"TEN ICONS RECONSTRUCTED"
Okay, so, SHOUT OUT designer and DJ Virgil Abloh. He is quite the genius. In case you haven't heard, he collaborated with Nike to identify and reconstruct iconic vintage Nike and Jordan sneakers to ultimately create and share the feeling of timelessness. The Ten was introduced today in NYC at the Skylight 23 Wall Street space AKA "NIKE OFF CAMPUS," a space for the exchange of new ideas in sports and culture. I arrived bright and early to join the The Ten: A Crash Course w/ Virgil Abloh and Andy Caine moderated by Phoebe Lovatt at 11am.
Right at the entrance is a huge wall in black showing 20 sneakers. Ten of then were the "OG" sneaker right next to the reconstructed version. (heart eyes emoji)
Past the wall, there is a huge dark room full of individual and unique displays for each sneaker: The Blazer, The Nike Air VaporMax, the Nike Zoo,. Converse Chuck, Nike Air Max 97, etc. My favorite part is the way the room was lit, essentially... it wasnt. What WAS lit was each display which each sneaker which first made good content for social media but also, everyone in there with you kind of disappears and its just you and the sneaker.
As far as getting your hands on any of these sneakers if you are not of Virgil's mail list (because he sends sneakers to his friends all the time), there will be a drop on September 11th - September 18th at the Nike Lab in SoHo. In November there will be a global release and you will be able to go on Nike.com and buy them. If you have and extra $3k laying around, you can get the Air Jordan 1s right now.
These are my top 3 :D
After the exhibition, I went back to class to attend "IN CONVERSATION: "FLIGHT" & The Air Jordan 1 w/ Spike Lee, Alkali May, Doc C & Virgil Abloh.
I am not going to give it all away because you can still register for "CLASS" and the exhibition will be up until September 8th.
If you are not a sneaker head, you can still enjoy this because Virgil isn't one either. This is all about design, art, ideas, conversation, and transcending time. Thank you "Virgil".