*Spike Lee is expanding his talents to platforms other than film: fashion. Although, Lee has been a fashion icon through his films.
He started a line of durable backpacks with Sprayground for carrying around important items like a laptop while staying stylish.
Lee is feeling very confident about the line. He got passes from his two hardest critics to please: his children. Now he’s utilizing the impact of fashion he had in his films since the 1980s.
“I mean it was fashion to have Mars Blackmon wearing Jordans in ’86, so I don’t think that doing this enables me to do something I can’t do in film,” he said. “I mean, where did Malcolm X hats come from? The X hats, it came from the film.”
He added, “so we’ve been able to establish a lot of stuff in our films that people have caught on and become fashion,” Lee said at a round-table event at his Brooklyn-based production company, 40 Acres and a Mule.
“Everybody doesn’t have the same path, everybody can’t do everything, but for me I just felt I could never just stand on the sidelines and just go by without speaking,” he said.
He added, “I’ve always been careful [so] when I do that [I] preface whatever I say. If I say this is my opinion and I’m not a spokesperson on behalf of 45 million African-Americans, it’s just my opinion.”
The 40 Acres Satchel/Backpack and Mars Blackmon Pixels Backpack are available for order at Sprayground.com. The bags were officially released on Monday, Dec. 15, 2015.