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Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 11:34 am  |  10 responses

SLAM/KICKS Represent at Scottsdale’s Hottest Party

‘Suits & Sneakers’ event at The W Hotel.

by Ben York / @bjyork

I had to work late last Friday nigAmar'e Stoudemireht. Very late.

But before you feel too bad for me, I’d be remiss if I didn’t let you know a few things up front:

1. Yes, I was working, but it was at a party.
2. The theme was “Suits & Sneakers.” Easily the best idea for a classy party ever.
3. It was at The W hotel in Scottsdale, one of the most elegant and luxurious hotels in all of Arizona.
4. Because SLAM has such a high reputation, I had VIP treatment all night.
5. SLAM/KICKS provided the swag for the fashion show.

Man, the things I have to sacrifice for my job…

First of all, The W Hotel in Scottsdale is off the hook. The entire building is sleek and modern; a perfect place to sit back and just chill. The ‘Suits & Sneakers’ party was held in their Shade Lounge and outside near the pool at wSuits & Sneakers at The What they call Sunset Beach. This time of year in Arizona, the weather is absolutely perfect; I’m not kidding, it’s literally perfect. On Friday night it was a chilly 65 degrees poolside. I even brought my coat; after all, I wouldn’t want to catch a cold.

Hosting such lavish parties isn’t anything new to The W. They were the official after-party spot of the 2009 NBA All-Star Weekend (held in Phoenix).

I arrived at about 9 p.m. to scope the location and take some pre-party photos. The first thing I noticed was how all of The W staff was decked out in (big surprise) suits and sneakers. Each staff member repped sick kicks from High Point, the premier street wear boutique in Arizona, and suits/dresses were provided by Astor and Black, Imago Styles and Dearly Departed.

The highlights of the night were undoubtedly the silent auction and the fashion show. High Point had a rare collection of kicks (and by ‘rare’ I mean freaking awesome) on display for both for the auction and runway show. All individuals who participated in the fashion show received a really nice gift bag complete with SLAM/KICKS magazines and other accessories.

Many thanks to Brian Kelly at Encore24, for providing photos from the party, and our boy, Shane, at The W Hotel for involving SLAM/KICKS.

Still feel bad for me?

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  • http://slamonline.com/ Ryne Nelson

    It’s not often ‘The W visits the The W,’ people! Nice stuff, Ben!

  • http://slamonline.com Ben Osborne

    Dope. Thanks, Ben.

  • Logues

    i forget, when does the annual KICKS mag come out again?

  • http://www.slamonline.com/online/category/blogs/san-dova-speak-easy/ San Dova

    July/August for KICKS.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    Thanks, all. Fantastic event all around.

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Ryne – haha, that’s the truth!

  • http://www.slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    So Ben, what type of suit and sneaks were you rockin?

  • http://www.slamonline.com Ben York

    @Nima – I had a sweet $5 suit from Savers and rocked an old school pair of Nike Dunks.

  • http://www.thefreshfiends.com Summer

    This party was amazing. You can expect nothing but the very best from both High Point and Dearly Departed. They’re the SAVIORS of Phoenix culture.

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