Virgil Abloh may have been feeling reminiscent while watching ESPN’s Michael Jordan docu-series, The Last Dance, when he shared a shot of the very first Off-White™ x Nike Air Jordan 1 sample on Sunday night.
The image, which Abloh shared to his Instagram, shows an off-the-shelf pair of all-white Air Jordan 1s that Abloh deconstructed using an X-Acto knife. The designer captioned the photo: “there was a time when getting Michael Jordan’s autograph was a major life goal… an exacto knife and this off the shelf pair of Jordan 1’s and The Ten came to fruition. this is the exact pair that kicked off an epiphany.”
The image is from 2016 and the sneaker laid the groundwork for one of the most radical approaches to sneaker collaborations we’ve ever seen. Abloh and Nike combined on a collection of ten collaborative sneakers in late 2017, which has now extended over two years and comprises well over thirty pairs of sneakers.
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