Rooted in his love for basketball, Riccardo Tisci’s Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection allows the fashion designer to reminisce his formidable years as an adolescent in Italy. Though now the creative director for the iconic fashion house GIVENCHY, the athlete in Tisci knew exactly how to tackle the challenge of merging two very different elements – sportswear functionality and high fashion details – into one. And the results are quite apparent, with all four models featuring premium smooth leather upper, luxurious tumbled leather Swoosh and Grosgrain web binding as reference to the AF1’s history. Details such as the additions of heat-pressed TPU no-sew tongues and heel panels in synthetic suede, along with screen printed foxing stripes and sockliner’s debossed gold logos, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection is a grand testament on how luxury sportswear should be.
Available as the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Lo, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Mid, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Hi and finally the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Boot, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection in White will be available later today at Nike 151 Wooster, Nike Sportswear 21 Mercer, DOVER STREET MARKET New York, DOVER STREET MARKET London and DOVER STREET MARKET Ginza. The collection will also be available via 1948 London, Nike Stadium Milan, X158 Shanghai and select retailers worldwide. In the meantime, the Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Collection in Black later this year in May.
Release Date: March 21. 2014 (Today!)
Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Lo reimagines the shoe that changed basketball footwear forever — a bestselling masterpiece that shocked audiences on its 1982 introduction with its pivot-point outsole, full-length Nike Air engineered for the court, and unique shape. Released in thousands of colorways, the crisp look of the Air Force 1 at its finest is celebrated here with a difference — familiarity subverted in reverential but rebellious style.
Nike + R.T. Air Force 1 Mid is based on the 1990s remix of a classic, bisecting the upper with colors and patterns. Strips that run beyond the supportive jacquard woven ankle strap complement new blocking.