The auction kicks off Louis Vuitton Spring Summer 2022 Collection by Virgil Abloh
January 19, 2022: As the fashion world and fans still come to grips with Virgil Abloh’s sudden, untimely demise, luxury giant Louis Vuitton has collaborated with Sotheby’s to auction 200 special edition pairs of Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” by Virgil Abloh sneakers with Louis Vuitton pilot cases.
The auction is a link in a string of related Louis Vuitton events to take place from January through 2022. Proceeds will benefit The Virgil Abloh™ “Post-Modern” Scholarship Fund, which in partnership with the Fashion Scholarship Fund, supports the education of Black, African American, or African descent students.
The auction marks the first-ever release of the Louis Vuitton and Nike “Air Force 1” – which were created by Virgil Abloh for the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2022 Collection.
Open for bidding from January 26 to February 8, the online auction will include 200 pairs of the special sneakers in a range of sizes, from 5 – 18, with a starting bid of $2,000. The sneakers, entirely made in precious calf leather, are embellished with Louis Vuitton’s emblematic Monogram and Damier patterns with natural cowhide piping.
Each pair will be sold with a Louis Vuitton pilot case, also from the Louis Vuitton Spring-Summer 2022 collection, which was reinterpreted from the Maison’s archive in an iconic orange colorway and made of Monogram Taurillon Leather. The pilot case features Louis Vuitton’s classic S lock closure in white metal finishing and includes a luggage tag in the shape of the Nike Swoosh. The pilot case adapts to every shoe size, based on an internal cushion system, and will be exclusive to the auction.