by Stephen Garner

Black-owned premium streetwear brand Diplomacy has partnered with New Orleans Pelicans player Wes Iwundu on the brand’s new “Free the Future” capsule collection.

Launching on Juneteenth (June 19, 2021), a portion of proceeds from the capsule will be donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Houston, an organization near and dear to Iwundu, which delivers high-quality afterschool programs to their communities’ most at-risk youth.

Diplomacy’s creative director Eric Archibald worked with the NBA small forward on this collection of statement tees, hoodies, shorts, socks, and accessories all made in California. Hoodies are made with high-quality fabrics such as combed cotton and brushed loopback French terry.

“With virus raging across the world, and so much economic hardship, racial injustice, and political division, this is a time for all of us to imagine the world as it could be,” Iwundu explained. “We may have physically been in lockdown, but the key to escape is in our imagination.”

“The NBA is where fashion and self-expression is today… basketball players have taken their style and activism to the next level,” added Archibald. “So, we’re really excited to be working with Wes on this.”

The Free the Future, Diplomacy x Wes Iwundu’s capsule collection will be priced between $20 and $210. All customers will receive a limited-edition Free The Future mask and sticker with each order. The collection will be available for purchase at diplomacyworldwide.com on June 19th.

Images courtesy of Greg Miles