In our Reflections Issue, we join @Nike in celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Air Force 1, which they asked @travisscott, @virgilabloh, @erlsn.acr, @theroc96 and @chicagodonc to put their spin on. The finished products are a sneakerhead's dream. Hit Flaunt.com now to read @BradWete's interviews with the aforementioned designers and to peep @iMorrison's amazing photography. #af1 #nike #nikenyc #nikela #offwhite #acronymaf1 #FlauntReflections
One of my goals when I joined Flaunt this summer was to work with brands that I’m a fan of. Throughout my career, I’ve mostly been a proper music journalist. But towards the end of 2016, I was blessed with opportunities to do a load of stories that connected music and fashion for Billboard. And now that I’m with Flaunt, I’m either writing or editing pieces that are fully fashion-oriented.
This year Nike celebrated the 35th anniversary of their Air Force 1 and use the birthday to give the white-on-white sneaks a fresh look via the lens of five premiere streetwear designers and influencers: Off-White’s Virgil Abloh, Acronym’s Errolson Hugh, Roc-a-Fella Records co-founder Kareem “Biggs” Burke, Just Don’s Don “Don C.” Crawley and musician Travis Scott. I’m a huge fan of each of them and spoke to the guys for the piece.
Building a relationship with Nike was also a big 2017 goal as well. I’m super excited to share the fun stuff we at Flaunt are working on in 2018 with them thanks to this story and the foundation it laid. But in the meantime, check out my chat with the fellas. One of my favorite anecdotes in there comes from Biggs, who had a hilarious way of ensuring that his Airs 1s stayed clear of dirt and being stepped on in NYC streets back int the day. This is another one of my favorite interviews from my 2017.