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Jonathan Koon & Highstreet Team Up For Partnership That Transforms Retail Shopping into a Metaverse Onboarding Experience

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Jonathan Koon, entrepreneur, artist and founder of luxury fashion brand Mostly Heard Rarely Seen 8-Bit, teamed up with Highstreet, the leading retail-focused web3 metaverse, to launch a one-of-a-kind experience that uses the traditional fashion retail experience to transport shoppers into the metaverse. This partnership between Highstreet and Koon will act as a bridge that aims to achieve a holy grail in the metaverse world: to seamlessly guide the crypto-unfamiliar customer base of the world’s leading fashion retailers into the web3 metaverse, the companies said.

Every Mostly Heard Rarely Seen 8-Bit physical garment in its latest collection is embedded with a redeemable NFT.  To redeem the NFT, Highstreet infused a key into every 8-Bit garment in this drop via a QR code sewn into the garment.  By scanning this code, the user is taken through a few steps that in minutes will digitally clone the shopper along with their purchased 8-Bit apparel into the Highstreet metaverse. Once in Highstreet, users will be granted $HIGH tokens, the native currency of the Highstreet metaverse, to hit the ground running so they can start to explore the exclusive experiences in the digital world. Shoppers can also establish a permanent record of their ownership of this drop by minting their apparel into NFT’s, establishing a provenance behind this drop, and giving access to resale markets in the digital world from OpenSea to LooksRare.

“Just like how Supreme is a lifestyle brand that represents the perspective of a skateboarder from downtown New York; 8-Bit is a lifestyle brand that represents the perspective of a modern day tech kid,” said Koon

“With this launch, we aim to welcome more traditional, non-blockchain consumers to the web3 world. To allow consumers to experience the energy and new possibilities in web3 culture, without needing to already possess the complex knowledge of navigating web3 tech. Today, department stores around the world become the key that opens the doors to the Highstreet metaverse. Every step of the process is based on something we all already do: buying physical products we already love,” said Jenny Guo, co-founder of Highstreet.

The 8-Bit “phygital” experience will launch at top department stores and designer boutiques worldwide such as Sak’s 5th Ave, Neiman Marcus, Selfridges, Harvey Nichols, Beymen and more who will all carry the line in-stores and on e-commerce.  This initial unique offering will single-handedly channel thousands of traditional fashion consumers directly into the Metaverse.  The apparel is priced between $120 – $275, and will soon launch limited edition collaborations with other brands, celebrities, and cult following NFT creators.