The idea behind the “New York Natives – 1996″ capsule collection was to imagine what Kith would have looked like if it had opened in 1996. The inspiration for each piece presented here comes straight from popular brands and musical influences from that era. The subject of interest to display the collection correctly is none other than legendary Brooklyn rapper AZ, a true New York Native. AZ brings us through the nostalgic lineup that takes design cues from familiar products during that time and have now been translated into a new range of apparel and accessories by Kith.

Starting off the collection are two Golden Bear varsity jackets ($400 USD), with leather sleeves on the burgundy colorway and calf nubuck sleeves on the orange. All the ribbing on both jackets are custom Navajo knits. The New York Native Washington Hooded Rugby ($125 USD) features tough fleece protection with a stitched in Indian head embroidery, a theme throughout the collection, along with Kith sport logo embroidery on the opposite arm. Bold New York Native applique is added to the front of each along with 1996 on the back. The New York Native Jefferson Striped Button-down shirt ($100 USD) is made with a medium weight cotton for durability. Sublimated print makes up the front while brown marbled buttons finish off the look. The Stanton Sweatpant ($88 USD) is an item that’s been in the works for quite sometime. Now perfected, the pant uses a heavy weight fleece fabric with a tapered slim fit and a drawstring waist for adjustment. Logo NYN Crewnecks ($95 USD) arrive with a comfortable fleece featuring the New York Native Indian print logo on the front and 1996 on the back. Key details include raglan sleeves and ribbed side gussets. Wrapping up the collection are three New York Native Starter snapbacks ($45 USD), two with matching New York Native branding on the crown in raised embroidery and with the third using the Indian logo motif.

The full collection will land at the new Kith pop-up store at 66 Bleecker Street (between Broadway and Crosby) in Manhattan, as well as at Kith Brooklyn and starting on Saturday, December 14th, 2013 at 11am EST. Due to limited availability on the collection, each customer is limited to one piece/size per product.

Each online purchase will also include a digital copy of the Kith x DJ Clark Kent “New York Natives 1996″ Mixtape featuring songs by Jay-Z, 2Pac, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, Foxy Brown, Too $hort, Nas, The Notorious B.I.G. and more.

Check out a closer look here. Photos by: Matt Miggz