We have seen a number of new Louis Vuitton x Nike Air Force 1 colorways pop up this week on the Instagram feeds of Ibn Jasper and others that were close with Virgil Abloh. Now, via a report from WWD, we know that those pairs will be exclusive to friends and family, and the release of the LV x AF1s will begin with a Sotheby's auction.
Two hundred pairs of the luxury sneakers will be sold in an auction that runs from Jan, 26 through Feb. 8, with the proceeds going to Abloh’s scholarship fund for Black fashion students. Each pair sold at auction, in sizes ranging from 5 through 18, will come with an orange embossed pilot case that features a 3D leather tag and white Swoosh. While the designer was originally involved with the early organization stages of the upcoming auction, it will now take place in association with Abloh’s family.
Following the auction, additional pairs will be made available through a retail launch exclusively at Louis Vuitton stores worldwide. While details are scarce, Louis Vuitton has confirmed that all 47 colorways designed by Abloh will be featured in an exhibition at a later date.