BTS Look at the Making of Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1s
After debuting via a Sotheby's auction that fetched over $25 million in sales, the Virgil Abloh-designed Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 is set to see a full rollout later this year. The collection is nothing short of vast, consisting of 47 takes in total on the Air Force 1 Low and Air Force 1 Mid – and, with Abloh's tragic passing last November, it's become a swan song of sorts, his final (and arguably most masterful) blending of classic sportswear and street style with high-end fashion.
Ahead of the collection's rollout, Louis Vuitton has pulled back the curtain around their footwear atelier in Italy to give us a look at exactly how the shoes were made. Every step of the progress is handled by the brand's master craftsman and cobblers, from hand-sanding the last to cutting the Swooshes, stitching the midsole and touching up the toeboxes.
Out of the 47 iterations mentioned above, Louis Vuitton and Nike will release nine this June: seven low-tops and two mid-tops. A duo of colourful styles will pay homage to Virgil Abloh's famous rainbow pattern, and another style will feature metallic gold leather for a nod to his SS19 LV debut collection. There's also a graffiti-adorned pair created in partnership with artist Ghusto Leone and a patchwork pair. The most simple of the bunch are the white leather pair pictured above and a black suede iteration. Lows will be priced at €2000 and Mids at €2500, roughly $2106 and $2632 in US dollars.
Louis Vuitton will also display all 47 styles from the collection at an immersive exhibit in Brooklyn from May 20-31. We'll be there on the ground, giving you an inside look!
For a trip down memory lane, check out our Virgil Abloh cover story from Issue #44, in which he discusses entering a SF colouring contest as a child, his thoughts on footwear design and much more.