JSP’s Latest Release Is a Love Letter to the Philly Skate Scene

He may be based on the West Coast now, but Jimmy Gorecki came up skating in Philadelphia. Back then, in the late ’90s and early 2000s, the city was home to “the three most boomingest skateboard spots in the world: City Hall, Love Park, and Municipal Building,” Gorecki says. Once you landed at 15th Street and JFK Boulevard, you were basically standing in all three.

Love Park was the most famous of the bunch by a very long shot, but the city destroyed it as a skate spot through a series of redesigns, kicking off the long march to its end in 2002 and finally putting it fully to rest in 2016. Still, that intersection holds a sort of magnetism—one part nostalgia for the good ol’ days and one part, well, good skating.

The JSP x Planes hat, at the intersection that inspired it.

You don’t have to be a skater to understand the influence skate culture has on the way we dress nowadays. You just have to look around; you’ll see it. So it won’t exactly come as a shock that nowadays, Gorecki is entrenched in the world of clothing, making some of our favorite tees and pants with the brand Standard Issue and churning out limited-edition releases under the JSP moniker.

The latest JSP release—the JSP x Planes 15th and JFK Crown Collection, created in collaboration with Emory Jones of Paper Planes—is a love letter to the heyday of the Philly skate scene. The star of the show is a wool snapback in Phillies colors, featuring the Planes logo at the front and that all-important intersection, “15th and JFK,” embroidered on the back. It’s complemented by a burgundy JSP sweatshirt and sweatpants, both with co-branded embroidery to give ’em a little extra something.

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It’s a tightly edited offering, to be sure, but the story behind it spans decades. And Gorecki hopes it’ll help push that story forward, too. “I was once a kid that had dreams on those blocks,” Gorecki says. “Years later its put me in places I could have only ever imagined.” With this collection, he hopes he can “bring attention to kids on the same blocks, letting them know there are older generations out there rooting for them.”

You can shop the whole collection starting today at 6 p.m. ET at the JSP section of Standard Issue’s online store. Do it for Philly. Or for the kids. Or because LeBron, decided non-skater, also digs JSP. But do it quick, because these releases never stick around for long.

Jonathan Evans is the style director of Esquire, covering all things fashion, grooming, accessories, and, of course, sneakers.

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