Taylor Bennett and Leaders 1354 go back a long ways. The kid has largely grown up in and around the shop and his older brother, Chance hosted his first listening party inside the doors of the shop at 672 N. Wells St. Today Taylor gives back to the brand that has supported him since day one with the release of his single, “Can’t Flop” as the second single off the upcoming Lead Never Follow mixtape, a compilation of understanding and progress for a city that needs a little of both.
Spenzo returns with LDRS-laden visual for his single “Lil Lately” which dropped last week via Fake Shore Drive. Shot by Elevator, the music video follows one of Chicago’s biggest stars as he wanders the city, stops by the shop in the loop and shows off much of Leaders’ Winter line including the Indian Head sweatshirt, 2014 knit hats and, of course, our special-edition Lead Never Follow long sleeve made in honor of the mixtape which is due out January 1, 2015.
Hoop Dreams is a movie that every kid from Chicago should see before a certain age. Hell, anyone who has an inkling of basketball in them should watch Hoop Dreams before adolescence. The story of Arthur Agee and William Gates, two kids from Chicago’s rough south and west sides won the 1994 Sundance Award for ‘Best Documentary’ and went on to inspire generations of kids and communities in its wake. Since then Agee has played semi-pro at a variety of locations, hit the Slamball court and today finds himself helping the community again through his Arthur Agee Foundation who’s mission statement says it is “to keep kids dreaming, but at the same, improve their chances and options where they can start dreaming of a life outside of basketball and sports”. Leaders is always down for the cause and this Saturday will have Agee in-store with t-shirts in celebration of the 20-year anniversary of the film. Earlier this week we donated some clothes to the kids at one of his basketball camps. Check out the photos below and stop in this Saturday to meet a true Chicago icon.
Leaders 1354 has been a staple of the Chicago streetwear culture since opening their original doors in Hyde Park on the city’s south side in 2002 and continue to grow as a brand with the upcoming joint release of their curated Lead Never Follow mixtape of which Spenzo’s “Lil Lady” is the lead single for. Along with the single is the Zeph Farmby-made album artwork that plays on the motif of the title. The mixtape project is a continuance of the brand’s incessant support of Chicago’s arts and entrepreneurial scenes and is a chance for one of the city’s favorite brands to put on for the scene it has helped to incubate over the years. Appropriately they do so today with one of the city’s newest stars, Spenzo.
The full project boasts tracks from the likes of Taylor Bennett, Z Money, Spenzo and BJ The Chicago Kid, among other talented locals. LDRS 1354 has always prided itself on being a central hub to the local music and art scene, Chance The Rapper had his first listening party for his 10 Day project in the storefront at 672 N. Wells and their gear has been seen on the backs of everyone from Jay-Z to Anthony Davis. We have big plans for 2015 and would love to begin it with your support, feel free to check out the music
We’re back again with another talented Chicago MC by the name of EMP Dasme and, as we continually update the blog with those on the grind repping Leaders, we’ve got EMP’s video for “You See Me” which was released around this time last year. EMP Dasme has been making a name around the city for a minute now, with a healthy library that includes several joints with King L and co and here he espouses his projections on life and the future as he rhymes: “These dreams that we live for be the dreams that we die for.” As you can see in the visual below he rocks the Leaders ‘Blur’ tee in white throughout the second half of the video. We appreciate those who appreciate the brand and the message, check out the full video below and pick up your own ‘Blur’ tee alongside our new Fall collection here.
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Chicago Fashion Week took place from October 14-19 and Leaders was there, participating in Style Bias Street Style Fashion Show. Street style was on display and we were at the center of it, with the cameras rolling. Check out the recap video, here below.
It’s getting colder in Chicago by the day and so today we bring you the latest visual rendering from LDRS 1354. Brian Beckwith handles the camera on this one as we lay out this year’s Fall line. Catch some cameos throughout as he showcases leaders across the spectrum of Chicago from studios to concerts to skateboarding and back, LDRS is committed to the motto, “Lead Never Follow” and Vic lends a hand on the backing track with his UK no. 1 single, “Feel That”. Check out the latest video underlining that fact streaming here below.
Summer is very obviously coming to an end around Chicago. Those glorious months of sun and warmth are quickly giving way to fallen leaves and thick jackets. Before it all goes south however, we have this video from back in August when Revolt TV came to town to cover Lollapalooza. As part of a joint celebration thrown by LDRS and the cable company owned by Puff Daddy, Corey Gilkey and Diego Ross were itnerviewed about the brand that they have championed over the years and a particular onus was placed on the members of our LDRSK8 team who put on a small exhibition outside the hotel where the event took place. Shouts out to Revolt for the love, check out the video below to get a better idea of what the Leaders 1354 brand is all about.
We opened LDRSK8 in Hyde Park to give kids on the south side a place to get the gear and rides they deserve without breaking the bank or leaving their neighborhood and in the process have developed our LDRSK8 Team from kids around the area that frequent the shop. One of those is 14-year-old Aaron Davis who recently got a camera on him as he skated around his hometown. Over the next few months we are going to be rolling out plenty more to get you acquainted with the guys on the squad, some of which we used to model our Summer Look Book, so definitely keep it locked for that. For now though, check out what Aaron has to offer below.
Well, it’s Thursday again. The week is damn near over, the weekend is creeping in and we’re headed back in time once again for our Throwback series highlighting The ‘Go Experiment which was filmed back in 2010 in a partnership with Fake Shore Drive. Shot in the store at 672 N. Wells, check out the predecessors that made the scene today what it is. OG’s like Rhymefest, Que Billah and Pugs Atomz rock the mic while Dave Jeff handles the hosting duties. Check it out for yourself below and keep an eye out for more ‘Go Experiment coming soon.