When automakers collaborate with designers, its usually for some visual enhancements or interior trim elements. Here’s a Kia Telluride for example. But, Lexus has partnered with fashion designer John Elliott to create these strange looking Sole of the UX tires for the UX crossover, inspired by John Elliott x Nike AF1 sneakers.
Revealed at Elliott’s New York Fashion Week after-party recently, the collaboration features an all-white UX with custom tire details inspired by Elliott’s design, including white on white layers, double-stitched leather and a stepped metal air valve evocative of his stacked metal lace tip.
“We were excited to merge the streetwear narrative and design cues of our Air Force 1 with a brand like Lexus. We’re thankful they’ve allowed us to use this moment to celebrate the arts and to bring extra energy to our take on a classic,” said Elliott. “It’s fun to partner with brands that typically live outside the fashion community because it allows us to evolve and continue to push our own boundaries.”
At the event, Elliott showcased iterations of the John Elliott x Nike AF1 by artists Actual Source, Hassan Rahim, Matt McCormick, and Yung Jake. Using the John Elliott x Nike AF1 as their canvases, these custom sneakers were auctioned off at the event with all proceeds benefiting Inner-City Arts, an organization based in downtown Los Angeles, which aims to provide access to arts education for LA’s underserved youth.
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