At its core, Nike is a sportswear company and the Air Force 1 is a basketball shoe. While collaborations with partners from the world of high fashion often blur the lines, Riccardo Tisci is aiming to celebrate the essence of basketball with his latest collection of footwear and apparel.
Taking inspiration from Greek mythology, Tisci created the Victorious Minotaurs, a mythical basketball team that explores the dichotomy of good versus evil. In the spirit of the game, the NikeLab x Tisci Collection is a nod to the camaraderie of sport, which mirrors the union between Nike's longstanding history in sportswear and Tisci's fashion-forward vision of sport. Branded team apparel is incorporated into the lineup as a representation of this concept.
The idea behind the collection was creating comfortable-but-bold pieces that pull from on and off-court basketball style. At the forefront, more Tisci-designed Air Force 1s, a continuation of his execution that debuted last fall.
Look for the collection to begin rolling out in North America on Friday, Feb. 16.