On Monday evening a small group, ourselves included, made their way to Roots on Bloor Street West for the launch of their new, Toronto-centric collaboration with Kyle Lowry. Conversations about the Raptors great start and where it could lead us this season wafted through the Roots Bloor location, but the main topic was the collaboration. We all couldn’t wait to hear more about how it came to life.
Roots Creative lead and designer Adrian Aitcheson did a great job of introducing the line and it’s inspiration while hosting a group interview with Kyle. After playing for 4-years in the city, and developing relationships with the team at Roots, Kyle really felt like it would be a perfect manifestation of his love for the city he plays for and lives in.
We did have a few more questions of our own though.
How did the collaboration come to be? Did Roots approach you? Did you approach them?
Michael Budman, we have a mutual friend. We ended up traveling together and when I signed back he was like “Look, let’s do a collection”. I was like, “alright, whatever”…and it ended up working out. You know it’s something that ended up being major.
Adrian is a great guy to work with!
Ya! He points you in the right direction and makes you think you did something.
Why all black?
Clean. Clean-cut, simple. I think you can wear all black at any point, anytime. Winter time collection, it’s a little bit colder outside and you want to be warm. Black attracts the heat. And for me it’s about being clean-cut. You look at anybody in a tuxedo, black tuxedo is amazing.
Being an American, having been here for 4-years now, having a chance to represent the city and the country at the All Star Game last year, what does Roots mean to you?
What Roots really means to me, I mean you think about what Michael Budman and Don [Green] did. They started this company on their own. Home. They based it out of their home. And for me, home. All I care about is being home. Philly is home. Toronto is home. No other home. That’s it. That’s my home.
What are your favourite spots in the city, your newer home?
Honestly, Sotto Sotto. I like going to Liberty Village, Distillery District. I love the city. I like going to places that I can mix-in and blend-in and get in-and-out. Just to be able to experience the city. I like to be around the people and the culture.
What are you listening to on the plane, in the locker room and at shoot around?
Locker room, plane, shoot around, car…I’m Drake, Kanye, Weeknd, old 90’s Chi…I like all types of music. Whatever I’m in the mood for, I keep my playlist on shuffle.
Awesome. Thanks so much for letting us delay your workout tonight, best of luck in the season and congratulations on the collection.
To see the entire collection visit: roots.com
Photos by Ilich Mejia
Posted by Graham