honoring the past
Mitchell and Ness Hardwood Classic Swingmans
Mitchell & Ness have a unique niche in the industry of recreating historic uniforms and fan apparel and do this by providing the best quality, craftmanship and attention to detail that no one else provides. The accuracy and attention to detail ensures the storytelling is on point.
Mitchell & Ness has given fans the ability to wear a vintage jersey of their team and help connect fans with an important era in history.
Nike Swingman Jerseys
With Nike taking over the NBA licence for jerseys the biggest changes were the league was doing away the traditional home and away designations. Each team will have at least four jerseys. Each team will then pick which are their home jerseys. The road team can then select any of their jerseys that are a different colour.
The 4 different jersey types are: Association (classic white), Icon (team Colour), City Edition and Statement Edition
The first year of Nike’s partnership with the NBA brought fans closer than ever to their home teams with the introduction of City Edition uniforms. The approach was straight-forward: take features of a team’s city and incorporate them into the uniform’s design. But the inspirations were far from simple. Architecture, landmarks, famous figures and mottos became creative backdrops for the jerseys, creating a piece of fan culture that’s wholly loyal to communities across the League.
Swingmans or Authentics?
Swingman jerseys have many of the features of an on-court NBA jersey and are currently made of a more performance based material. Swingman jerseys (including Hardwood Classics) are made of a heavier, 100% polyester mesh material that copies the look of the authentics the players wear on the court. These jerseys are more for an everyday lifestyle wear look, but can still serve an athletic purpose.
Authentic jerseys are a true reflection of the jerseys the pro’s wear on the court. The authentics have the same fabrics, trims, cuts and finer details that the professionals wear on the court. The best materials are used to make the authentics which is the reason why there is a higher price point than the swingmans.