Back in June 2021, Virgil Abloh enlisted the help of Nike for a collaboration between the sportswear brand and Louis Vuitton. Debuting at the Louis Vuitton spring/summer menswear runway, what unfolded was a collection comprising of 47 bold iterations of the iconic "Air Force 1" style. Now, almost a year has passed and the French fashion House has announced that nine of the bespoke styles will be available to shop this coming June.
Ranging from mid-tops to low-tops, priority will be given to the Louis Vuitton community in the weeks leading up to the drop, granting them first access to the pre-sale. Given that this is one of the last collections Abloh laboured over, we expect it will sell out instantly.
The collaboration fuses Louis Vuitton codes and craftsmanship with the signature motifs of Abloh and, of course, Nike's own distinct design. There's a classic white pair of "Air Force 1's" crafted from calf leather and embossed with the Louis Vuitton monogram, whereas an inversion of the style is available in black suede. Another is swathed in Abloh's visual language and colourful patchwork detailing. A handful of two-tone editions will make an appearance, coming in white splashed with either blue, red or green. Meanwhile, a metallic gold set acts as the showstopper, harking back to Abloh's first collection for Louis Vuitton. To cap it all off, there's a pair coated in the Damier print and splashed with graffiti dreamt up by artist Ghusto Leone.
As for the rest of the bespoke designs? They'll form part of an exhibition that will show at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in New York City from May 20-31.