On the latest episode of From the Ground Up, we're diving into the world of extreme sports and its impact on sneaker culture. We met up with Nicky Diamonds out in Los Angeles to discuss Diamond Supply and Nike SB Dunks, before venturing across the pond to speak with a rare Vans collector. Lastly, we close out the segment with an interview with Nigel Sylvester, the first BMX rider to have his own Air Jordan 1.
Nicky kicks things off not only discussing the early days of his company, but also recalling mayhem surrounding sneaker releases. He then dishes on the famed Diamond Supply Nike SB Dunks and how Nike SB and Dunks in general set off streetwear.
Next we pay a visit to The Other Side of The Pillow in London, a shop that has some of the rarest Vans sneakers in the world, and also serves as the closest things to a Vans museum.
Finally, closing out this episode of FTGU is a conversation with BMX rider Nigel Sylvester. Nigel remembers the sneakers he preferred to wear early on while riding, then transitioning to his affinity for Nike SB. In addition, Sylvester touches on his historic Air Jordan 1 collab and how New York City has influenced him exponentially.
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