Category: Throwback Thursday

21 Oct

Adidas Human Race NMD Pharrell x Chanel

adidas Human Race NMD Pharrell x Chanel

Release: November 2017

Style Code: D97921

Adidas and long time collaborator Pharrell Williams, this time linked up with Parisian couture house Chanel.

For this incredibly limited edition of the NMD Human Race.

Only 500 pairs were reportedly released, and exclusively at the closing of Colette – the famous Parisian concept store.

The shoe featured a simply black and white make up but stands out with the Chanel on the right and the Pharrell printed on the left of the shoe.

The sneakers were sold at a retail price of €1,000 but now trade much higher on the secondary market due to the limited availability.

21 Oct

New Balance 992

New Balance 992

Release: 2006-2010 & April 2020

Style Code: M992GR

New Balance 992

The silhouette which released in 2006, celebrating New Balance’s 100th anniversary, is as iconic as it is understated.

Although production stopped in 2010, New Balance introduced its first ever retro run in 2020 – which was sold out immediately in April.

New Balance has stood strong with its manufacturing bases in the United States and United Kingdom when others have moved abroad. Their unique positioning has led them to become favourites of people from all backgrounds.

Most notably is perhaps the late Steve Jobs – often seen wearing his Grey pair.

14 Oct

Nike SB Dunk Low Paris

Nike SB Dunk Low Paris

Release: August 2003

Style Code: 308270-111

In 2003, Paris hosted the “White Dunk: Evolution Of An Icon” – the art featured on the overlays was in collaboration with French painter, Bernard Buffet. Although the pair was supposed to be released at the event, Nike claims that fervent demand meant that the public release was delayed and the rumored 202 limited bespoke pairs were circulated through select accounts.

Nike SB Dunk Low Paris

At the Palais de Tokyo Exhibition Space, where Nike held their “White Dunk: Evolution Of An Icon” exhibition. Although initially meant to be released at the event, there was far too great a crowd attending to facilitate the drop at the event. Instead, Nike SB sold their pairs through exclusive partner stores throughout Paris in the following days – most notably Opium and the now closed-Colette.

Nike SB Dunk Low Paris

What is most iconic about this pair is the fact that each pair has a different print from the French expressionist artist. Buffet, who committed suicide in 1999 due to his degenerative condition Parkinson’s, saw the majority of his success during the 1950s and 1960s. Truly prolific, it is said that Buffet created over 8,000 paintings and prints over his lifetime and even has an eponymous museum – the Bernard Buffet Museum – in Japan. The museum holds 2,000 of his works from his early years all the way through to the end of his artistic life.

“In a poll realised in 1992 for the French magazine “Beaux-Arts”, French people declared preferring Bernard Buffet to Vermeer or Andy Warhol.”

MUSEE BERNARD BUFFET

The limited availability and the insane story behind the release have ensured that these are perhaps the most recognizable dunks in existence. Since no two pairs are the same, due to the way Nike cut the canvas, there are some pairs that have much higher desirability. For example, the sample pair featured above, which failed to sell during Sotheby’s Cult Canvas Auction, features Buffet’s famous ballerina and clown – both famous motifs and symbols in his pieces – in their entirety. The pair was estimated to be sold at $70,000 – $80,000 but the auction was closed before a sale.

Information provided by Sotheby’s, Shizuoka Guide, and the Bernard Buffet Legacy Website.

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