PORT WASHINGTON, N.Y., Aug. 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Growing up in a Coney
Island household with parents struggling to make ends meet, Stephon Marbury
knows first-hand the pressure kids, parents and playground basketball
players feel to spend top-dollar on the latest clothes and sneakers. Today,
as a high- profile NBA player, he's now in a position to realize a lifelong
dream to "change the world" by eliminating that aspect of our culture.
Marbury has announced that he is teaming with national casual apparel
retailer Steve & Barry's to introduce the Starbury Collection. The Starbury
Collection is an arsenal of high-quality apparel and sneakers with
extraordinarily lower price points than similar merchandise sold by the
country's other top retailers and manufacturers. It goes on-sale
exclusively at all Steve & Barry's shopping mall locations across the
country beginning Thursday, August 17th - just in time for Back to School.
The Starbury Collection features nearly 50 casual and comfortable items
for men and boys, including jackets, jeans, hoodies, tshirts, athletic tops
and shorts, lifestyle and performance sneakers, work boots, hats and other
accessories, with nearly every individual item priced at an astonishing $10
Perhaps no item reflects the extraordinary value of the Starbury
Collection more than the Starbury One, a new high performance basketball
sneaker that Marbury will wear on NBA courts beginning this coming season.
Available in a variety of colors and all sizes for adults and kids, the
Starbury One found on Steve & Barry's shelves will be identical to those
Marbury will wear during games. Incorporating a sleek design and the same
technical features for comfort, stability and durability found in
basketball sneakers sold by the nation's top brands for $100 to $150, the
Starbury One will carry a price tag of just $14.98. It's believed to be the
lowest price for an NBA quality sneaker during the modern era.
Stephon Marbury said: "Kids shouldn't have to feel the pressure to
spend so much to feel good about the way they look. I'm blessed to be in a
position to do something about it, to help change the world. I couldn't
find a better partner to create the Starbury Collection with than Steve &
Barry's. For 20 years, their entire business has been about selling great
quality clothes for much less than people expect they should cost."
Winner of the 2005 Hot Retailer of the Year Award from the
International Council of Shopping Centers and called the "the fastest
growing retailer you never heard of" in a recent Forbes Magazine profile,
Steve & Barry's are giant sized, shopping mall anchor stores. Each of the
chain's 140+ locations in 31 states offers full lines of casual,
comfortable clothes for the entire family at extraordinary low prices,
presented in a specialty retail environment featuring wood floors and
fixtures, huge aisles, and plasma TVs. The Starbury Collection will be
featured in huge, dedicated showrooms within each store, to include
monitors running The Starbury Story, a four-minute documentary on Marbury's
life and vision for the Starbury Collection. Web-only segments of the
documentary and more information on the Collection are available at
Steve & Barry's co-CEO Barry Prevor said: "This is a very exciting
moment for Steve & Barry's. When Steve and I founded our company in 1985,
it was with a mission to bring people the most unbelievable values on
clothes they've ever seen. That's exactly what Steph's vision for the
Starbury Collection is all about, so this has been a fantastic partnership
from the first day we met. Like Steph, we want to revolutionize how people
shop, and this new line will help us continue to make that happen."
As part of the launch of the Starbury Collection, Marbury and Steve &
Barry's worked with the Madison Square Boys & Girls Club's Thomas S. Murphy
Clubhouse in Brooklyn, New York, to offer local children participating in
the Club's art program the opportunity to display their design talents. The
winner of the "Starbury Design a T-shirt contest" will see their design
featured on a special edition tshirt sold at Steve & Barry's Manhattan
location as part of the Starbury Collection for a limited time. In
addition, a portion of the proceeds from sales of the Starbury Collection
is being donated to the Club.
Marbury commented, "It was very important to me that the Starbury
Collection have a strong social component for kids and parents, especially
in urban areas. Steve & Barry's and I decided to conduct the design contest
so kids could give real input into how the Starbury line is created and as
a means to give back to youth and the community."
In creating the Starbury line, Marbury and Steve & Barry's called upon
the best possible resources to collaborate on the product development and
marketing of the Collection.
Leading athletic gear design firm Rocketfish, perhaps best known for
providing high performance basketball sneaker concepts to Nike, Reebok and
Converse, worked closely with Marbury to create the Starbury One and ensure
it delivers all the comfort and stability required for professional
basketball players and recreational ballers alike.
Rocketfish co-founders TJ Gray and Ashley Brown commented, "We have
worked with many of the largest sneaker brands in the world. Cut the
Starbury One in half and you'll find that it is constructed the same way as
other high performance basketball sneakers."
The Mastermind Group (TMG) serves as the lead marketing agency on the
Starbury Collection under the leadership of Principal Erin Patton, formerly
director of the Jordan Brand at Nike for five years. In addition to
providing advertising, public relations, online and other marketing
services, he has been an integral member of the Starbury product
Marbury's marketing representatives, Jordan Bazant and Peter Raskin of
The Agency Management, and urban marketing agency The Run Group also played
critical roles in helping develop the Starbury Collection brand and
"We knew that if we were going to partner with Steph and help 'change
the world' with the Starbury Collection, it would require us to pool the
talents of world class experts," said Andy Todd, president of Steve &
Barry's. "Thankfully, we found them with Rocketfish, Mastermind, The
Agency, and The Run Group. Todd and Steve & Barry's Chief Partnership
Officer Howard Schacter serve as Brand Managers of the Starbury Collection.
About Stephon Marbury
Stephon Marbury grew up in the Coney Island section of Brooklyn, NY,
the sixth of seven children. Named to The Sporting News list of the "Good
Guys in Sports" in 2005, 2002 and 2001, he is a two-time NBA All-Star. He
was named the National High School Player of the Year by Parade Magazine
his senior year in 1995. After starring at Georgia Tech University, Marbury
entered the NBA in 1996. This will be his 11th season in the NBA, and his
fourth with his hometown New York Knicks.
About Steve & Barry's
Based in New York, Steve & Barry's University Sportswear is a leading
national specialty retailer offering licensed and non-licensed lifestyle
apparel for men, women and children. Founded in 1985, the company operates
anchor and junior anchor shopping center and mall-based locations
throughout the U.S. Today, the entire family can benefit from Steve &
Barry's incredible values on its full line of jeans, t-shirts, cargos,
jackets, footwear, shorts, sweatshirts, jerseys, hats, hoodies, chinos,
tanks, polos and more.
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