The Off-White for Church’s Collaboration Drop’s Today and boy is it exciting news on menswear. Off-White’s collaboration with Church’s was first leaked back in February as part of Virgil Abloh’s final collection. Now we’ve been given an exclusive look at the upcoming shoes. In February a celebrities gathered in Paris to to pay homage to Virgil Abloh’s final collection for Off-White.
Seated next to Rihanna and A$AP Rocky was Pharrell Williams, who was sporting his self-designed Tiffany and Co sunnies, as well as a cream trench coat and ivory slacks from Off-White’s AW/22 Spaceship Earth collection that was sent down the catwalk that day. On his feet, our shoe cam spotted, a pair of black brogue Oxfords from a yet-to-be-unveiled collaboration between Abloh and Prada-owned footwear label Church’s.
Off-White for Church’s Collaboration
The collaborative project, named “Off-White for Church’s” was described by Abloh as a “remastering of a classic”. The partnership, of which British GQ has been given an exclusive preview, was one of the last that the designer had worked on. Abloh passed away in November at the age of 41 following a long battle with cancer. The collection comprises two pairs of shoes, both designed by Abloh, that draw on both Northamptonshire-based Church’s and Off-White’s signature aesthetics.
So far only one of the Off-White for Church’s styles has been unveiled. Abloh took the British shoemaker’s elegantly-crafted, brogue Oxford Burwood design, which dates back to 1953, and gave it a contemporary lift. Where the original handmade shoe came with a brown suede upper, the Off-White version comes with a brushed calfskin overlay.
Meanwhile, each shoe comes adorned with the Ablohisms that became associated with the former Louis Vuitton artistic designer of menswear. “Special Events” is screen printed in his favoured Helvetica font along the outer of the formal silhouette, while the laces are similarly decorated with “Shoe Laces”. Elsewhere the brogues come with a leather take on the plastic hang tags you’d recognise from Off-White’s popular sneaker designs.
Off-White for Church’s Collaboration Drop’s Today
It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise that the Church’s team permitted Abloh to reinterpret its classic shoes, which long-standing fans of the brand will likely protest need little-to-no improvement.
Off-White X Church’s Collaboration
Abloh made a name for himself reimagining the most iconic sneaker designs in footwear history. In 2017 he introduced “The Ten”, which comprised his own take on Nike’s most popular silhouettes including the Air Jordan 1 and Zoom Vaporfly. Elsewhere he brought sneakers to the fore of the Louis Vuitton brand, introducing the LV trainer in an array of colours, as well as concocting a Nike and LV collaborative Air Jordan design in 2021.
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