Abloh’s “upcycling ideology” was conceived for the SS21 collection as a way to showcase the luxury fashion house’s commitment to reimagining Louis Vuitton products both creatively and sustainably. The sneakers debuted at Abloh’s inaugural Men’s Louis Vuitton show during the SS19 season and immediately solidified Alboh’s imprint in the industry, due to the bold and alluring design of the shoes.
In order to create this season’s sustainable upcycling collection, the original 2019 LV Trainers were disassembled and reworked during the creative production process at Louis Vuitton’s dedicated shoe workshop in Fiesso d’Artico. The new LV Trainer Upcycling includes a revamped design using staple materials of calfskin and suede, while also featuring tie-dye colored laces.
The low-top silhouette includes five new colorways in vibrant, contrasting tones, set to emphasize the padded tongue and the shoe’s upper design. Stitched on the back of the shoes is “LV Upcycling”, alongside the Louis Vuitton branding and emblematic Monogram flowers on the sole. To round out the shoe, a fluorescent tag is featured on the right foot, embossed with a Louis Vuitton logo, a signature finish synonymous with Virgil Abloh.
Each pair offers a unique experience for Louis Vuitton fans everywhere as the shoe provides do-it-yourself customization options. Assembly instructions are included to ensure the brand’s craftsmanship is not compromised, guiding users in centering, cutting, and hand-applying the leather. Future owners have access to the excess stitching threads to add personal finishing touches to their LV Trainer Upcycle.
Release and price information has yet to be revealed, but are expected to arrive in the coming weeks.