Virgil Abloh’s time as Louis Vuitton’s Men’s Artistic Director necessitated collaboration with sportswear brands, and it only made sense that he did so. Virgil Abloh, the late designer of the elusive Louis Vuitton Nike Air Force 1 by Virgil Abloh, had a strong streetwear background and an impressive Nike (NYSE: NKE +0.58 percent) catalog through his Off-WhiteTM label. Even more excitingly, we’ve been given a sneak peek at how these shoes were made by the French brand as the collection grows.
In a stunning image gallery, Louis Vuitton has shown how to make a white monogram version of the iconic shoes. The premium calf leather uppers and the various parts that make them up, as well as how they were put together, are all shown in great detail in these close-ups. The full video is available here.
Earlier this year, the high-fashion imprint worked with Sotheby’s to launch the first colorway, and in June, it plans to add nine more variations to its collection. The collection will include two mid-cut styles and seven low-top options. Also included are two-toned styles that pay homage to Abloh’s rainbow motif, such as the white Monogram and black suede Monogram installments Also included in this collection are a metallic gold version, a patchwork makeup version, and a Damier edition with a graffiti theme created by artist Ghusto Leone. The mids will cost €2,500 (approximately $2609 USD) and the lows will cost €2000 (approximately $2609 USD).
From the 20th to the 31st of May, Louis Vuitton will open an immersive experience in New York City featuring all 47 of Virgil Abloh’s Air Force 1 concepts. The event will take place at the same time as a number of related art installations in New York City.
Take a look at the upcoming colorways up close and personal here.