FILA and the Christopher Wallace Estate are releasing the FILA x Biggie Collection in honor of the legendary debut album, Ready to Die, which celebrated its 25th anniversary last September. The six-piece range includes a t-shirt and visor straight from FILA’s archives, as well as a new sneaker style, with each piece offered in two colorways. The FILA x Biggie Collection drops on May 19, exclusively on www.FILA.com. Beginning on May 21, in commemoration of the late rapper’s birthday, the collection will expand to select retailers.
The exclusive collection was inspired by Biggie and 1990’s Brooklyn streetwear. The t-shirt ($25) and visor ($25) launch in the white and aqua colorway, as worn by Biggie during his 1993 performance in Philly, as well as a new cream colorway. The graphic tee features a scribble design inside the enlarged FILA “F”.
The FILA Tennis 88 x Biggie ($90) silhouette debuts in the same two colorways and is an updated version to the Original Tennis silhouette that kicked off the brand’s popularity amongst Brooklynites. The cream colorway has a suede upper while the white and aqua colorway is introduced with a full grain smooth leather upper. The sneakers also feature a tongue with a dual branded logo, a quarter F-box embroidered logo, custom direct embroidery of Ready to Die on the back counter, and flat cotton laces. The printed sock liner in the cream silhouette features the iconic baby photo from the album cover, while the printed sock liner in the white silhouette includes the Ready to Die logo. The footwear is packaged in a custom shoebox, which is co-branded and decorated with elements of the original album art.
To further honor Biggie and this collection, FILA will donate a pair of children’s sneakers to the Christopher Wallace Memorial Foundation, for every collaboration sneaker sold on FILA.com. Peep the imagery: