For Indiv’s latest edition of Laced Up, we took to the The Hospital Club in Covent Garden, where I hosted a panel discussion with Magdi Fernandes, Jessica Skye and Kish Kash!

Magdi Fernandes is a photographer and videographer based in London, and after collecting countless sneakers for years, he opened the legendary Slammin Kicks store on Beak Street in Central London. Its successful 5 year run ended back in ’07, but not before it saw the likes Mos Def and Kanye West cross it’s threshold.  Do not despair! SK will soon come back to life as the first ever live sneaker auction, and we cannot wait. Hailing from North London via Aylesbury, radio dj and collector Kish Kash’s love for hiphop and football is what brought him into the sneaker world.  He now  globally consults for brands and stores, and has a wealth of knowledge, which he shared at Laced Up. Lastly, but by no means least, Jessica Skye, an avid yogi who loves footwear, pursued her dreams of bringing a modern approach to the ancient art and science of yoga for the next generation, and Fat Buddha Yoga was born. Jessica was eventually picked up by the Nike radar and  is now one of Nike’s lead trainers and ambassadors!

The expert panelists and I discussed the ever-expanding growth of the sneaker industry, or on the opposite site of the spectrum, it’s lack of progress – voiced by some members of the community. Needless to say, it got quite intense at some points, and audience participation was in full affect. After a great debate we got a chance to shake a leg and enjoy entertainment from musician Clement Marfo, as well as DJ Phrh, who played into the night. If you managed to attend, let us know your thoughts as i’m already working on the next one. Thanks for your support so far, and I’ll see y’all then!

Nigel