You may not know him by name, but chances are you’ve seen the work of Brian “KAWS” Donnelly. The artist-designer’s iconic Companion sculptures are installed worldwide at art galleries, museums, universities and elsewhere. This year, he’ll add to his resume by collaborating with Jordan Brand.
KAWS began teasing the collaboration on Instagram in January, announcing a “fun project” with the brand for spring ’17. No further details were provided, but images of the sneakers have surfaced on social media.
The silhouette of choice for this collab is the Air Jordan 4, which originally was released in 1989. From what we can see in the latest images, the sneaker is covered in various textures of gray suede. The Jordan 4’s traditional netting is replaced with a hairy suede, while the rest of the upper features engraved detailing. Also of note is the sneaker’s midsole, which is wrapped in suede for the first time.
The outsole of the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 bears the most striking detail. KAWS’ signature hand graphics are printed beneath a translucent rubber sole, which also boasts glow-in-the-dark capabilities.
This collaboration will be released during spring ’17; an exact date has not been revealed.