Procell staff Alex Lee on the Air Jordan 5 and suiting up for Flight
Vintage store Procell in New York attracts the most voracious vintage sportswear collectors, whether they’re customers or employees.
As another fighter-plane inspired edition of the AJ5 hits this weekend, we ask Procell staff member Alex Lee about working with vintage, his preferred AJ 5, and how to rock an OG Flight Suit.
Tell us a bit about yourself.
Just a bit? Ok. Hello, I’m Alex and I like to make smoothies in my spare time.
How would you describe the way you dress?
My only rule is that I wear things I like. My other only rule is that I wear things that are recycled or pre-owned (except for the new Jordan Flight Suit, of course).
When did you first become interested in vintage?
I started collecting vintage in 2010 when I graduated high school. It coincided with my introduction to eBay and was sparked by a desire to wear clothes that no one else had. The internet became my thrift store.
How has working at Procell fueled this interest?
Procell has the most thoughtful mix of designer and pop culture/subculture vintage clothing in the country, if not the world. Working there has increased my knowledge and interest in all areas of vintage, from iconic designer pieces to rare and obscure sportswear. It’s also helped refine my taste.
What, in your opinion, is the best version of the AJ 5?
All the original four color ways are the best. I especially like the white, grape and emerald combo and the white, black and fire-red. The reflective tongue is my favorite detail on the shoe.
What is best worn with the 5?
Fives are such a classic style, you can essentially wear them with anything. They look chill with basketball shorts in summer.
Have you seen any rare vintage Jordan pieces in the store at any point?
Of course! About a year ago I remember Brian (Procell) put an original Jordan Flight Suit in the shop. Didn’t last long.
What are your favorite features of the flight suit?
I like all the zippers. That way I can store almonds in the pockets and they won’t fall out.
What’s your favorite model of Jordan?
I like the 1’s because my dad had an original pair when I was growing up and at that time I wasn’t aware of any other models. I like the 5’s, the subtlety of the 2’s, and the buckles on the 8’s. Truthfully, I don’t have a favorite, just a general admiration for all of them.