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Tuesday Briefing: Nike Air Yeezy 1 "Grammy" Sample auction, Noah x Union 30th anniversary capsule, Nike Refurbished and more

News recap from April 8 to April 12

Spring is definitely in full swing and as the U.S. calls to pause Johnson & Johnson vaccines due to blood clots, we also have allergies to worry about in addition to the pandemic. All of us must still do our due diligence in social distancing and wearing masks. If it's fashion items that you're looking forward to, and that's keeping you sane, we've got some news for you.

Noah x Union 30th anniversary collection release info

Union is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year and they've lined up quite a few collaborations. This week, Noah will be releasing the capsule they've worked on alongside Chris Gibbs and company. Titled "Truth, Dare, Dream." the collection tells three stories through Alexandre Dumas, Ludwig van Beethoven and William Shakespeare. The entire collection launches via Noah on April 15.

Release Date: 4/15/21 (Thursday)

Nike launches Refurbished program

Nike has decided to launch a program called Refurbished that is part of their plan to create solutions for waste reduction. The recycling program aims to "extend the lifespan of three types of footwear: like new, gently worn and cosmetically flawed." The returned products will be cleaned, refurbished and sold for lower price or grinded up into Nike Grind material. So far Nike has made the program available in 15 U.S. stores with plans for more to follow.

Nike officially unveils KD14

Kevin Durant has been in the league since 2007, so its only fitting the veteran superstar has unveiled his 14th signature sneaker with Nike. With a low-top cut, the feature that'll immediately catch your eyes is the strap on the forefoot, which hasn't been used on a KD sneaker since the KD7. Like a lot of Nike products these days, the sneaker features a full-length Zoom Air Strobel. The black/white colorway dropped on April 10 globally and will release tomorrow, April 14 in North America. China got a cyber colorway on April 11.

Release Date: 4/14/21 (Wednesday)

Kanye's 2008 "Grammy" Nike Air Yeezy 1 sample up for auction via Sotheby's

Sotheby's has gotten their hands on a true piece of sneaker history, the Nike Air Yeezy 1 "Grammy" sample worn by Ye himself for the 2008 Grammy Awards. Designed by Mark Smith, the one-off pair is stored inside a laser etched wooden box. The sneakers were originally sold as "Grammy worn" at a charity auction to benefit the Doernbecher Children's Hospital. Built in Nike's Innovation Kitchen, the soft black leather has held up amazingly well over the years. If you're in Hong Kong, these are on view at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from April 16 to April 21. Reach out to Sotheby's directly if you're interested in putting in a bid. Expect to pay no less than 6 figures.

atmos x Dr. Martens capsule collection release info

Japanese boutique label atmos has teamed up with Dr. Martens on two pairs of boots for their latest capsule collection. Highlighting the 1461 and Combs Tech boot, the collaboration injects pink and blue as well as hiker undertones like the rope laces into the classic footwear. Water White soles and a padded tongue add further hiker comfort and references. Available for $130-$150, you can head over to to cop on April 17.

Release Date: 4/17/21 (Saturday)

Sean Wotherspoon x adidas ZX 8000 "Superearth" release info

Sean Wotherspoon went from Nike to ASICS to adidas. With each collaboration, he's continued to use his DIY approach and multiple applications of materials to create patterns that turn footwear into wearable art. For the "W" in adidas' A-ZX series, he's taken the ZX 8000 and added an assortment of textures, textiles and details from recycled goods. Retailing for $140, you can cop these on April 16 from the CONFIRMED app and retailers like Extra Butter.

Release Date: 4/16/21 (Friday)