The DJ AM x Nike Dunk High Premium and the DJ Premier x Nike Air Force 1 Low are officially set to release this Saturday, Jan. 9th, at select Nike accounts. Here is some official background on the project,
Nike Sportswear offered these unique individuals, DJ AM and DJ Premier, a chance to share the spirit of athletics and rivalry through design. When it came to electing two music industry leaders from the East and West coasts, these innovators whose infatuation with their craft has not only created a culture, but also moved that culture with the sound that emanates from their turntables. DJ Premier from the East, and DJ AM from the West were chosen and now present to you the outcome of this design battle.
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Representing the EAST: DJ Premier
When it comes to the East Coast and legendary hip hop producers, DJ Premier will be named their turntable king. Adopting Brooklyn as his home, DJ Premier chose this icon of East Coast culture to represent his presence in the design challenge that was placed before him. Signature East Coast style, the Air Force 1 has been revered on the streets as not only a staple, but also as a name of respect in the city boroughs. Nike Sportswear Design Director Jesse Leyva worked with Premier on this shoe and he mentioned that, “Premo wanted to put his name somewhere on the shoe, but not in a loud way.” This was accomplished with a subtle laser on the back heels. Using the palette of NYC as his inspiration, DJ Premier colored up his AF1 in black, forest green, and white to represent the current styles of his city.
Representing the WEST: DJ AM
It is no secret that DJ AM, aka Adam Goldstein, was not only obsessed with sneaker culture, but was also infatuated with one of the most celebrated of Nike Sportswear icons, the Nike Dunk. Coupled with his love of the brand and his affection for the Dunk, DJ AM rendered a classic in the most traditional form. Leyva said, “It’s crazy to think we hadn’t yet worked with DJ AM.” Taking inspiration from old school Air Jordan colorways and his massive collection of sneakers, DJ AM brings you the Dunk rendered in red, black, and gray. DJ AM’s passion for deejaying would only result in a shoe that has numerous references to his craft. Dot detailing on the back heel of the shoe represents the flashing lights only a DJ can see reflecting from spinning turntables. The black and grey colorway is a hint to the materials he used to ignite a dance floor. With the color red as the base, his DJ AM logo is embossed on the tongue tab of the shoe as the final detail.
The Nike Dunk Hi x DJ AM and Nike AF1 x DJ Premier will be available worldwide on Saturday, January 9th 2009. Nike Sportswear at 21 Mercer will host a launch event on January 7th, and Nike Sportswear at The Montalban will host a launch event on January 9th. Exclusively at these events, the AM and Premier footwear will be enclosed in a custom two-pack box, paired with Serrato vinyl that hooks back to the colors of each DJ’s shoe. 100% of the proceeds from these launches will benefit the DJ AM Memorial Fund. Stay tuned for more event details.
Nike Sportswear at 21 Mercer
21 Mercer Street
New York, NY
Nike Sportswear at The Montalban
1615 Vine Street
Los Angeles, CA
Other partners include:
Blends, Costa Mesa
CRSVR, Santa Barbara
Dave’s Quality Meats, NYC
Shoe Gallery, Miami
UNDFTD, LA, SM, LV