Streetwear loves collaborations, and Virgil Abloh is gearing up to deliver one of 2017’s most anticipated collaborations. Dubbed “The Ten,” Abloh joins forces with Nike for a redesign of the brand’s most popular silhouettes. It’s arguably Abloh’s most daring and creative project to date, and is shaping up to be his biggest career highlight and major personal accomplishment thus far.
This isn’t Abloh’s first team up with Nike though, and definitely not the first collaboration for his brand OFF-WHITE. The Chicago designer has worked with many popular brands and well-known designers throughout his career including Ronnie Fieg, Hiroshi Fujiwara, Vans, Umbro, and more. As we get hype and prepare for the release of “The Ten,” let’s take a look at “the ten” best collaborations of Abloh’s career so far.
KITH x OFF-WHITE “OFF-PALETTE” Collection
In 2017, Abloh’s OFF-WHITE and Ronnie Fieg’s KITH gave fans the “best of both streetwear worlds” for a collaborative capsule collection dubbed “OFF-PALETTE.” The project merged recognizable OFF-WHITE graphics with KITH’s signature tan-and-apricot color scheme on a range of hoodies, crewnecks and tees, and even a co-branded hiking boot designed by Fieg.
If you’re a fan of both brands, kill two birds with one shirt with this collection.
Virgil Abloh x Nike Air Force 1 (Sample)
If Abloh’s “The Ten” collection is the main course, his black Air Force 1 sample is a delicious appetizer. Earlier this year, the Chicago designer cooked up around a dozen versions of this shoe for OFF-WHITE staff, as well as friends and family. Staying on brand with his signature deconstructed look, the Air Force 1 features a slightly altered metallic Swoosh with exposed stitching, an “AIR” logo and white “SHOELACES.”
The design isn’t as grand as the “The Ten,” but served as a great starting point to a promising relationship between “Air” Abloh and Nike.
VLONE x OFF-WHITE Sweatsuit Collection
In one of Abloh’s best art installations to date, OFF-WHITE teamed up with A$AP Bari’s VLONE for a collection of sweatsuits. Adorned in VLONE’s signature orange and black color scheme, you’ll find each long-sleeve pullover and track pant comprised of branded logos that fans can’t get enough of. However, the true standout is the collection’s “Hoops Dreams” installation that won over Art Basel in 2016.
Created by artist John Margaritis and shot by Akhil Sesh, the VLONE x OFF-WHITE editorial was a visual art piece bringing much hype and endless Tumblr reposts.
OFF-WHITE x Moncler Outerwear
This striking collaboration fuses Abloh’s signature use of color, pattern, and streetwear-inspired graphics with Moncler’s high-end technical outerwear. The five-piece capsule collection contains a windbreaker, a paneled pullover, a lightweight puffer jacket, a cotton T-shirt and a baseball hat all featuring signature co-branded logos. Abloh was able to successfully apply a different range of fabrics, and the technical ability, to make stylish garments so you can look stylish in the winter, but stay warm doing so.
Vans x OFF-WHITE “BLANK CANVAS” Sneaker
Move over Nike, Vans also want a piece of OFF-WHITE. Abloh revealed his iteration of what looks to be the Vans Ball SF called “BLANK CANVAS” during his SS18 runway show. Featuring a leather side stripe and toecap on a monochrome colorway, the sneaker is riddled with OFF-WHITE’s signature logos including the popular “OFF”, as well as the arrowed cross symbol.
There’s no official release date as of the sneaker yet, but the “BLANK CANVAS” is building up hype as more images hit the web. Prepare for these to sell fast.
Umbro x OFF-White “Coach” Sneaker
The partnership between Abloh and British sportswear powerhouse Umbro offered plenty of dual-branded apparel, featured on gingham and pinstriped fabrics with heavy punk-inspired patchwork. However, the true standout was the collaborative sneaker. A classic Umbro silhouette, the “Coach” was reimagined with premium leather, additional stitching, and the OFF-WHITE logo equipped on the heel. It’s the cherry on top of what is a fantastic collection.
SSENSE x OFF-WHITE “Before and After” Collection
In 2015, SSENSE and OFF-WHITE butted heads for the “BEFORE AND AFTER” collection. The unisex project featured a range of all-white apparel and accessories that were subtly tie-dyed with orange, red, blue and purple. The kicker: no two pieces are exactly the same due to the unique dyeing process. This gives every piece a more exclusive appeal being one of one.
Levi’s Made & Crafted x OFF-WHITE Collection
Destroyed denim is on full display in OFF-WHITE and Levi’s Made & Crafted series. Comprised of 10 pieces (Abloh really loves the number 10), the capsule focuses on the denim trucker jacket, reinterpreted by Abloh with bold color blocking. The distressed jean bottoms also featured zip details and prominent wear-and-tear for a destroyed aesthetic. It’s contemporary streetwear in a way that pays homage to Levi’s heritage and also highlights superior construction, bold colors, and quality materials Abloh is becoming known for.
fragment design x OFF-WHITE “FLUO” Collection
OFF-WHITE’s signature diagonal lines clashed with icon Hiroshi Fujiwara’s double lightning bolt in a 2016 collection donned “FLUO.” The offering included hoodies, T-shirts, shorts, socks, lightweight synthetic bags and handkerchiefs drenched in fluorescent yellow and monochromatic colors.
Nike’s “The Ten” Sneakers
Last but not least is Abloh’s upcoming “The Ten” collection with Nike. Taking his “deconstructive” design to the max, Abloh was allowed to tear apart and rebuild some of Nike’s most iconic running and basketball silhouettes. From the Nike Blazer, to the Air Max 97, to the Air Jordan 1, all have been altered, re-stitched, and re-layered for a one-of-a-kind collection you definitely want to get your hands on this fall.
For a more in-depth look at Virgil Abloh’s upcoming Nike “The Ten” sneakers, be sure to check out which ones we think are the best and worst.
- Words by: Kyle Hodge