with the fam and pick up some new gear for the big weekend ahead.
If you’re in Chicago, you best be coming through Chicago and Asics knows this as well it seems. The Leaders/Savoy Black Fives gear that just dropped recently was featured prominently in an ad for ASICS’ Tiger GEL-Lyte EVO NT and GEL-Kayano Trainer EVO as part of a Hypebeast ‘Native Tongues’ series focusing on scenes in and around the city. Check out the photos below and the full ad here.
Leaders teamed up with 47Brand for a rendition of basketball-themed merchandise based on the legendary ‘Savoy Black Five’ black basketball teams that preceded the professional teams of today. The drop coincided with an in-store event and our own Joseph Cabey was on hand to grab some shots of the event. Check them out below as well as the look book for the limited run. We still have a few things available in-store, click here to check it out for yourself.
Back at the top of the year, LDRS teamed up with a who’s who of local rappers and singers for the first Lead Never Follow mixtape curated by our very own Tone. Since the release of the project, which featured names like Spenzo, Taylor Bennett, BJ The Chicago Kid and more, we have been systematically been getting Leaders-inspired visual from the project. Today, we get a video from Young Tee Tee for his single off the Lead Never Follow project, “Gotta Do Better”. The whole thing takes place right here in the shop at 672 N. Wells, check it out for yourself below!