Streetwear show a slam dunk in Melbourne


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One of the first professional slam dunkers in the world, it’s likely Guy Dupuy also has one of the biggest sneaker collections, with an incredible 6800 pairs.

“I didn’t have to pay for them … all the sneakers that I’ve played or worn in, they all got a piece of history,” he told AAP.

The collection takes up three rooms of his house in Miami. Not that he’s there much – Dupuy makes a living travelling the world slamming basketballs into hoops.

On Saturday, he was at the first Sneakerland convention in Melbourne, showing off his street dunking in competition with all comers.

“You got to have crazy vertical lift, crazy hang time. You got to come with something very creative and powerful,” he said of the art of dunking.

Dupuy claims his highest recorded jump is 59 inches – or 1.5 metres into the air. To put that in context, Michael Jordan’s highest jump was reputedly between 42 and 48 inches.

Of course, Dupuy showed off his gear as well as his skills at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on Saturday and said while the Australian streetwear scene was growing, it was yet to find its own distinctive identity.

“I feel like the streetwear fashion here is still very behind – it’s growing at a fast pace but I feel like it’s more of a copy of Japanese and American hip hop and European streetwear,” he said.

“It has a long way to go still but there’s so much potential, such creative beautiful people. They still need to find their own identity.”

The 26-year-old founder of the Sneakerland event, Jamal Diallo, would likely relish that challenge.

He mentions Clothing the Gaps, an Aboriginal social enterprise, and HoMie, which supports homeless people, as leading Australian brands driven by morals that go beyond fashion.

The entrepreneur has already run two streetwear conventions in Perth, drawing a crowd of 5500 to an event in June and attracting fans from interstate.

A similar crowd is expected at Melbourne’s Sneakerland, which will have more than 50 streetwear vendors.

Some of the most sought-after sneakers at the event include the Jordan 1 OG Chicago (1985), worth $135,000, the Nike Sb dunk low Paris and the Adidas x Pharrell x Chanel Human Race trail, both worth about $70,000.

Diallo hopes Sneakerland will become an annual event in Melbourne as well as in his hometown of Perth and provide a boost to Australian streetwear culture.

Read more – PerthNow

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