It looks like Riccardo Tisci and Nike are partnering for an exclusive sneaker project in the near future. No word yet on what type of shoe he'll be working on, but it sounds like a whole new silhouette as WWD is reporting it as a “special sneaker design.”
Before Givenchy’s profile got even larger in the past couple of seasons, and Tisci’s relationship with Kanye West became well known, most will be surprised to know the designer has linked up with the Swoosh before. The first meeting came as guest curator for issue #8 of A Magazine Curated By. Tisci tapped artist Marc Turlan to work on a special spread featuring Nike imagery. The second came in 2011 with a Converse collaboration involving the special premium Addict All Star line.
Neither party has officially confirmed the collaboration, but more info should come as early as today. If it’s a game-changing silhouette like the Air Yeezy’s, Nike might have something on their hands to fill the void that Kanye West left. Stay tuned, and let the hype begin.
Style.com just released the official announcement that, yes, there is a Riccardo Tisci and Nike project on its way. The footwear (and possibly apparel) will arrive in stores and online in the spring, and will have the logo "NIKE RT."
Tisci told Style.com, “For me, Nike represents a lot: my childhood, America.” The designer of Givenchy has worn his favorite style of Nike kicks for the last 16 years, so when the opportunity presented itself, he was quick to jump on board.
“When I got the call, it sounded so strong, so perfect for my DNA. It’s a big honor for me, especially because they’re always working with sports people,” he said.
As for what he brought to the table, Tisci said, “I couldn’t bring them technology, instead I brought my style, what people like me for and what the young generation follows me for."
No images are out yet, but Tisci gave a brief description of what we can expect. The designer said, “It’s strong without being loud."
Well this just joined the list of most anticipated collections of 2014.