Louis Vuitton Meets Nike in Virgil Abloh’s Dream Sneaker

The Air Force 1, manufactured in Italy, will be unveiled in a new installation in Brooklyn. It was one of the designer’s final projects before his death.

Over the years, Virgil Abloh approached his work with Nike as something slightly different than a straightforward collaborator. He was a tinkerer. A nudger. A questioner. Often his ideas verged on the raw: What if you punch holes in the sneaker? What can we print on it? What if we rendered the invisible parts of construction visible?

In this way, Mr. Abloh’s designs for Nike were the most literal exposition of his “3 percent” approach to innovation: gentle perspective shifts that ended up seismic,

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