In celebration of the soon-to-be-released Nike for Louis Vuitton collection, the French fashion house has created an immersive exhibition showcasing 47 bespoke Air Force 1’s created by the late Virgil Abloh. The exhibition features a magical treehouse symbolic of Virgil’s childhood dreams, a floor made of lights that creates atmospheric cloud patterns, and mirrored monogrammed walls. Throughout the space, questions often posed by the once-in-a-generation designer can be found, include: “Are you a tourist or a purist?” “What is myth and what is reality?” and “Who did it first? Where did they get the idea? Is it new?”
Originally designed by Nike in 1982, the “Air Force 1” by Louis Vuitton collaboration marks the first time the sneaker has been crafted outside of a Nike factory. Manufactured at the Maison in Fiesso d’Artico, Venice, Italy, each design fuses the sneaker’s original codes with the Maison’s finest leather, materials, and insignia of Louis Vuitton. Each pair is displayed in physical and virtual form through a 3D hologram of each “Air Force 1” style. Nine versions of the 47 will be created and sold in June.
Photos: Courtesy of Louis Vuitton
The exhibition is open to the public and runs from May 21st-31st, 2022 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse at 73 West Street in Brooklyn. It is free to attend and open daily from 10am-9pm.