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One of Virgil Abloh’s Last Major Projects with Louis Vuitton Gets an Exhibition

When Virgil Abloh died tragically in November 2021, he left a legacy as one of fashion’s most prolific creators. A beloved member of the community, there was little Abloh didn’t try to achieve with his time on Earth, all with the aim of creating the possibility of even greater success for the generations that would follow him and changing the parameters of what was there. possible in the world of design. His presence was irreplaceable.

Louis Vuitton proves that by paying tribute to what would eventually become one of Abloh’s last projects for the French house: his reinvention of Nike’s Air Force 1 sneaker in 47 different styles, intended to accompany the Spring 2022 collection, which will be his last. before the fire, will be on public display at a special exhibit in Brooklyn.

The immersive exhibition welcomes visitors into the world of Abloh. On the front is a giant screen showing video of the sneakers being made, and on the back is a giant tree house (“symbolic of Virgil’s own childhood dreams,” according to Vuitton). In between are mirrored monoliths with sneakers creeping across the walls; some have large, interactive screens on which visitors can manipulate the 3D shoe image by hand.

If you’re brave enough to climb a spiral staircase, you’ll get a bird’s eye view of the space and see the layout create the LV logo. The walls feature blue skies with clouds, a pattern that repeats in the LED floor – all in tribute to Abloh’s ability to dream.

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In the tree house there is a DJ booth, a screen showing the different styles next to Abloh’s design notes, as well as a mood board recreated from Abloh’s office. You’ll also get a closer look at Abloh’s quotes scattered around the room, such as, “Are you a tourist or a purist?” and, “Who did it first? Where did they get the idea? Is it new?”

Only nine of the 47 styles will be produced and will sell for an eye-watering $2,750 to $3,450 in June. Even at those price tags, though, they can still be a steal for would-be collectors: Last February, many 200 Air Force 1s designed by Abloh brought in $25.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction.


“Louis Vuitton and Nike ‘Air Force 1’ by Virgil Abloh: the Exhibition” will open from May 21 to May 31 at the Greenpoint Terminal Warehouse (73 West Street, in Brooklyn); opening hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and admission is free.

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