Daniel Patrick and NBA superstar James Harden are cooking up a capsule collection.
The designer previewed the basketball-inspired offering and two pairs of Adidas Harden 4.0 sneakers at an event in New York City on Wednesday that drew NBA athletes P.J. Tucker and Javale McGee and other guests.
The two pieces that Patrick teased, a tan hoodie and black basketball shorts, are signature styles for Patrick, who launched his own label with his wife, Jenny, in 2011. The hoodie is oversized with a taller, basketball short waistband, velvet in its hood and neon green fat stripes on the sleeves that Patrick said he “wanted to be the focal point of the collection.” The black basketball shorts have a neon green waistband and velvet pockets to match the hoodie.
Both pieces feature dual tags that have Patrick and Harden’s signatures, a rubberized 3-D logo and Adidas badge of sport logo, which Patrick explained is done differently in the capsule. “We got the outline without the symbol so it’s more of a graphic,” the designer said.
The Harden 4.0 sneakers, which the Houston Rockets star will be wearing beginning Nov. 1, also sport neon green colors — one totally on the upper with a gray toe, and the other on the lacing system and paired with a red ankle and tongue, and red and black toe. Both pairs also have tributes to Harden’s mother, Monja Willis, on the sole and to a friend that recently passed away, with the phrase #GoWithYourMove.
“We wanted to bring my aesthetic to the collection,” Patrick said, “taking cues from my mainline collection, things that he liked, things from Adidas.”
Considered one of the best on the court and most fashionable off the court, Harden is typically a front runner for the NBA MVP race and front row at the fashion weeks in Paris, Milan and New York City. He also helped popularize “tunnel style,” wearing bright and print-heavy designer looks on the way to the locker room.
Harden had been a customer of Daniel Patrick long before this collaboration, and the designer had met the 2018 NBA MVP through his bodyguard, who was working with Tyga when Patrick was collaborating with the rapper. “Small world,” the designer said.
Patrick said he formally met with the Houston Rockets star and Adidas in Salt Lake City. “James had worn my mainline stuff,” he explained. “He had a bit of a love for the brand but since the collaboration we’d been working closely together.”
There are other “things in the works” between Harden and himself, Patrick said, including more capsule collections in 2020 and into 2021. The designer remained mum about the collections, but said it will include more apparel and sneakers.
The Harden Vol. 4 sneakers will retail for $130 and will launch with four colorways — Barbershop on Oct. 12, Pink Lemonade on Oct. 26, Candy Paint on Oct. 31 and Cookies & Cream on Nov. 15.