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DON’T BE QUIET, PLEASE

 

“Every tennis match starts with the same two words: ‘Quiet Please.’
But change can be noisy and our love can transform anything.
Outside the court we will let our voices be heard as loud as we can.
If you see the potential for good, speak up.
Together, we can change the game for the better.”

—Pharrell Williams

On Monday, August 28th, Adidas, Pharrell Williams, Stan Smith and Adidas tennis athletes Garbiñe Muguruza, Angelique Kerber, Sascha Zverev, Dominic Thiem and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga gathered at Frederick Johnson Community Court in Harlem, NY, to host a tennis clinic with local youth organizations to kick off the launch of Don’t Be Quiet Please, a New York City-wide campaign inspiring individuals to make game-changing pledges. During the event, Williams delivered the manifesto above, inviting New Yorkers to join him in a citywide activation encouraging all to believe in their voices and be loud in inspiring change through love.

Pharrell and Adidas took this manifesto further and put it into action by re-creating one of the most powerful symbols in the sport of tennis. The umpire chair: the ultimate authority symbol in every tennis match. It is where every urge for quietness comes from. Pharrell and Adidas gave these chairs the QUIET PLEASE treatment, which displayed words from the manifesto. Ultimately, these umpire chairs became platforms, spread across New York City, for people to express themselves and their love as loud as they can. Ten custom umpire chairs were stationed around the city, including: Columbus Circle, Apollo Theater, NY Public Library, Herald Square, Astor Place, Flatiron, Christopher & Gay St., Petrosino Square and Atlantic Terminal in Brooklyn.

Inspired to look at tennis from a different point of view, and how sports can serve as a vehicle for positivity and change, together Adidas and Pharrell additionally announced a community program including the restoration of a New York City tennis court through a donation to the NYC Parks and children’s tennis scholarships in partnership with Court16 and Horizons, offered to 25 kids from Brooklyn Friends School.

During a time when people are being persecuted just for being who they are, we also ask you to speak up and change the game for the better when you see an opportunity to do so. Don’t Be Quiet, Please.

Check out photos from the event by clicking the “read more” jump, where Pharrell, Stan Smith and the Adidas tennis athletes are donned in Pharrell’s new Adidas tennis apparel collection, and photos of celebrities speaking up on the QUIET PLEASE umpire chairs.

Photos via Getty Images and @_kidwzrd_

Photo Credit: Noam Galai/Getty Images for adidas (PRNewsfoto/adidas)

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Daniel Arsham Shares How His Art Attracted Collabs with Pharrell and Adidas

Installation artist, filmmaker and co-founder of Snarkitecture, Daniel Arsham, shared with Complex how his art challenges the mind to rethink what we see as normal objects in everyday life. His unique art has attracted major collaborations with the likes of Pharrell Williams and Adidas; and of course we show him love for our beloved  NYC flagship store in SoHo, designed by none other than Snarkitecture. Watch Arsham’s Blueprint below.

OTHERtone Episode ft. Jimmy Iovine

On this episode of OTHERtone, the legendary record producer, Jimmy Iovine,—also known for co-founding Interscope Records and Beats Electronics—joins Pharrell and Scott.

Watch them discuss how the music industry has changed since he first started in the 1970s, and his transition from music to the tech scene. Click the ‘read more’ jump to view pics from the interview.

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Takashi Murakami will Present New MCA Exhibition with Pharrell Williams Curated Performances

Japanese artist, BBC collaborator and longtime friend, Takashi Murakami, is set to present his latest exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (MCA) tomorrow, June 6th.

Titled “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg”, the exhibition shows how Murakami’s art is rooted in traditions of Japanese painting and folklore, and highlights the artist’s careful attention to craft and materials. It also showcases the artist’s astute eye for the contemporary influences of globalization, media culture, the continued threats of nuclear power. “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” will be available for preview by fans at MCA’s “ArtEdge: 50” gala, celebrating the museum’s 50th anniversary. The event will also feature a special concert curated by Pharrell Williams, including a performance by singer/songwriter and actress, Janelle Monáe.

MCA “ArtEdge: 50” tickets will be sold starting June 6th, and prices will start at approximately $2,500 USD for both the gala and concert, and around $250 for just the concert. Murakami’s “The Octopus Eats Its Own Leg” will be open to the public up until September 24th.

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Via: MCA

Pharrell Williams and Mike Einziger Debut New Startup Technology at TechCrunch’s Disrupt NY

TechCrunch’s premier startup and technology news conference, TechCrunch Disrupt, returned to New York this week in Manhattan. Bringing to life the things that make TechCrunch tick—tech and startups— Disrupt NY ended the conference with a performance by Pharrell Williams and Incubus guitarist, Mike Einziger to showcase the new technology from their new startup, MIXhalo. Founded by Einziger with Pharrell as a an advisor and investor, MIXhalo’s new audio technology essentially makes live events sound studio-quality to concert goers.

At live concerts, musicians are able to hear their performance via headphones that allow them to hear with high-quality sounds. But, the audience does not receive the same sound through blaring speakers. With MIXhalo, you install the iOS app (there are plans for an Android version, too), connect to a special MIXhalo network and then you can hear what Einziger called a “a really, really high quality, studio-quality audio experience,” even if you’re “a thousand feet away from the stage.”

We’re stoked to see this rollout. Check out Pharrell and Mike speak about MIXhalo and their performance in the video below.

Via: TechCrunch

Tennis Hu Release Party Recap

In celebration of the release of the Tennis Hu shoes—Pharrell’s first signature shoe with adidas—we transformed the BBC NYC flagship store into a Tennis Hu themed space for a launch party. Decked with adidas and BBC branded merch, the store also featured a custom-made HU sneaker display structure with glowing green and yellow lighting, illuminating the new shoes. Inspired by the adidas Stan Smith silhouette, Pharrell’s Tennis Hu is essentially a modernized tennis shoe, featuring flexible primeknit, a lightweight EVA midsole, and a built-in lacing system.

Special guests included Stretch Armstrong, Smoke DZA, Kirk Knight, Kerwin Frost and Luka Sabbat.

We also debuted our BBC NYC exclusive Ace and Court tees in celebration of the Tennis Hu launch, that are now available in store at 7 Mercer and online here.

We’d like to give a huge thanks to adidas for sponsoring the event! Click the jump for recap pics of the event.

Photo cred: Chris Prothro

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