Last summer, we were sitting in at a large group dinner at restaurant, almost done with our meal when Marcus told me he had to step out before desert.
“Where are you going?”
“I have to meet with a new client.”
He leaned over and quietly said, “Andre Iguodala.”
That’s the abridged version of how we got to where we are today as Marcus and Andre debut http://mindofai9.com, Andre’s new website. The site will serve as an online hub for all things Iguodala, the newly acquired Golden State Warrior – including a recent interview where he discusses his move to the Bay after signing a four-year deal with the franchise.
To commemorate the site’s launch, Marcus and Andre traveled to 21 Mercer in NYC to create a custom Bespoke Nike Air Force 1, inspired by the strong history of the Air Jordan 1 but given added touches that made them unique to Andre: a black and red color scheme, reptile leather detailing, premium leather liners and adorned with Andre’s new “AI9” logo on the heel. Those familiar with the Bespoke program know they come with a $850 price tag because only the best materials are used and Marcus and Andre cut no corners during their visit.
They created 10 pairs total – all crafted by Bespoke designer Mau – and will be giving away nine to lucky winners. To enter, follow @mindofai9 and @marcustroy on Instagram as well as @andre on Twitter. Winners will be chosen at random after the contest ends in a few weeks.
Additional photos and video below detailing the creative process.