Words: Sydney Gore

Photography: Magdalena Wosinksa

Styling: Shibon Kennedy


Early last year, Jordan Brand launched the Women’s Collective event series, formed to celebrate creativity and collaboration throughout basketball culture. What started IRL has continued digitally, this time highlighting four women in Los Angeles who embody an incredible combination of talent and service: Zolee Griggs, Evelynn Escobar-Thomas, Dime Jones and DJ Osh Kosh.

Captured individually in locations significant to them, all four women wore pieces from the Spring 2021 Jordan WMNS Future Primal Capsule, Flight Essentials apparel and seasonal retros and were remotely styled by Shibon Kennedy. Of her styling philosophy, Shibon says: “Style is an extension of yourself that includes how you want to be seen in the world, how you want to walk through the world, how you want people to interpret you. For me, the idea of finding and leaning into that space, and finding what makes someone feel the most comfortable and confident, is a way in which we can empower ourselves, show up for ourselves and show up for our communities.”

The first L.A.-focused Women’s Collective moment centers on individuals who are doing the work locally. “None of these women are singular, they’re all really fantastic,” notes Shibon. “I resonate with something in each of their styles, on a personal level. It was inspiring to collaborate with them, even from afar.”

One of the many things we learned in 2020 is the undeniable power of community. Below, Zolee, Evelynn, Dime, and Osh share their thoughts on community, activism and streetwear in the city they are proud to represent.


ZOLEE GRIGGS

Zolee Griggs is an actress born and raised in Los Angeles. When she’s not portraying heroic figures on-screen, she’s involved in humanitarian causes that benefit the communities she calls home.

On her definition of community:

Growing up in the church, I’ve always had a sense of community. I also went to a really cool liberal arts high school and have people from that time who still check in with me. Community is all about thinking beyond yourself and asking, “What is the greater good for everyone around me?” In order to have a flourishing community, you need to be active and get to know those around you. Don’t be afraid to interact with people and get to know them, even if it’s outside of your comfort level. I go to every part of Los Angeles, because I grew up here, and I view all of L.A. as my community. I get to know people on a personal level, like family.

On what real heroes look like off-screen:

Real-life heroes are actually as human as possible. What’s cool is that you can be an average person, you don’t need to have status. It’s about how you connect with other people, do things out of love and gratitude and serve. Real heroes aren’t doing it for the credit, shoutouts or praise. You don’t have to be a celebrity, just be a person. We’re all just people trying to make it and survive.

On the role of sneakers and streetwear in her personal style:

I started to get into shoes a little later than most people because I couldn’t afford to keep up with true sneakerheads. To me, sneakers translate to so many different areas of community. I like the diversity in shoes and all of the different people they impact. I have a shoe for every avenue of my life. Since I was young, I’ve had an infatuation with ‘80s and ‘90s style and streetwear, though honestly, my outfit choice really just depends on how I feel.

On representing the Jordan Women’s Collective in L.A. with the Future Primal Capsule and Flight Essentials Collection:

I’m honored to be alongside these women. They are active in their communities, reclaiming space and utilizing that space in the best ways they can. Our generation has opportunities that the last one didn’t have, so as a new generation, we can grow and learn together. When we all come together, now we have a super team.

The pieces we wore for this shoot are very cool, smart and of the moment, though they have futuristic aspects to them, too. It feels like Jordan Brand took the time to give us options and step it up, which I love. I really like how you can use the pockets and ties in different ways.


EVELYNN ESCOBAR-THOMAS

Evelynn Escobar-Thomas is an activist, creative and model living in Los Angeles. She is the founder of Hike Clerb, an intersectional hiking group that has expanded into a 501c(3) non-profit.

On her definition of community:

To me, community is just another word to describe this collective ecosystem that we are all part of. It really represents the unity in which we all coexist. It can look so different depending on who you’re talking to. It can be localized or worldwide, but at the end of the day, it really is about those common threads that link us together.

There’s a common saying, “Leave things better than you found them.” It’s something I try my best to do in life. Being of service to L.A. means providing for the community in a way that maybe didn’t exist before or in a different, more innovative way. Even if I wasn’t in L.A., I would still be doing something for my community. That’s just how I’m wired.

On her process for going inward and bringing the outside in:

Nature is a huge tool for me. Going into nature is going into ourselves. We are nature, and the more that we tap into our true essence by going into these environments, quieting down our minds and recharging, the more we can gain clarity, direction, purpose and perspective. So for me, it’s really about listening, and nature is a huge tool for my own listening, awareness and really everything else.

On the role of sneakers and streetwear in her personal style:

One of the most important things to me is comfort because being uncomfortable can be distracting. Comfort gives me a foundation to use my energy and mental efforts on things that really matter. I grew up in Virginia listening to music that influenced my interest in streetwear, style and art when I was a teenager. I’ve been collecting and wearing sneakers since I was little, though I was able to really get the things I wanted once I got older and had money. Once I became a social media manager at Undefeated, it felt like things had really come full circle.

On representing the Jordan Women’s Collective in L.A. with the Future Primal Capsule and Flight Essentials Collection:

It’s a huge honor because growing up, I remember people saying things like, “You can’t wear Jordans, they aren’t for girls.” I love how comfortable and cozy everything in this collection is. I’m passionate about streetwear, sneakers, community building and going into nature. I think it’s really important for people to realize that you can express your passions and that they can manifest in all of these different ways. We are multifaceted human beings, and it’s normal to be that way. Worlds collide. You can make it all make sense for you. Express who you are to the fullest degree.


DIME JONES

Dime Jones is a designer, stylist and makeup artist from South Central Los Angeles. When she’s not busy running the fashion empire that is Nior, she’s focused on philanthropic work through We Work Too and Clean Up South Central.

On her definition of community:

To me, community means family, love, wisdom and safe space. You have to put action to your words, to show up even when it isn’t popular. Before I became a marketing specialist, I was a teacher. From that, I learned that the return of doing something good outweighs everything. Being essential means being a resource to efficiently help your community.

On her motivation for helping L.A.:

When I was 16, my father was murdered on Fig and 110th in South Central. Since then, I’ve wanted to give back in some way. I believe that if my dad had someone like me to show him that there’s more to life, maybe he would still be here. Giving back to L.A. literally means being able to save a life. Nothing I do will mean more than giving back to kids like me and neighborhoods like mine.

I am creating a digital media program for local South Central schools, so they can help people create their own jobs, websites, logos and other things. I’m also advocating to get one major health food store in our community.

On the role of sneakers and streetwear in her personal style:

Sneakers tell stories of people in my community. If you ask a kid in South Central what their favorite shoe is, they will probably say Jordan or Nike. Through sneakers, I’ve been able to give my community the resources it needs.

Streetwear was never the lane I chose, it chose me. I’ve always been a girly tomboy, so it worked. My mom couldn’t afford Jordans, so I wasn’t able to collect them until I was 18. My first pair were black and yellow from Goodwill, and I still have them to this day.

On representing the Jordan Women’s Collective in L.A. with the Future Primal Capsule and Flight Essentials Collection: 

Honestly, I feel honored and shocked. I am grateful and humbled for the opportunity. The collection is dope, and there are so many strong pieces that I would definitely wear and see as staples in my closet.


DJ OSH KOSH

DJ Osh Kosh resides in Los Angeles, where she stays setting the vibe. Aside from music, she is passionate about mentoring the next generation through her 501c(3) non-profit organization, Dreamers Youth.

On her definition of community:

Community is sort of like a family. You go through certain things with your family, including hard times. I feel it’s my duty to serve the L.A. community, just getting out there, being proactive and relating to people, so I can understand what’s going on. There’s a lot going on, especially during these times. If I have the resources, and if I can be a point of contact, then I’ll do whatever I can.

On finding new ways to stay connected with the music community:

I make sure that everything I do with Dreamers Youth, such as food drives, gets industry support. I stay in contact with my connections and remind people that, “We’re fortunate. Let’s do our part and get everybody what they need.” Now is the time to focus on what’s really important. I used to always say that I wish I could pause the world, do what I need to do and then press play again. COVID threw a wrench in everybody’s plans, so we’re just trying to move accordingly because we can’t stop.

On the role of sneakers and streetwear in her personal style:

It’s not on you, it’s in you. In the community where I grew up, it was all a part of your lifestyle. Sneakers are like an add-on to your confidence. You can express your personality through your shoes and clothes. To me, that’s how community and sneakers go hand in hand.

I began to love sneakers at around eight years old. I would introduce my shoes to each other. If I had some new Jordans coming in, I’d get them acquainted by introducing the new ones to the old ones. I’d be like, “These are your friends, they will be joining you in the closet. Everybody gets a turn, don’t even stress about it.”  [Laughs] I always had a weird thing for my shoes. I could have a plain sweatsuit on, but if I had a nice pair of Jordans on, then my outfit was complete.

On representing the Jordan Women’s Collective in L.A. with the Future Primal Capsule and Flight Essentials Collection:

I think it’s dope, and the collection is very fashion-forward. We’re really living in 2021! I like to see brands grow, but I’m also a very classic type of person. I like that Jordan has evolved for women, in a way where a person like me can still adapt to it. I’m grateful to have L.A.’s turn to be a part of this.


The Spring 2021 Jordan WMNS Future Primal Capsule and Flight Essentials Collection are now available on Jordan.com and from select retailers.

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