Virgil Abloh, a visionary who changed the culture forever.
The news that Virgil Abloh passed away after fighting a battle against cancer in silence since 2019, came unexpected. Virgil was known as the founder of Off-White and creative director of Louis Vuitton. He brought streetwear into luxury fashion and forever changed the sneaker culture with his iconic Nike collaborations.
In memory of Virgil Abloh, we will take a closer look at some of his most iconic Nike collaborations.
But when did the collaboration between Abloh and Nike began? Abloh’s collaboration with Nike started back in 2017 with “The Ten” collection. “The Ten” collection celebrates 10 of Nike’s most notable sneaker designs. The Nike Air Jordan 1, Nike Air Max 90, Nike Air Presto, Nike Air VaporMax, Nike Blazer Mid, Nike Zoom Vaporfly, Nike Air Force 1 Low, Nike React Hyperdunk 2017, Nike Air Max 97 and a Converse Chuck Taylor.
As Abloh once said “It’s a post-modern idea about design, culture, innovation, and athletic performance all intertwined into one”. He wanted to make a consumer product that gives people a window into prototypes.
With “The Ten” collection Virgil was able to break many rules within the designs of all the 10 shoes and made it possible to bring new designs of the classic Nike silhouettes.
After "The Ten" collection, many Off-White x Nike collaborations followed. Let's take a closer look at some of these designs.
Nike Dunk Low x Off-White University Red, Pine Green and University Gold
In 2019 Abloh confirmed three Nike Dunk Low x Off-White colorways. The Pine Green, University Red and University Gold colorways. Abloh honors Hoops and Skateboarding legacies with this collaboration.
Jordan 5 x Off-White Black and Sail
The Jordan 5 was the first Jordan Abloh ever owned. It was also the second Jordan silhouette he added to his Nike collaborations. The Jordan 5 Off-white first released in a black colorway, inspired by the classic Jordan 5 Metallic. After the Black colorway, Abloh released also a Sail colorway.
Jordan 4 x Off-White Sail
People call this the best release of 2020 and we can see why! They were first seen in his Off-White FW2020 Women’s show and since then everyone was waiting for these to release. It’s a monochromatic masterpiece with again an iconic deconstructed design.
Nike Dunk Low x Off-White ‘The 50’
Abloh released 50 different colorways of the Dunk Low x Off-White with 'The 50' pack. Everyone was hoping for a W when the Nike Dunk low x Off-White 'The 50' released on the Nike SNKRS app earlier this year. And they didn’t released on just one day, but during a whole week.
Air Jordan 2 Low x Off-White
The Jordan 2 Low x Off-White was released not that long ago in two different colorways, the 'White Red' colorway and the 'Blue Black' colorway. The Jordan 2 Low debuted back in 1986. Did you know that it was the first sneaker to bring luxury details into a sport performance silhouette? This inspired Abloh to design his own Jordan 2 Low and pay homage to this classic design.
Which Off-White x Nike collaboration will always be your favorite?
He inspired the world and really changed the Fashion and Sneaker industry.
"REST IN POWER"