Ahead of the 2018 Met Gala, Virgil Abloh took full advantage of his convenient access to unreleased Nike footwear. More precisely, the designer chose to officially unveil the upcoming OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 UNC.
Just like Virgil’s very first design on the silhouette, this one again draws inspiration from a classic Air Jordan 1 colorway. To clarify: “UNC” is short for “University of North Carolina”, which is Michael Jordan’s alma mater. The North Carolina Tar Heels basketball team’s uniforms famously feature Carolina Blue and White.
But of course Virgil again puts his own spin on the upcoming OFF-WHITE collab. Just like on 2017’s “Chicago” colorway, the collar overlay sports a subtle grey tone.
Orange accents then come in form of the exposed stitchings on the Swoosh, while a “OFF-WHITE for NIKE” print graces the inner sidewalls. And needless to say, the signature “AIR” and “SHOELACES” letterings also top off this design.
To still stand out at this year’s Met Gala, Virgil applied the words “FOR RED CARPET ONLY” and “ABLOH” to the midsoles of his personal pair. You can check that one out below and read on for more on the shoe’s launch.
Update May 22, 2018:
Official images for the OFF-WHITE x AJ1 UNC have appeared on several regional Nike websites from North America, Asia Pacific and the Middle East. Peep the new pics below and sign up for the raffles.
Release Details – OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 UNC (AQ0818-148)
The OFF-WHITE x Air Jordan 1 UNC releases on June 23, 2018. The colorway’s official name is “White/Cone-Dark Powder Blue”, the retail price is 180 €.
You can sign up for raffles at retailers like BSTN, END. Clothing, Foot District and Sneakersnstuff.
In other news, here’s an on-feet look at the Air Max 1 “Curry”.
Also keep it locked to our OFF-WHITE x Nike 2018 release overview.
Pics via Nike