Last year, PUMA produced one of the best Black History Month collections of any brand. They honored Olympic athlete Tommie Smith, whose black fist tribute at the 1968 games alongside John Carlos and the late-great Peter Norman marked a moment in solidarity Americans will never forget. As a follow-up, PUMA looks within their own brand heritage honoring a famed Atlanta school attended by Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
David T. Howard started as an elementary school back in 1923 founded by a former slave. Decades later it would be converted to a high school and set a new precedent for academic achievements in the African-American community before and during the civil rights era. Walt Frazier is one of the many accomplished African-American alumnus.
To honor this great institution of learning – to whom PUMA works closely with via an alumni association – a first release includes two iterations of the Clyde – the Bball and the Wool. The former highlights a textured leather upper inspired by a basketball itself, while gold eyelets nod to Frazier’s many gold trophies. The latter comes outfitted in wool and chenille to mimic high school letterman jackets in the school’s colors, blue and gold.
The first installment of the PUMA Legacy Collection is available now at PUMA Lab Powered by Foot Locker, Footaction and PUMA.com.