Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 10:15 am  |  16 responses

K1X Presents the ‘Freshmen Swagger’ Pack

A Fab Five-inspired line dropping in December.

Crazy, huh? That it’s been twenty years. Twenty years since five brash, talented freshmen stepped foot on Michigan’s campus and turned the basketball world upside down. The Fab Five—Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Chris Webber, Jimmy King and Ray Jackson—rocked baggy shorts, threw alley-oops, intimidated opponents, scared the crap out of Midwestern housewives and generaly just didn’t give a damn. The Fab Five became a social phenomenon, and now, K1X is ready to immortalize their attitude in a clothing line. Introducing the “Freshmen Swagger” pack. The genesis, straight from our friends at K1X:

Never before had a freshmen collective dominated the NCAA so spectacularly. And never before had hip hop culture left such an obvious footprint in the clean and wholesome world of college sports. The Fab Five demonstrated unbridled confidence and an aggressive in-your-face attitude. They invented the extra baggy shorts, sported black socks and bald heads, while talking more trash than Middle America could take. Adding alley-oops and impressive winning streaks for extra flavor, these freshmen were making headlines left and right.

You either loved these guys—or hated them. As you may guess, K1X (est. in 1993) loved them for personifying “swagger” to perfection. And K1X was very much inspired by this early blend of basketball and hip hop, a mixture which remains a main ingredient of most K1X designs to this day. In 1992, the Michigan Wolverines lost the NCAA championship game vs. the Duke Blue Devils. In 2012, those Blue Devils are a mere statistic. But the Fab Five will forever remain icons. K1X’s “Freshmen Swagger” pack is a heartfelt tribute to Michigan’s Fab Five.

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  • memyselfand9

    again somebody profiting off the FAB 5 without them getting a dime???
    history repeating itself, huh?

  • memyselfand9

    i hope they at least reached out to the FAB5 asking for permission.

  • http://twitter.com/yo_mister Jesse

    not bad but i can’t allow myself to wear something that has the word swagger on it.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    lol this jonk low key cold!!! @Jesse I completely agree, but man I’d probably make an exception.

  • Ronnie

    where can can you pick this stuff up?

  • Adrianc513

    so noone cares that this isnt NIKE??

  • http://twitter.com/yo_mister Jesse

    no brand has ever been loyal to me why should i ever be loyal to a brand? wear what you like.

  • Bx Baller

    Look at the rest of this brands past collections, all they do is use players numbers and likenesses without permission. Kinda wack, if you ask me. Product looks ok, but they are talking about swagger and all they do is swagger jack, haha. They are German so I guess that makes sense, lol.

  • Ali

    They’d have to break me off if I was Webber and Co. Michagan might have something to say about that likeness of their logo and colors too…

  • JM

    Ironic some of the shirts have the “K” symbol on them considering Duke was basically the antithesis of Michigan during that era…especially from a perception standpoint.

  • http://www.slamonline.com hoopdreams

    I like the fab 5 hat but i cant wear something that says SWAG in big bright yellow letters

  • DS44

    I think of bald heads,baggy shorts black socks and Nike when I hear fab 5.

  • LA Huey

    Bill Walton is rolling over in his grave…

  • packman11

    this pack is just dope!! fab5 4 life…

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  • Rodman

    So what, if it’s not Nike. I’m a Baller, who likes seeing someone out there, who tries to keep that phenomenon alive and pays tribute to it. I even feel their stuff…high fab5 for that!
    I even liked their Oak collabo. Who else would still talk about Oak today. The big brands out there won’t, that’s fo sho…