The late designer's Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 sneakers are going under the hammer at Sotheby's for charity

Virgil Abloh's unexpected passing has shaken the fashion world to its core. The late Louis Vuitton creative director has left quite a legacy, including his reinterpretation of the Nike “Air Force 1” which is now seen as a significant cultural symbol of our time.

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The late Louis Vuitton creative director has left a few of his creations, namely all 47 pairs of Nike “Air Force 1”, that were set to be released at the Spring-Summer 2022 show in collaboration with Nike. Each pair was crafted in the fashion house's shoe manufacture in Fiesso d’Artico, Italy.

In collaboration with Sotheby's, the maison is auctioning off 200 special edition pairs of Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh sneakers in varying sizes (from 5-18) with a starting bid of US$2,000.

There are 200 pairs made in an exclusive colourway (all of which are made in leather and decorated with Monogram and Damier patterns) which will be sold for only 14 days starting January 26.

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Each pair will be sold with a pilot case in orange Taurillion leather which is exclusive for the auction.

All of the sale's proceeds will benefit students of Black, African-American, or African descent who are pursuing education as it will be sent to The Virgil Abloh “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund.

Select individuals who inspired Abloh will receive pairs of a personalised edition of the Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh sneakers.

It is a gesture made in honour of the designer's view of the original sneaker—a symbol that Abloh held onto as he grew up embracing hip-hop heritage.


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