It’s not every day you run into a Boxing Legend in the streets of Philadelphia. Last week we had the opportunity to link up with one of Philadelphia’s most well-known blue collar athletes that has ever step foot in the ring. Throughout his life Bernard Hopkins worked his way up from his infamous gritty past and rose from the ashes of letdowns to become one of boxing’s most prolific middleweight fighters.
Our day began in the Northern Liberties area of Philadelphia, Café La Maude, Bernard’s favorite brunch spot in the city. The moment we sat down with him we instantly felt his warm and welcoming vibe. As customers walked in and out of the busy restaurant, the owner of Café La Maude gave Bernard a family like greeting and instantly drew up on Bernard’s order. Throughout our entire brunch, fans took the opportunity to get a picture with the living legend as he easily inclined with no hesitation.
One of the coolest things that we learned about Bernard during our time with him was how infectious his persona was and how easily he could draw up a conversation.
After lunch, we decided to hit the streets and head our way back to UBIQ where he surprisingly let us drive his Rolls- Royce. Words cannot describe the infinite vibe of simplicity and classiness that Bernard applied that day. The moment he walked into UBIQ, Bernard shared with us his taste in fashion. Whether he’s dressing up or casually dressed down, Bernard always envisions a sense of class.
As Bernard walked up to the second floor showroom we didn’t know what to expect from his reaction to our most recent collaborations with another timeless legend in Diadora. For a moment, time froze as Bernard and the N.9000 greeted each other. Bernard was a true example of what our collaboration stood for in the hard working workers in Italy and the blue collar citizens of Philadelphia. If there was any value that we took from this day, it’s that we were witnesses to the accomplishments of hard work right in front of our eyes.