Sean Wotherspoon recently shared his new Nike creation, a custom-made Air Max 1 made at NikeLab’s 21 Mercer location in New York City. In the caption to his Instagram post showing the kick, the Round Two co-founder explained how the corduroy on the upper can be torn to reveal the floral Liberty fabric underneath.
The inspiration behind the design was artist Geoff McFetridge, who had a similar Nike collaboration in 2003: a gray / blue striped Vandal Supreme that featured tear-off fabric on the upper with a colorful design tucked away underneath. A second gray / orange version followed in 2005.
Wotherspoon has an almost encyclopedic knowledge of Nike gear, with a knack for identifying old styles and trends for a revival.
For a closer look at how the tear-off design worked on McFetridge’s Nike collaboration from 2003, watch the video below.
The idea is similar to the customizable concept behind the Lance Mountain x Nike SB Air Jordan 1. But while the extra layer of paint on the Lance Mountain AJ1 has chipped and scuffed over time, the separate and destructible layer of the Lance Mountain AJ1 has chipped and scuffed over time. Nike Air Max 1 from Vandal Supreme and Wotherspoon the fabric presents a more physical approach to customization.
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