Klarna And Don C Collab On Kicks For The Chicago Bulls’ Mascot – Sourcing Journal

As the old saying goes, if you mess with the bull, you’ll get the horns. But in this case, you might just get a pair of kicks.

Continuing its multi-year partnership as the official shopping partner of the Chicago Bulls, Klarna collaborated with Chicago native, designer and Bulls’ creative strategy and design advisor Don C to design a special edition sneaker for mascot Benny the Bull, inspired by the team’s 2022-2023 city edition uniform. Along with Benny’s new kicks, Don’s latest Just Don basketball sneaker features a limited edition drop inspired by his creation for Benny and is available exclusively on the pay-later platform.

Don C presented his specially designed one-of-one sneakers, which were made in Chicago, to Benny at the United Center during the team’s game against the Phoenix Suns. Fans at the game could visit the Klarna Concierge on the first-level arena concourse, with the opportunity to receive a VIP prize pack, including limited edition Just Don merchandise and signed Bulls gear. Along with the Just Don basketball sneaker available only on Klarna, those who couldn’t make it to the game can enter a sweepstake on Bulls.com for a chance to win a limited-edition Don C designed shirt, also inspired by his sneakers for Benny.

“Klarna is excited to partner with Don C for this year’s Benny the Bull sneaker collaboration, where we merged his passion for the Bulls and the city of Chicago with our passion to bring one-of-a-kind experiences to fans,” David Sandstrom, chief marketing officer at Klarna, said. “We are always looking to provide more experiences to Bulls fans both in the arena and all around the world and this year we leveled up by making pairs of Benny inspired Just Don sneakers available exclusively to fans using Klarna.”

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The one-of-one sneakers were created locally in Chicago.


Benny’s high-top sneakers feature a rust-color design, reflecting the color of bridges in downtown Chicago, and hot pink elements to mirror Klarna’s well-known branding. Similarly, the Just Don sneaker available on Klarna is a high top that takes inspiration from the design of Benny’s sneakers and the legendary Michael Jordan. 

“For a kid from Chicago that grew up going to Bulls games with my dad, it’s an honor to be able to design a pair of shoes for the iconic Benny the Bull,” Don C said. “Even beyond that, I am inspired by the opportunity to work with Klarna to connect fans just like me all around the world with this beloved team through fashion.”

Embracing his love for the Bulls and the city of Chicago, Don C joined the Bulls organization as a creative strategy and design advisor in February 2022. The influential streetwear designer, born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, rose to prominence when he cofounded his conceptual retail experience space, RSVP Gallery. He continued this success by launching his own luxury sportswear brand, Just Don. Since its inception in 2011, Just Don has collaborated with Jordan, Nike, Converse, Levi’s and Mitchell & Ness.

This is the second consecutive year that the Swedish fintech company has partnered with a Chicago artist to design new shoes for the iconic mascot, having previously collaborated with Chuck Anderson. Last year, Klarna launched a multi-year partnership with the Bulls to promote Klarna’s shopping and flexible payment services to fans.

The Just Don sneaker is available for $460 at through the Klarna app and Klarna.com/us/justdon.

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