At M.I.S.S., we love getting nails did and sneaks so we put them together to present M.I.S.S. 2008 – a calendar featuring a “playmate” of the month. Each month we’ll feature ladies’ kicks that we heart along with a killer matching manicure. For January, we present M.I.S.S. January 2008 – British Knights Black Orchid.
Started in 1980 by the Jack Schwartz Inc in New York, BK or British Knights was started as a “fashionable alternative to the major ‘performance’ sportswear brands.” BK positioned it’s self as an “inner city and music driven brand, appealing to the predominantly streetwise young male.” In the early 90’s BK sponsored MC Hammer. They where the first company to make a commercial, which was broadcast on MTV.. Their marketing campaigns included “Get off on the right foot -Get off on BK’s (1990); “U Can’t Touch This” By MC Hammer (1991) and “Choose Change” (1992). It was shortly after, in the early 90’s, that an urban myth claiming that the Crips street gangs rocked the shoes claiming that the BK stood for “Blood Killers”, their rival gang, that started the downfall of the brand. These rumors apparently contributed to the decline in the popularity of the shoe due to the brand being banned at schools and universities. British Knights never recovered from this fall. Today they stand apart of streetwear history and continue to provide nostalgia and design inspiration.
The calendar is available for download here.
The desktop image is available for download here.
Wishing you a great 2008!
Art Direction & Photography: Smoke & Mirrors Creative
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