DSM X NSW AIR FORCE 1 30TH ANNIVERSARY / FOUR YEARS LATER
Posted: Dec 21 2016
In 2012 Nike Sportswear celebrated the 30th anniversary of the iconic Air Force 1. This year Nike created a variety of unique hybrid models infusing modern tech into a more timeless approach, which gave birth to highly anticipated partnerships as well as the "All-White" Lunar Force 1. One of those timeless partnerships was with Dover Street Market London. The NSW challenged its design team with an idea of the exploration of monumental sport moments, in which the team geared toward the year 1948. The year spawned the return of global competitive sports which was on a major hiatus at that time. The team drew their attention to the Manchesterian made fabric "Ventile." Initially applied to immersion suits, Ventile, is a woven fabric that is naturally waterproof and windproof with an impeccable resistance to tearing and fire – ideal in survival situations.
The resilient material allows for less component parts in the Air Force 1, providing a slimmer look and feel to the wearer while an innovative cushioning system allows for more flexibility throughout the sole. A Tyvek tongue tab marked with 17-18, the street number of Comme des Garcons’ London Dover Street Market location, is a nod to the race day numbers worn by competitive runners.
Here's a look at a pair of the White version from the two color ways from the collaborative partnership between DSM and NSW after four years of consistent wear and tear.