Russell Athletic still has skin in the game when it comes to creating good old-fashioned sports apparel. While the American sportswear label may be known for inventing the original sweatshirt for football players tired of itchy wool jerseys, lately, the brand has been on a mission to support alternative athletic communities like skateboarding, and now dance.

For the A.V.O. Boyz, or “Africa’s Very Own,” comfort is king when it comes to their line of work — and the Nigerian-American dance crew has the moves to back it up. Formed in 2014 by brothers Stephen and Emmanuel Ojo and Caleb Bonney, the NYC-based crew has performed for such music royalty as Rihanna, Janet Jackson, and Travis Scott, just to name a few.

The A.V.O. Boyz created their first merch collection with Russell Athletic blanks, featuring the crew’s signature logo. “What's better than dancing and grooving in your favorite sweatsuit that gives you the utmost comfort?” the group says.

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

Over on the West Coast, members of The Council, an LA-based female dance company, share the same sentiment. Founded in 2015 by movement artist Sheopatra Jones, the group’s six women are somewhat of a chosen family and actively support each other’s personal and professional goals.

“When it comes to being an artist there are many things we look for. One of those things is comfort,” they say. “Comfort in our space, our art, and even the clothes we wear. So when we decided to order new sweatsuits, we went with Russell Athletic.”

Your Highsnobiety privacy settings have blocked this Instagram post.

Explore each crew’s designs above and make your own merch as cozy as theirs with a wide range of apparel options from Russell Athletic.

We Recommend
  • Nike Sneakers
    The 26 Best Sneaker Brands to Turn to When in Doubt — a Complete List
    • Sneakers
  • Salomon & Boris Bidjan Saberi’s Latest Collab
    Salomon & Boris Bidjan Saberi’s 'Athletic Bouldering' Collab is Actually for Bouldering
    • Style
  • mental athletic
    ‘Mental Athletic’ Will Change the Way You Run
    • Sports
  • Fear of God Jerry Lorenzo wears a black coat and gold jewelry in front of a red backdrop
    Jerry Lorenzo on Fear of God's Long-Awaited adidas Line
    • Style
  • Fear of God Athletics' first collection, designed by FOG founder Jerry Lorenzo & adidas
    Up Close With Fear Of God Athletics
    • Style
  • Image on Highsnobiety
What To Read Next
  • Steffon Diggs' Liem brand.
    Steffon Diggs’ Fashion Line Is For Everyone (EXCLUSIVE)
    • Style
  • woolrich ss24
    Woolrich SS24 Dives Camera First Into All Things Americana
    • Style
    • sponsored
  • truerateme
    Down the Rabbit Hole With r/TrueRateMe
    • Beauty
  • On THE ROGER Clubhouse Pro.
    Roger Federer's New On-Court Shoe Is Actually Super Clean
    • Sneakers
  • Burberry's Classics collection of check-printed clothes
    When Burberry Says Classics, It Means Classic (EXCLUSIVE)
    • Style
  • Moschino creative director Adrian Appiolaza wears a white t-shirt and blue jeans with his pug
    So, How Did Fashion's New Creative Directors Fare?
    • Style
*If you submitted your e-mail address and placed an order, we may use your e-mail address to inform you regularly about similar products without prior explicit consent. You can object to the use of your e-mail address for this purpose at any time without incurring any costs other than the transmission costs according to the basic tariffs. Each newsletter contains an unsubscribe link. Alternatively, you can object to receiving the newsletter at any time by sending an e-mail to info@highsnobiety.com

Web Accessibility Statement

Titel Media GmbH (Highsnobiety), is committed to facilitating and improving the accessibility and usability of its Website, www.highsnobiety.com. Titel Media GmbH strives to ensure that its Website services and content are accessible to persons with disabilities including users of screen reader technology. To accomplish this, Titel Media GmbH tests, remediates and maintains the Website in-line with the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG), which also bring the Website into conformance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.


Please be aware that our efforts to maintain accessibility and usability are ongoing. While we strive to make the Website as accessible as possible some issues can be encountered by different assistive technology as the range of assistive technology is wide and varied.

Contact Us

If, at any time, you have specific questions or concerns about the accessibility of any particular webpage on this Website, please contact us at accessibility@highsnobiety.com, +49 (0)30 235 908 500. If you do encounter an accessibility issue, please be sure to specify the web page and nature of the issue in your email and/or phone call, and we will make all reasonable efforts to make that page or the information contained therein accessible for you.