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“THE INVERNO COLLEZIONE NEW SEASON” AHEAD OF ART BASEL

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‘The Inverno Collezione’ captures the wow-factor of comic books, video games and fearless street art, celebrating the popularity of the videogame phenomenon Fortnite, Mortal Kombat and Street Fighter, the icons of legendary comic books, including Deadpool, Harley Quinn, The Joker and Black Panther’s famous motto “Wakana Forever”, as well and the magic of classic art including street art versions of the Mona Lisa and Salvador Dali.
The collection doesn’t stop there, Sprayground is injecting excitement and personality even further with their music fans, with backpacks designed in partnership with future collections with hip-hop artist Dave East, rapper Raekwon of Wu-Tang Clan and Tupac.
 
Sprayground founder and creative director, David Ben David, said: “This collection encompasses everything that pop-culture today has to offer. I wanted to create something that all fans can resonate with, whether that be art, video games, iconic comic books or music, all the things I love, especially coming from a background of street art. We’re so excited to launch this ahead of Art Basel, where the collection will be on show for culture enthusiast to enjoy!”
Most recently, the global backpack and accessories brand launched a collection in celebration of fearless women throughout history. “The Scammer Collection” in collaboration with fashion designer LaQuan Smith caught the attention of A-Lister celebrities such as model and reality star Kendall Jenner, becoming an overnight success.
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FOOTWEAR NEWS FEATURE

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“For two months the boots got stuck in customs because they thought it was shady,” said Sprayground founder David Ben David of his new collaboration with the Colombian military.

All 500 pairs of his limited-edition shoes, which debuted today, were inspected one by one by customs agents — causing a delay before its original release date set in August.

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Sprayground’s “Fuerza Cobra” military boots.
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David said coupled with its manufacturing and shipment from Colombia, the boot’s unusual military-style shoebox — emblazoned with verbiage in Spanish that translates to “only for soldiers” — likely raised red flags with the authorities. “It was stuck in customs for two months, and usually it’s a week or two,” David explained. “I was going to launch in the beginning of August, but why not tell a bigger, broader story?”

 

Indeed. It’s fitting that a shoe inspired by paratroopers got a release on Veterans Day.

The origin of the collaboration is equally as unusual as the whole package. The Colombian military, through an intermediary, reached out to the streetwear designer, known for his graphic backpacks, to produce the first shoe under his label. The boots, titled “Fuerza Cobra,” commemorate the Colombian army’s 50th anniversary against a rebel force. The silhouette is designed in the same style the country’s army troops wear, but done with Sprayground’s futuristic vibes.

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Sprayground’s “Fuerza Cobra” military boots.
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“The boot has unique things done to it, like the secret stash pocket,” David said of the zippered pocket discreetly incorporated behind the tongue. The combat shoe is designed in a tonal sand colorway with Italian leather, rubber toe guards and a large shark mouth print around the heel — a signature of David’s designs and also a nod to WWII fighter planes.

Though it’s a departure from traditional military aesthetics, it’s built tough enough to battle nearly all terrains. The boots incorporate a waterproof membrane, performance cushioning, anti-bacterial fabric, cooling lining to eliminate moisture and industrial nylon fabric to mitigate abrasion. David himself went to the production facility in Bogota, where country’s military footwear has been manufactured for the past 35 years.

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Sprayground’s “Fuerza Cobra” military boots.
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“The best person testing a shoe besides an athlete is a solider — they are in it longer,” David said of the quality testing. “They won’t change their boots no matter where they are for days, depending on whether you’re in war.”

The shoes are available in limited quantity on Sprayground.com. David, who launched his backpack and outerwear brand in 2010 and counts rapper Rich the Kid and DJ Afrojack as collaborators and fans, said that limited production is key for standing out in the market. “My philosophy of limited editions is that the fans and consumers want things to feel like an individual and something that has meaning,” David explained. “With the boots, same strategy. I wanted something with an interesting story.”

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BEHIND THE FUERZA COBRA COMBAT BOOTS

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Hand Made In Colombia! Factory Tour!


It has been an amazing journey to create in Collaboration with the Colombian Army on a Special Limited Edition Combat Boot that drops 11/11. I received a call that the Colombian Army wanted to Collab because their has been the 1st peace treat in 50 years btw the Colombian Army & The Rebel Army and they asked me @davidbendavid to bring Fashion & Art to their beloved boot as it is a new status of PEACE for Colombia! This Boot has been in use and in development for over 35 years!


It took me 18 months to create, 3 trips to Bogota, a short film with @daveeast and The Release being delayed 3 months because the boots got stuck at the Customs Department in NYC bec the Boots Boxes looked suspicious, lol! We all know another popular import from Colombia!


I present to you the #FuerzaCobra

 

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DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDER MUSIC SINGLE

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Fashion and music aficionado makes a statement with help of Nyemiah Supreme and OSBS

Sprayground founder and creative genius, David Ben David, has teamed up with hip-hop artists Nyemiah Supreme and OSBS. The track is laced with a chill trap-influenced sound and vibey 80s. The music video was shot in Crenshaw where David Ben David and his crew are ready to make some moves.

The video opens up with the sound of a school bell ringing and David Ben David in class, already falling asleep on his desk. Along with his fellow classmates, the group are seen in the hallways and different classrooms, dancing and causing a scene. As the music starts progressing, featured artist and lyricist, dressed in rocking attire, Nyemiah Supreme is schooling our leader about how she won’t be doing his homework for him. Beach balls are being thrown, bikes are being ridden in the hallways and tagged bathroom stalls and chalkboards reading “I won’t do my homework” in the backgrounds. The music video is one big party, with David Ben Davd and his crew wreaking havoc.

David Ben David: “School was never my thing, I found myself always being distracted by other stuff. I wanted time to be free and creative but instead I was forced to write essays and figure out formulas. I would be burnt out from being at school all day then coming home to do homework. I’ve always asked myself, “Why can’t school be a place for kids to work hard and when they leave, leave the work there so that there’s time for family or other hobbies?’ So I made a song about it!”

 

Nyemiah Supreme: “The track is written by David Ben David, Nyemiah Supreme and OSBS themselves while produced by David Sisko and mastered by Mike Tucci. Cameos featured are from an array of creatives and icons such as BigU, Dan Rue, Taylor Reign, and the pitbulls were provided by @bossykennels breeding company. The music video is directed by Carl “Video” Verna and production by Creative Minds Firm with the storyboard by Creative Outcasts.

David Ben David is known for his rebellious tactics when it comes to his fashion line, Sprayground knowno for their one-of-a-kind backpacks, luggage, and apparel. He continues to spearhead the world of street fashion and culture with his contemporary designs and unique collaborations. He’s already made strides in the fashion industry but is ready to disrupt pop culture in a different way with his new music endeavors.

 

 

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DBD x LQS Collab

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On rare occasions, two worlds effortlessly meld into one. The 2019 LaQuan Smith X Sprayground collaboration is one such moment, resulting in a perfectly blended cocktail of elegance-meets-edgy.

Legendary high fashion designer LaQuan Smith has teamed up with noted street wear founder David Ben-David for the groundbreaking collaboration that celebrates badass women and their empowerment. The Scammer Collection includes a string of accessories ranging from backpacks, fanny packs, and hoodies, all of which feature black and white printed mugshots of powerful women convicted for crimes throughout history. Alongside the powerful imagery, the LQS X DBD logo stands as constant reminder of the artistic beauty that comes about when meshing two worlds of fashion.

"I'm so excited to be working with Sprayground's David Ben-David on this upcoming exclusive capsule," Smith said. "It's refreshing to work with creatives that understand my aesthetic and want to make a modern exceptional product. I look forward to the future with my Sprayground family!"

Ben-David echoed Smith's sentiments, saying, "Working with a fellow creative rebel like LaQuan was meant to happen. From the first time we met, there was unparalleled energy. Though our two brands may come from different backgrounds, we only saw similarities and a path to create a powerful exclusive collection. LaQuan is family, and we are excited to show NYFW and the world our masterpiece."

 

1. Smith, Talia. “LaQuan Smith and Sprayground Team Up for Fashion Week Collaboration.”

Paper, 2019, www.papermag.com/laquan-smith-sprayground-collection-2602927507.html.

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