Commissioner was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2019 by four students attending the University of Oregon's Sports Product Management program. After realizing a decline in the popularity of wearing basketball sneakers casually and only seeing the success of retro sneaker releases along with NBA player exclusives not having as much hype as they once did, we began researching why these things were happening. As we began to find out more and more, we naturally began putting together and organizing more and more of the business.
The Commissioner brand was developed early on as we recognized the importance of building a brand with a creative story that intersected within basketball and fashion. The NBA dress code saga with David Stern was a prime and popular historical reference that enabled us to build upon.
Commissioner delivers hybrid lifestyle and basketball footwear without making any compromises with performance, comfort or style – enabling athletes to own the hardwood and trendsetters to own the streets.
Utilizing our unique brand story - playing off the NBA Dress Code introduced by then Commissioner of the league, David Stern in 2005, we are creating products that bridge the gap from the streets to the arena, while bringing back the fashion value of the basketball sneaker. Our initial product launch is the Commissioner DS1 (David Stern 1), which is a hybrid lifestyle, basketball sneaker. The DS1 is as aesthetically pleasing off the court as it is on the court, and it is made of high-quality leather sitting on a responsive EVA foam midsole and durable rubber outsole. With a price point of $350, this product is completely balanced when it comes to durability, style, comfort and performance.
The following 3D samples are a representation of the actual colorway that the David Stern 1's will be delivered to all consumers upon arrival in Spring/Summer 2022. These rare sneakers will retail at $350 USD and this is your early bird opportunity to pre-order them for only $275 USD... oh, and the hardwood box/chest pictured above is the actual first prototype of the packaging for the DS1s!
Trust us ~ the packaging experience of this release is absolutely insane and beyond memorable as it all ties into the product and brand story!
Commissioner is going to redefine the connection between fashion, the game of basketball and the streets. It's our mission to elevate the fashion value of basketball culture through exclusive experiences – for the community, by the community. This starts with the DS1 and very calculated product launches will follow.
Visit our current + working website at commissionerculture.com! There will be multiple updates to this site as soon as we launch operations in September.
Commissioner was founded in Portland, Oregon in 2019 by four students attending the University of Oregon's Sports Product Management program. After realizing a decline in the popularity of wearing basketball sneakers casually and only seeing the success of retro sneaker releases along with NBA player exclusives not having as much hype as they once did, this group of students began researching why these things were happening. As they began to find out more and more, they naturally began putting together and organizing more and more of the business.
From the Founders...
"It was an accident and very organic because it started as a graduate school project. We all wanted to bring back the fashion value of basketball sneakers like when we were kids. And we all love sneakers, art, fashion, music, basketball, skate and so many more creative cultures that overlap... we all clicked immediately and the journey began."
As Master's students in the Sports Product Management program, our team has access to the best of the best in terms of advisors, resources for research and development, and customer insights. We are connected and advised by many industry leaders from the likes of Nike, Adidas and Under Armour as well. We're currently in the later product development phase and we've been working on perfecting our initial product concept - the DS1. With our manufacturing partner, we are awaiting our second round of prototypes.
It is far more difficult for these corporate giants to execute products for the community, by the community as we do at Commissioner. There is a different and much more personal connection with our products and the communities and consumers we serve that cannot be touched by these competitors. Our unique style and story will speak our truths in making these connections, which is what will also set us apart.
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