CLOT, longtime Nike collaborator and Chinese fashion label, has linked up with Nike Sportswear for their own piece in the ongoing Nike 1WORLD Project. The CLOT x Nike Air Force 1 Low is inspired by the Chinese New Year and was designed to help ring in the upcoming holiday.
The Nike Clot Air Force 1 pays tribute to the themes of luck, happiness and prosperity — as represented by the color red — which prevail during traditional Chinese Lunar New Year celebrations. Special features of the Nike Clot Air Force 1 include:-an upper-shoe made from red Clot Royale Deluxe Silk, the most recognizable Chinese-made textile, with embroidered trademark Clot graphics inspired by thousand-year-old Chinese prints;
– the red upper-shoe top layer can actually be peeled, burned or torn off to reveal a bottom layer made from dark brown leather. Clot’s trademark Chinese-print graphics, as embroidered onto the silk upper layer, are lasered onto this durable leather layer;
-a sockliner inspired by traditional green-and-white paper;
-contrasting black colorway, with a matte-black leather details and black shoelaces.
The highlight peel-off double-layer design feature was created to inspire people to seek beyond the superficial, to search for what lies within. The Clot design team explains: “We need to remember to never judge simply by what you see.”
The Nike Clot Air Force 1 comes in a special “Chinese Candy Box” packaging set. Traditionally, Lunar New Year celebrations include offering sweets and other edible treats from a red lacquer box to ensure a “sweet” year. Honoring this custom, the Nike Clot Air Force 1 packaging is a hexagonal red box with a partitioned tray layer, to hold shoe accessories, and matching lid. The box’s exterior is adorned with Clot graphics in black.
The CLOT x Nike Air Force 1 Low is set to release at JUICE (Hong Kong) and ACU (Shanghai) on Jan. 16th, 2009.
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