Virgil Abloh announced a raffle of his now sold-out Off-White x Air Jordan 4 sneakers with proceeds going towards a worthy cause.
The Chicago native shared an Instagram post today explaining that he is partnering with Aleta Clarke, otherwise known as Englewood Barbie, and her organization HugsNoSlugs that works to benefit the community of Chicago with efforts like feeding those in need and making safe places amid the city’s challenges with gun violence.
Through Chicago retailer Notre, fans can enter the raffle to win a new pair of Off-White x Air Jordan 4 “Sail” sneakers at Notre-Shop.com with a $3 donation entry fee. Winners will be contacted by July 27 according to the page.
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i made @off_____white™ with the intention for it to not just exist as a fashion label but a vehicle to tell stories i personally find important. on this occasion of the @off____white™ Jordan “4” im keen to announce a partnership with @englewoodbarbie a young woman from my hometown making a tangible difference in Chicago by her own grassroots efforts. [advocacy] for this local release of the creme Jordan “4”, we’re partnering with @Notre to support @englewoodbarbie’s HugsNoSlugs to continue on-the-ground work she is doing feed those in need and make safe places amid the cities gun violence. ~ a message from HugsNoSlugs founder Aleta Clarke aka @englewoodbarbie: “HugsNoSlugs aims to restore hope in Chicago by leading with love. We’re under the viaduct in rain, sleet, and snow reminding the people that live under there that they are loved and not forgotten, opening up a Covid-19 relief center so that the community can come and receive free groceries, gloves, and masks daily, mentoring middle and highschool students, helping families who lost their children to senseless gun violence pay for funerals, facilitating a GED program so that anyone that wants a second chance can have one, and more. Poverty-stricken communities all over the world are missing people that truly care and fight consistently, day in and day out. I’m that person—not only will I see the struggle all the way through until the light shines, but I’m able to galvanize the people to support me. With these funds I will open another safe house. The goal is to have 10 throughout the city. I will continue to purchase groceries and furnish the safe house with refrigerators and freezers to store the food. This donation will also help me feed friends living under the viaduct on 51st and Wentworth from October 4th until April 20th. I’m out there the entire winter making sure they have a hot meal, 7 days a week, 7 months straight. I provide new clothing, blankets, and haircuts. I normally feed between 19-40 people a night.” link to donate and enter raffle via @Notre link in bio.
On her own social media page, Clarke expressed her appreciation for the raffle and the partnership, saying: “Thank you @virgilabloh for not just reaching out.. but for coming to the hood per my request and seeing how I really get down. Thank you for being obedient and helping me help Chicago.”
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On the Notre raffle page, the nonprofit’s founder also said that the proceeds will be going towards opening a new safe house. Her goal is to eventually host 10 houses throughout the city. Clarke explained that the donation will help her “feed friends living under the viaduct on 51st and Wentworth from October 4th until April 20th.” She added, “I’m out there the entire winter making sure they have a hot meal, 7 days a week, 7 months straight. I provide new clothing, blankets, and haircuts. I normally feed between 19-40 people a night.”
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On top of all the love I got from my family … I got a call from @virgilabloh saying he wanted to support the safe house and not only that he wanted to come do a photo shoot at the safe house to help tell the world about my efforts… at this point I’m speechless I really can’t believe what’s happing in my life right now but I know it’s God… he watched me for years to see if I would give up… if I would fold.. even if I didn’t have financial resources would I stop doing what He placed on my heart… & for the last 5 years my grind stayed true, my faith stayed true my love radiates through everyone I’m able to touch… at times I was broken I kept fighting God saw that… losing loved ones being robbed sleeping under the viaduct even being homeless myself … I kept going. Just keep going y’all you never know what God is doing and who he sent to bless you. Thank you @virgilabloh for not just reaching out.. but for coming to the hood per my request and seeing how I really get down🙏🏼 Thank you for being obedient and helping me help chicago… I’m humbled🥺 what an amazing bday this has been😭 #GodFirst #Favor #Faith #Love #Gangsta #Safehouse #Efforts #BdayGift #Honored #Speechless #EnglewoodWhatUp
The Off-White x Air Jordan 4 “Sail” sneakers hit shelves this morning with a retail price of $200; the sneakers dropped on Nike.com as well as the SNKRS app and quickly sold out within the hour.
The women’s sneaker features both brands’ signature hang tags with muslin, white and black accents; the iteration blends together nubuck uppers with transparent rubber caging and Off-White’s Helvetica font across the laces and midsole. An exposed Air unit in the midsole provides a cushioned step as exposed foam on the collar continues the broken-down appeal of the iteration. Topped off with a translucent panel across the heel, the heritage silhouette steps into modern light in what is sure to be a hit like Abloh’s previous Nike and Air Jordan collaborations.