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The Jordan Brand Flight 23 Opening Ceremony

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NYC’s bustling 34th street was quite a bit busier than normal this morning: hundreds of Jordan Brand devotees lined the block, DJ Envy of Power 105 fame was blasting tunes, and celebrities darted about all in anticipation of the grand opening of the Jordan Brand Flight 23 store. For the uninitiated: the store, created in partnership with Footaction, is a one of a kind space that marks Jordan Brand’s first ever foray into a dedicated retail spot here in North America. Needless to say, that kind of event is bound to draw a crowd thanks to the rich history Jordan Brand has not only in the world of sneakers but also specifically in the Big Apple.

And so hundreds waited for the ribbon cutting ceremony that would mark the official opening of the Jordan Brand Flight 23 store. Even the actual ribbon cutting had some MJ flavor to it; in place of your traditional red ribbon was a jumbo-sized elephant print shoe lace that was “untied” rather than cut. Once that was out of the way the massive amounts of eager sneaker devotees and celebrity friends of the brand like Spike Lee begin to trickle into the spot, and the Brooklyn-born actor/director participated in the official ceremony with Jordan Brand President Larry Miller and Footaction President and CEO Jake Jacobs. Continue reading for an exclusive set of photos from the opening ceremony for the Jordan Brand Flight 23 store and watch for an inside look at Jordan Brand’s new retail location right here on Sneaker News soon.

Jordan Brand Flight 23 is located on 225 W 34 St. in Midtown Manhattan.

Above: The line of sneakerheads started at the store and reached the end of the block. Some had camped out since yesterday morning.

Above: Jordan Brand President Larry Miller welcomes the crowd and media.

Above: Larry Miller, Jake Jacobs, and Spike Lee partake in the ceremonial “untying” of the ribbon.

Above: A closer look at the ribbon, adorned with over-sized elephant print.

Above: A welcome letter from Flight 23, detailing what products would be available for purchase.

Above: Almost time to open: those first in line are ready to experience Flight 23.

Above: Got his: One consumer went all out and reached the max by buying three pairs.