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Wishlist: Air Jordan Future "Deep Burgundy"

When the Air Jordan Future first caught my eye, I was pretty darn sure that I'd need a pair added to my collection and, it seems, many of you have felt the same as Jordan Brand releases yet another colorway of the popular shoe. This Fall, the design geniuses in Beaverton will unleash the Air Jordan Future "Deep Burgundy" version of the AJ11-inspired lifestyle shoe complete with an entirely synthetic upper decked in burgundy and gold weaving (!!!).

The “Deep Burgundy” AJ Future "Deep Burgundy" is already available via select Jordan Brand retailers and sneaker boutiques (*cough*Sneaker Politics*cough*) ringing in at $150 USD.

Me likey. Me likey, a lot.

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Coming Attractions: Air Jordan 11 Retro Low “Concord”

Ahem. So, the house that Tinker and Michael built continues to churn out goodies for our consumption. One of those goodies happens to come in this weekend's return of the AJ 11 "Concord" Low. The low rendition of the popular silhouette (did you miss our last CNK feature's obsession with the shoe?) comes back after the it's last retro showing in 2011 and bring back the white upper/signature patent leather panel.

I'm also eyeing these icy blue soles. Aren't you?

The Air Jordan 11 Retro Low “Concord” will be available THIS Saturday (May 3rd) via the Nike online shop and select Jumpman retailers.

CNK: Air Jordan 1 KO "Royal"

Looks like Jordan brand decided to throw in another doozy following last week's release of the AJ 1 Retro "Chicago" KO High. The newly previewed Air Jordan 1 KO “Royal” will probably cause a similar stir as Jordan Flight Club releases first images of the Fall AJKO.

Does this land on your 2014 kicks you must cop list? Let us know in the c-section and stay tuned for more deets and more pics as they become available.

Chicks N' Kicks: Maggie Noël | Air Jordan 3 Retro

Photos: Jason Sanders of WMS PhotographyVideo/Editing: Jason Sanders of WMS Media Location: Top Golf - Dallas

Name: Maggie Noël Age: 25 Location: Houston, TX Occupation: Owner of Maggie’s School of Golf and Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Services Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 3 Retro, Black Cement Website/Contact: Twitter: @ShePlaysGolf IG: @ShePlaysGolf

As CNKs first featured athlete, Maggie Noël gives us more than enough 'I am woman, hear me roar' material and, at just 25-years old, the LPGA Pro turned instructor is making the most of every bit of her perfect swing. After winning Texas' State Am, Maggie opted to put her clubs to another use by starting her very own Golf School, establishing a pro residency at one of the country's growing golf franchises, building her clientle, and lending her business saavy to a establish a tax services company.

Good golly Ms. Maggie!

In between her daily hustle and bustle, Maggie took some time to chat with Chan-Lo about her golf goals, her handicap, the advantages of dating a golfer (hint: she won't let you win, fellas), and why building a brand is a full-time business.

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CL: We know golf is a sport that has gained quite a following due to new influences and an unspeakable amount of progress. As a professional in this industry, what was the trigger that made you so eager to pursue golf as a career?

MN: I pursued playing golf as a career after taking a break from it after college because I wanted to give it another shot. I have been playing since I was 6 years old so I wanted to use my 19 years of expertise and actually try to make a living out of it. What triggered my instructional career was my natural ability to relay the message in way that my clients understood for both juniors and adults. Not to mention, there are not many female instructors and none that identify with a minority the way that I do.

CL: What has been your greatest golf accomplishment? Greatest disappointment?

MN: My greatest accomplishment would be winning the Texas Women’s State Am soon after returning from my year break. That opened up so many doors and opportunities for me on the Professional side. My biggest disappointment would have to be developing the anxiety disorder that made my game tumble during my freshman year in college. However, I feel like it is part of my story and is what directed me towards my ultimate purpose which is instructing.

CL: People might not know that you’re also extremely well versed as a businesswoman. Talk a little bit about what that’s meant for your professional brand.

MN: I graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor in Science in Business Administration because my original goal was to play golf on the LPGA Tour however, but have a business degree as a backup. But now, they are both playing a significant role in my life since I teach golf and run my own School of Golf. My school is a business. Not to mention I am also a new Franchise Owner of Colbert/Ball Tax Service opening up this Tax Season so I am getting my office and team ready for that now.

CL: Before I forget, a few of your fans have been asking for an answer to two questions: first, would you let a guy beat you on a golfing date? And second, what is your handicap?

MN: 1. NO! Fair game. LOL! He better bring it! I’m kidding, I won’t beat him too bad. I’d practice my sportsmanship core value from the first tee. 2. My last recorded handicap was a scratch even.

CL: LOL. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, fill in the blank: I am most comfortable when _______________.

MN: When I have my favorite Pandora station playing (Dwele) and a nice little (BIG) glass of Merlot.

CL: Walk us through a typical day with Maggie.

MN: My day typically starts around 6:30 every morning. I take my dogs out for a little walk, make myself a cup of English Style Tea, check my calendar for the day to see what my lessons look like, make sure all of my emails are replied to and dates for lessons are set, conduct my lessons, then make it back home to my kids. On an easy day, I try to get errands done, do a little shopping, work out, and maybe take my dogs to the dog park.

CL: I love that you’ve made it a point to turn your talent into a legitimate money-maker. Where do you see your work going in the next few years?

MN: I can see myself having my own standing Golf School. TopGolf is and has been a great medium to attract my current and growing clientele and has made me very accessible. One day, I would like to be more exclusive and have my own facility where I have a teaching team that teaches my methods.

CL: Obviously we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

MN: My favorite would be my Christmas Green Lebrons, my Cool Greys, and my 3’s

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

MN: Maggie’s School of Golf is an operating business growing very fast geared and tailored to meet everyone’s level of experience. Hip and effective instruction where you have a great time learning the game of golf. If you are in the Houston area and interested in private lessons, joining my ladies clinic, or corporate group clinics, you can email me at Maggie.Noel@topgolf.com!

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Chicks N' Kicks: Jonnell Chavez | AJ 13 Retro CDP.

Name: Jonnell ChavezAge: 25 Location: Formerly Triple D, Now West Coast Steezin’ Occupation: Designer x Creator x Graphic Artist Kicks Shown: Air Jordan 13 Retro CDP Website/Contact: www.JONNELLCHAVEZ.com | create@jonnellchavez.com

Despite her tiny frame (she's 5'2") Jonnell Chavez is nothing to take lightly. Self-described as "sexy with a dash of ratchet," the half latina beauty has not only become a design heavyweight in the male dominated graphic arts field (you might recognize her work from Draya Michele's 'FINE ASS GIRLS' campaign) but she's also beginning to take her design talents to that clothing game with the release of a small collection of items that have created quite a buzz...inside and outside of the Mary Jane crowd.

We sat down with Jonnell to talk motivation, inspiration and 'Ratchet Season' all while she rocked a mean pair of AJ 13's.

CL: For those who may not be familiar, tell us a bit about Jonnell Chavez.

JC: An artist and designer. A bit outside the box and non-traditional. I’m weird… I embrace my weirdness… it works for me.

CL: One has to be quite the creative personality to do what you do. Talk to us about how you got into the design game and how it’s changed, for you, as your business has grown from infancy.

JC: I fell into it actually. Originally I wanted to pursue audio engineering, however, I took an instant love once exposed to design. That was many moons ago…when I was designing flyers for $45.00.

Design is constantly evolving, as am I. I have recently made a shift to move away from designing nightlife flyers to focus more on business branding such as logos, packaging, websites, etc. You can see by visiting my website =) jonnellchavez.com

CL: LOL! There goes that branding! You’ve really had a hand in creating a number of eye-catching designs. Which would you say was a design that has helped put a stamp on who you are as a creative eye?

JC: I think my design style period is what has captured people. It’s feminine yet, not super frilly and girly. Recently, what really solidified things was designing the FINE ASS GIRLS street wear brand for Draya Michele of Basketball Wives.

CL: Websites, logos, full-scale graphics – you pretty much do it all. Why did you decide to go into business for yourself instead of taking your talents elsewhere?

JC: Welp, design is the only thing I have stuck with in life. I got fired or quit every job I had before so one day I said, "I’m just do this from home, it’s got to work," and it worked! It took a lot of prayer and patience, though.

CL: Finish this sentence – “My personal style is ____________.”

JC: Street Chic. Sexy with a dash of ratchet. Hence, the name for my line's second collection, 'Ratchet Season.'

CL: Speaking of your line, even with the number of clients you’ve generated as a graphic artist, you’ve still managed to start your own line of apparel. How did that come about?

JC: I originally designed and started planning at the top of last year, but my designs were too intricate so I pushed it to the side. One day, I woke up and said, "It’s now or never. I have to do this." I just made the switch from doing 48-hour projects [for my graphic design company] to five day turnarounds or more so that both businesses can run smoothly.

CL: I loved your take on The-Dream’s hit with your “Dope Bish” tee as well as your simple take on the Mary Jane/Bandana combination crew. It seems as if music might play a role in your creativity when it comes to your graphics for the line. Would that be a correct assumption?

If so, how much inspiration comes from certain songs?

JC: Thank you! Music does play a role in my designs, however, I didn’t even know The-Dream had a song titled "Dope Bish" until, like, a month ago. LOL!

My next collection, 'Ratchet Season,' has been inspired from everything we deem ratchet from the early 90’s. I love playing with bandanna prints, gold...the whole west coast vibe [is an inspiration]. I have an entire 'Ratchet Season' playlist on Spotify that consists of all music that inspired this collection. There is a lot of Tupac on there. He was a real G. Ha!

CL: You're getting ahead of me again! Seeing as how you’ve just made a big move to Los Angeles, what can we expect from you in the next few months?

JC: AHHHH and it’s been the most hectic move ever, but well worth it! I will be releasing 'Ratchet Season' at the top of April and I expect to drop a few exclusive items as well that will be available on JonnellChavez.com.

My creative studio will be expanding with the addition of four new creative minds, so that’s something I'm looking forward to!

CL: Obviously, we love sneakers. What are a few of your favorite pairs to rock?

JC: Chucks, of course! LOL! any color is cool long as they are still G and not cheesy. I also love Nike Dunks. I think those are really cute if worn the right way.

*Writer's Note: Jonnell was originally supposed to rock a custom pair of Chuck's in our shoot, but they we uncompleted as of our call time.

CL: Anything else you’d like our readers to know?

JC: Just a reminder that 'Ratchet Season' will be out at the top of April! Visit my website JONNELLCHAVEZ.com and follow me on my social networks! You can find me on twitter, IG and Tumblr @JonnellChavez.

Thank you so much!

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Photo/Graphics: Jason Sanders of WMS Photography Make-Up: Jamie Dionne Shirt: 'Ratchet Season' by Jonnell Chavez - Coming Spring 2013.