Close up of the Nike x Tiffany & Co. Air Force 1
Streetwear and luxury fashion have had a turbulent history, existing in polar opposite realms where both sides were rooted firmly in their own aura and design ethos. Fast forward to recent years and collaborations between fashion niches, both high and low, are at the forefront of the scene. It’s a somewhat controversial trend that doesn't show signs of slowing down as we’ve witnessed unlikely names such as Louis Vuitton / Supreme, Gucci / Palace, and Dior / Jordan work together to create some of the most sought-after products in recent memory.
You can’t immediately say Nike and Tiffany & Co. are an unlikely duo. The two are trailblazers in their respective fields and share the same aspirational and style-conscious clientele. Tiffany & Co. have been enmeshed in the New York socialite scene for almost two centuries and are one of the first jewellery houses to champion the use of ‘925’ silver and earned respect for their commitment to luxury, craftsmanship, and innovation.
Another unmistakeable New York icon is without a doubt the Air Force 1, which needs no introduction besides being one of, if not the most famous sneaker silhouettes of all time. The reimagined Nike silhouette is aptly named “1837” paying homage to the year Tiffany & Co was founded, and is curated with an exceptional layout of leather panels and textures. The only colour pop found is through the swoosh which presents Tiffany & Co’s signature teal colour front and centre. Finishing touches are featured through the branded tongue label, leather lace lock, and engraved sterling silver heel adornment.
The end result is a delicately considered design without extra bells and whistles, except for a series of Tiffany-crafted accessories releasing separately which include a shoe horn, cleaning brush, and a real solid silver whistle, making this collaboration a true testament to both brands’ ingenuity.