Jordan Brand & Dave White
You've only got to look at the cover of the Art & Sole book to know that the Nike Air Jordan 1 is a favourite of artist Dave White. In this latest project he works with the silhouette once again - this time using it as canvas rather than subject matter. In order to support their new WINGS for the Future charitable program, Jordan Brand commissioned White to create this Air Jordan 1 Retro, which features an NBA All-Star inspired stars and stripes design. Limited to an extremely small run of just 23, you can bid now to win a pair of these exclusive sneakers at a charity auction here, with all proceeds going to the WINGS for the Future cause.
Metallic gold paint covers both the upper and the midsole of the sneakers using White’s signature style. The stars in the shoe’s midfoot are another White trademark, and the stripes on the heel are made from his brush strokes, recreated and screen printed on to the leather. An additional layer of paint has also been added over these stripes by hand to build up the thickness and replicate the texture of White’s paintings, making each shoe unique.
As a nod to the traditional surface White uses for his art, premium canvas has been utilised for the tongue tag, and additional features include a label with White’s signature behind the tongue. Extra attention has also been given to the laces, which read ‘WINGS for the Future', and even the box has been treated to White’s interpretation of the Jordan Wings logo.
A fairly recent venture, and a successor to the Jordan Fundamentals grant program, the aim of WINGS for the Future is to motivate and inspire youth within local communities. This year Jordan Brand has been working with Inglewood High School in the US, helping refurbish their classrooms and basketball court, providing new computers for the school, and bringing in athletes and celebrities to talk about the importance of education.
While promoting the project in Los Angeles (the home of the NBA All-Star weekend), White also worked with students of Inglewood High on the creation of two Jordan-themed murals