Virgil Abloh’s Louis Vuitton Air Force 1 is here
News that Abloh, who was the artistic director of Louis Vuitton menswear at the time of his death late last year, will embark on production of the prestigious Nike shoe (with Vuitton as the luxury third collaborator) coming in June of this year. last, and it’s like a full circle. moment for a designer who built his Off-White brand by creating unauthorized acts of branded designer goods, which in turn infringed upon his legacy of “plagiarism” Harlem atelier Dapper Dan. These sneakers, officially known as Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh, released earlier this yearin a version of 200 pairs that sold for a record $25.3 million at auction at Sotheby’s, with proceeds going to the Abloh Black Fashion Student Scholarship Fund.
Last weekend, a mounting facility opened at Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse in Brooklyn to showcase 47 iterations of Abloh’s “Air Force 1,” his autographed quotes outperforming co-signers. organizational branding makes them essential in the first place. At the door, attendees (more than a few of them, on Monday morning, were wearing Off-White Nikes shirts) received a stream table of the 47 pairs on display. Inside the exhibition is a labyrinth of mirror and concrete structures that reflect the LED-lit floors of the cloudy blue sky. Several structures entitled Abloh-isms are illuminated: “Are you a tourist or a purist?” “Who did it first? Where do they get their ideas from? Is it new? The sneakers seem to be traversing the mirrored walls and ceiling, as if the space were an ethereal, sublime Footboard. The shoe itself will release in June, with nine iterations going to sell for a starting price of $2,750.