Craig Hughes – Founder
Born in the ’80s, fell in love with basketball in the ’90s.
I just wanted something to exist in today’s world that shows off old school basketball but more importantly uses it as a way of trying to increase participation in the sport within the UK.
A little bit about me:
• Favourite NBA team – New York Knicks
• Level 2 Qualified Basketball Coach
• I’m all for pineapple on pizza
Some of the inspirations behind Chain Net Apparel:
• 90’s NBA (Uniforms, All-Star Weekend, Music Videos, Trading Cards, Kicks, Hairstyles, NBA Jam, NBA Live ’95, Slam Dunk Newspaper, SLAM Magazine)
• 90’s Hip Hop
• White Men Can’t Jump
• Yo MTV Raps
• Spike Lee Joints
• Above The Rim
Then of course there are chain nets. More common on outdoor courts back in the day, however you can still find these hanging from hoops all over the world. Some prefer the sound of a chain net over classic nylon but whatever your preference chain nets complement the aesthetic of a basketball court and this is a side of basketball I am striving to show you.
For more on brand accomplishments check the About Us page.
Ashley Hamilton – Forward (Brand Rep)
It’s always been a work in progress to work with some of the top pros in the UK however it had to be the right fit for both Chain Net Apparel and the Athlete.
On speaking to Ashley for several months whether it be about Basketball or anything else we both thought it made sense to link up and try and push things forward.
It’s genuinely a real honour and pleasure to have Ashley’s support, one of the main reasons we felt this would work was that we both want to see and be part of improving Basketball in the UK.
Currently a Forward for Plymouth Raiders, Ashley has had stints in Italy, Ukraine, Greece & Spain. Also if you’re from the UK and you’re reading you can also feel some pride knowing that Ashley also represents Team GB.
One of the most popular players in the BBL and a regular in the All-Star 5, respect to Ash for what he has done, what he does and what he continues to do.
Close friends for 30+ years I honestly can’t thank Rich enough for not only building the website but also keeping it ticking over when there are technical problems. Something I really wanted to get away from was taking payments through DM, Rich offered to help and took care of everything from making sure the site was compatible on all devices to customers receiving confirmation e-mails after a purchase.
Tom has played a big part in bolstering the branding for Chain Net Apparel. We grew up playing hoops together so Tom understands the old school and exactly what it is Chain Net Apparel is trying to achieve. Most of the designs Tom has put together have unsurprisingly sold out, his designs include the 1st & 2nd Anniversary tees, the 2 The Hoop tee (currently pending) the Chain Net logo and last but not least the Black Curriculum tee (see the About page for more)
I showed Charley a small handful of images to give her an idea of the type of thing I was looking for and from there she ran with it and knew exactly what to do. We have met at some courts in Portsmouth to take photos and Charley has been amazing at capturing the essence of Chain Net Apparel through the lens.
There are so many people to thank who have helped the brand along the way, in particular my family & friends who have encouraged me to keep pushing.
As always I want to thank anyone who has offered support no matter how small. This could be interacting through social media, buying products, telling your friends about the brand, leaving reviews etc. None of this goes unnoticed so at every opportunity, I’d like to pass on my thanks.