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Fashion Designer Kicks Off Black History Month In Style to Honor Baseball’s Most Decorated Athletes

(Los Angeles, CA) — In celebration of Black History and the 90th anniversary of the first Negro National League established on February 14, 1920 by legendary sports entrepreneur and civil rights pioneer, Andrew "Rube" Foster, celebrity fashion designer—Mychael Darwin, best known for creating the world’s most luxurious themed all-leather jackets for the world’s best athletes and popular celebrities has launched a new commemorative Negro League baseball jacket collection.

Designer Mychael Darwin is known for popularizing Negro League Baseball jackets in the 90’s when African American actors such as Charles Dutton from the hit TV show "Roc" regularly wore Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League Jackets on the series. Viewers started the demand for his jackets by calling the show’s costume manager and studio non-stop after each seeing a new team jacket on each episode.

The craze continued when Mychael Darwin’s Authentic Kansas City Monarchs baseball jacket design was commissioned by the Negro League Baseball Museum to be worn by Hall of Famer Buck O’Neil for a prestigious commemorative oil painting that still hangs there today.

Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League Baseball Jackets have been heralded by the Greats of Baseball, including Mrs. Rachel Jackie Robinson. Mrs. Robinson selected Mychael Darwin to design a special limited edition jacket for Major League Baseball’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s historic breaking of the "Whites Only" color barrier in 1947.

""Nearly a century later, we can still see the positive impact that Andre "Rube" Foster and the first Negro National Leagues had on the civil rights movement, sports and the moral fabric of American society at-large," said designer Mychael Darwin. "With this new collection, I wanted to tell the story of the great heroes of baseball, their bravery and their unmatched athleticism through an iconic sportswear collection like none other in the world."

For the next 10 months, each month a new jacket design from the Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League Jacket Collection will be issued and released for sale. The first jacket to be released starts with a tribute to the home team of Andrew "Rube" Foster, the famous 1925 Chicago American Giants. The 1925 Chicago American Giants replica jacket is handmade in the Mychael Darwin Studios of Los Angeles and meticulously crafted. Each finished jacket is a historical yet modern fashion statement depicting rich African American heritage and the spirit of each of the legendary players of the Negro Leagues, which helped to catapult so many Black baseball athletes to center-stage with offers to integrate into the major leagues.

Each Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League team jacket comes in three different offerings to fit every budget.

* The "Signature" Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League Chicago American Giants Jacket: Made of all Italian butter-soft leather, with a pure 100% silk lining and custom Mychael Darwin signature precious metal, solid .925 sterling silver buttons. This handsome jacket comes personalized with custom embroidery, and a certificate of authenticity. Retails for $2,500.

For more modest budgets:

* The "Classic" Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League Chicago American Giants Jacket: For the distinguished gentleman and sports enthusiast, a stunningly beautiful replication of the original in a Leather and 100% Cashmere combination, 100% silk lining, and custom .925 sterling silver Mychael Darwin buttons. Retails for $1,200.

For the New Economy budget-minded, looking for style and lasting value:

* The "Virgin" Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League Chicago American Giants Jacket: This 100%, all-virgin wool authentic jacket provides understated modernism for the hardcore baseball fan and is easy on the eyes and the wallet. Each jacket is complimented by a 100% silk lining, and custom nickel-plated Mychael Darwin accent buttons. This jacket retails for only $350 with the option to personalize for an added and memorable touch.

The collection kicks off just in time for Valentine’s Day orders for that special someone. Customers can mention the code: LOVE and receive free domestic shipping, free handling and perhaps best of all—Mychael Darwin’s Signature Couture Gift-wrapping for free (a $100 value). Each jacket is sent with unique memorabilia influenced packaging and decorated décor for a truly one-of-a-kind gift experience.

Jackets from the Mychael Darwin Authentic Negro League collection are available by special order only by calling 1.877.MYCHAEL. For more information go to: www.MychaelDarwin.com and click "ATHLETIC COUTURE."

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About Mychael Darwin

Designer Mychael Darwin is best known for creating one-of-a-kind unique custom leather themed jackets. He has designed for mega athletes such as Michael Jordan, Ken Griffey Jr., Hideo Nomo, legendary hall of famer "Buck" O'Neil, and Heisman Trophy winner Johnny "the Jet" Rodgers, to name a few. His clientele also include Oscar-winning actors such as Jaime Foxx to Hollywood sirens like Demi Moore and high profile world leaders such as President Bill Clinton. Mychael Darwin has worked with some of the most prestigious design luminaries in the world including legendary men’s wear designer Bijan and women’s couture designer Kevan Hall—a Red Carpet favorite amongst the Hollywood elite.

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