Paradis3 NYC and Champion come from two very different ends of the clothing spectrum – Paradis3 is a buzzing upstart from new kid on the block Sean Pablo, who’s making serious waves in the skating world, and Champion is a timeless sportswear brand that has been out of the limelight for years. At this moment in time, though, both brands are garnering a lot of attention, and on the basis of their SS18 offerings, it’s easy to see why!
Kicking off with Paradis3, the two heavier arrivals in the collection are the Friendship Sweatshirt and Angels Hoodie, on the left and right above respectively. The Friendship Sweatshirt has been very well received here at Attitude, featuring an iconic image of Michael Jackson and E.T atop a cosy black sweatshirt with a soft, fleecy lining. “Paradise” text runs just below the portrait image on the chest in white, taking nothing away from the graphic. The Angels Hoodie comes in an awesome bright orange colourway, one that will shine bright in the sun this summer. As can be seen by the logo on the left wrist, Paradis3 has used Champion blank hoodies on this occasion, guaranteeing a high level of craftsmanship. On the chest we’ve got black screen printed “Angels watching over me” text, with outlined angels placed either side of it. The text pops very nicely against the bold backdrop.
Champion’s heavier offerings this season offer a more simplistic alternative to the ones offered by Paradis3. On the left above, we’ve got the Reverse Weave Hooded Sweatshirt in Olive Green, and on the right above we’ve got the Reverse Weave Zip Hooded Sweatshirt in Black. Both feature very minimal branding, with Champion C logos added to the left wrists and left of the chests. White drawstrings let you adjust the fit of the hood in both cases, and ribbed sides offer improved breathability. The only real difference in the two is the black hoodie featuring a zip and the olive hoodie not, so it’s down to you which style you prefer. The “Reverse Weave” in the title of the hoodies indicates that these are part of Champion’s highest quality apparel range – you’ve really got to get them in hand to understand how class these are!
Two of the t-shirts from Paradis3 are pictured above, the Mime T-Shirt in Light Pink on the left above, and the Can’t Touch This T-Shirt in Natural on the right above. Both have been made solely using cotton, providing a soft and comfy t-shirt that will pose no problems when you skate. The Mime T-Shirt features a spooky black graphic of a mime artist, as well as subtle “Paradise” text below it, and the Can’t Touch This T-Shirt features an awesome Nike Air graphic depicting Michael Jordan’s iconic Jumpman logo, but with Bart Simpson’s head instead. Just the usual tongue-in-cheek stuff from Paradis3!
Champion’s t-shirts are just as high quality as the hoodies before them, and this season we’ve got a Grey Reverse Weave T-Shirt and an Azure Blue Reverse Weave T-Shirt (there’s also a hoodie in the same blue colour, too). Both t-shirts have been made under Champion’s Reverse Weave branch, signifying a high level of quality in terms of stitching and fit. The necklines on both have been ribbed for comfort, and small C logos have been added on the left sleeves as well. The standout features, though, are of course the C logos on the chests of both t-shirts. Champion could have taken the easy option and screen printed them, but instead, both logos have been intricately embroidered, providing a more vivid colour and a more premium appearance overall.
Everything pictured above, and much more from both Paradis3 and Champion, is available online here at Attitude and also in our Colchester store. Stock is very limited on all of these items, though, so if anything has caught your eye don’t wait till payday – get copping now!