The Louis Vuitton And Nike Expression Of The “air Force 1” By Virgil Abloh
The Nike Air Force 1, celebrating its 40th year, was designed in 1982 and is one of the most successful and iconic shoes ever created. On the occasion of the Louis Vuitton Men’s Spring-Summer 2022 runway show, Virgil Abloh collaborated with Nike to design 47 pairs of bespoke Air Force 1s, fusing the trainer’s classic codes with the insignia and materials of Louis Vuitton in homage to the hip-hop culture that shaped him.
The sneakers were made with materials employed in Abloh’s Louis Vuitton men’s collections, and styled with his signature quotation marks, echoing the written graphics Abloh often used in his work. The individual styles designed for the show were made by Louis Vuitton in its shoe manufacture in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy.
A total of 200 pairs are being made available for this auction in an exclusive colorway and in a range of sizes. The sneakers, entirely made in leather, are embellished with Louis Vuitton’s emblematic Monogram and Damier patterns with natural cowhide piping. Each pair will be sold with a Louis Vuitton pilot case, also from the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2022 collection, which was reinterpreted from Maison’s archive in an iconic orange colorway and made of Monogram Taurillon Leather.
The pilot case features Louis Vuitton’s classic S lock closure in white metal finishing and includes a luggage tag in the shape of the Nike Swoosh. The pilot case adapts to every shoe size, based on an internal cushion system. It will be sold exclusively in this auction
Louis Vuitton’s proceeds from the sale* will benefit The Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, which in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund, supports the education of academically promising students of Black, African American, or African descent
In this size – 7 – only 20 pairs will be produced by Louis Vuitton. The fit is true to other Nike Air Force 1 models.
The lot is in new condition and is being manufactured concurrently with the auction. All lots are sold directly by Louis Vuitton. Due to variations in the manufacturing process as well as sizing, there may be small, immaterial differences as compared to the provided photos and display. This lot is currently scheduled to ship in the first half of 2022, but the timing is subject to change.
100% of the Hammer price is being donated by Louis Vuitton to The Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund. The Buyers Premium and Overhead Premium will be retained by Sotheby’s. No portion of the purchase price is tax-deductible.
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