Collaborations between different designers are not new. In fact, these partnerships can potentially open up new market of consumers to the collaborators. Besides, infusing the blueprints and design aesthetics of two different labels can create magic and breathe new life to say, a pair of sneakers or a new denim jacket. Here’s some of our favourite collabs right now.
1) Dior x Nike Air Jordans
These two powerhouses have come together to release the highly anticipated Air Jordan 1 OG Dior sneakers. A total of 5 million people signed up to get their hands on a pair when only 8,000 were available. These sneakers were first spotted on the runway of Dior Pre-Fall 2020 in Miami last December, and marks Air Jordan’s first step into the luxury streetwear market.
2) Louis Vuitton X Nigo LV² Collection
The LV² Louis Vuitton Squared Collection pays homage to the Damier check and Monogram pattern, a nod to the House’s heritage. The prints are featured on classic leather goods like the Keepall, Soft Trunk, Campus Backpack, as well as the relatively new Nano Amazone Messenger. The “LV Made” duck is the symbol of this collaboration, a re-interpretation of the world of Nigo and his “Human Made” signature, transformed in Louis Vuitton style. Shoe fanatics aren’t left out either. The classic Derby shoes are updated with a silver toe-cap, while the loafers come in either sleek black with the embossed either LV² logo. Elsewhere, the LV² logo stands out like a jewel on the buckle of the denim mules.
3) ante Presents Exclusive Maison Kitsuné x Native Union Collection
Ante’s new collection is both practical and uniquely kitsch. From power banks to wireless chargers to cable belts and AirPods Pro protective cases, there’s something for just about any techie out there—all playfully designed with Maison Kitsuné’s signature ‘Fox Head’ logo. This collaboration sees the tech accessories lifestyle brand Native Union partnering with the Paris-meets-Tokyo multifaceted brand Maison Kitsuné for an exclusive capsule collection of accessories, fusing fashion with technology and a lot of bold colours.
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4) Kenzo x Vans Collection
Kenzo reprises its partnership with Vans, the legendary Californian skate brand, for a new capsule collaboration. Vivid, all-over floral prints taken from the Kenzo archives wrap the classic high-top Vans Sk8-Hi sneakers, and the low-top Old-Skool. Kenzo’s newly appointed creative director Felipe Oliveira Baptista is clearly clearly inspired by LA’s skate culture, and the dynamic, youthful wardrobe comprises sharp cuts and unisex themes that lend a sporty feel to the pieces in this collection.
5) Travis Scott x Nike
This collaboration pushes music and streetwear culture into a new realm of innovation and passion. The collection combines the Jordan Brand’s heritage with American rapper Travis Scott’s unique style sensibility and creative passion. Premium embroidered graphics sit atop the glow-in-the-dark soles, and a utilitarian pouch is strategically placed at the ankle. Scott also leaves his signature “Cactus Jack” branding on the lace lock and right heel. Infrared accents, along with the iconic Nike Air branding are a nod to the Air Jordan colourway that lends an instant classic feel to this collaborative design. Pair them with denim jeans or graphic trousers, these shoes will stand out in just about anything.
6) Tom of Finland Foundation x JW Anderson Capsule
This mini capsule collection celebrates the legacy of Tom of Finland, an artist (real name: Touko Valio Laaksonen) whose work challenged homophobic stereotypes by depicting gay men as hyper-masculine archetypes. His work and homoerotic art is one of the 20th century’s most recognisable imagery in queer culture. JW Anderson cleverly highlights the Finnish artist’s artwork from 1958 on a tote bag and on a printed neoprene visor on this special three-piece capsule collection.
7) Supreme x Leigh Bowery
Supreme‘s Leigh Bowery collection pays tribute to Leigh Bowery, an Australian performance artist and fashion designer who pushed boundaries with his notoriously outlandish fashion and disruptive art at the height of the ’80s London nightlife and club kid subculture of the time. The collection includes a long-sleeved shirt, hooded sweaters and a T-shirt with Bowery’s artwork interpreted by artist Jim Krewson. Bowery died from AIDS-related complications in 1994, and to honour him, a portion of the proceeds from this collection will benefit Visual AIDS, an organisation that helps artists living with HIV/AIDS.