Off-White and Nike have been unusually quiet this year, but that’s finally about to change with a new collaborative collection on the horizon. Virgil Abloh took to Instagram to tease a new capsule called “Dear Summer” – which he says is “a whole thing”. Frustratingly, all Abloh showed was a new box for the sneakers yet to be seen, but the noise around the collaborators could give an idea of what to expect.
Off-White’s Instagram account shared images Air Force 1’s Lemonade, which was previously worn by LeBron James at this year’s NBA All-Star Game. According to the article, the sneakers will be the shoes of the staff at Abloh’s upcoming “Figures of Speech” exhibit at the Boston Institute of Contemporary Art. While the yellow AF1s may be exclusive to the staff and anyone else that Abloh deems worthy, a suitable outing has still not been ruled out.
“It was in 2017 [when] I started designing these 10 Nike shoes, ”Abloh said on Instagram. “In my mind, these are not literal shoes, but rather sculptures, an art object in its own right made in several editions, a bit rare. They exist in a space of their own. Where the plot thickens on the design side is the portal to telling stories as vivid as a triple meaning HOV or a Jeezy ad-lib … “
The collection could also include Dunks – Even more anticipated than Off-White and Nike Air Force 1 “Lemonade” are their new Dunks collaboration, images of which have been leaking since last year. According to to reports, 50 different versions of the sneaker will be released with different Swooshes, laces and a coordinating number plate on the midsole.
50 sneakers would certainly qualify as “everything,” although reports have indicated that the Abloh Dunks won’t be released until this fall. If that’s still the case, an additional “Dear Summer” collection would mean an even bigger explosion of Off-White and Nike sneakers into the landscape.
For now, we just have to wait to confirm what really awaits the “Dear Summer” collection. And with all the options already before us, it’s hard to imagine that we’ll be disappointed.