Originally established in New York in 1989, Union was one of the first shop’s to focus primarily on “streetwear” and the culture surrounding it, sneakers included. Working with a variety of premier brands over the years the shop grew and move to larger locations as well as headed west to open a spot in Los Angelese on La Brea with its neighbor’s being Stussy and Undefeated. Collaborating with many brands in their lifetime it was surprising that although members of the Union family had worked with Nike, the Union brand had not. So in 2009 to commemorate 20 years of business that changed. To celebrate the occasion two special versions of a modified Dunk High was created for both the New York and Los Angeles stores.
Union x Nike Dunk High Challenge Supreme “LA” uploaded by SamtheMan
Dubbed the Dunk High Challenge Supreme, the look to the classic Dunk High was remixed just for this partnership. The Challenge part of the name coming from the inspirational vibe coming from the Andre Agassi Air Tech Challenge II. The colors of the Dunks coming directly from the Tech Challenge along with detailing including the vibrant splatter pattern and grey plastic strap. Additionally an ankle strap was added as well, from the Nike Vandal which featured the Union name and logo stitched in. Premium materials used all over including perforated paneling, the inner liner consisting of camouflage print. Blue/Neon was used on the Los Angeles while White/Black/Hot Lava used for the New York edition, each had their initials name stitched on the heel.
Union x Nike Dunk High Challenge Supreme “NYC” uploaded by SamtheMan
Only 100 pairs of each Dunk High Challenge Supreme was created and sold at each location. Selling out quickly and hard to get a hold of luckily both versions are on the Wikipedia. Sadly the Union NYC storefront closed it’s doors in mid-2009, however the Los Angeles storefront still lives on. That means that his collaboration was one of the last pieces from the New York shop and a fitting way to end it’s time in the city that never sleeps.