Last month, pop artist and designer Brian Donnelly or KAWS had his first retrospective in Asia, which was hosted in Shanghai’s Yuz Museum. The exhibition was designed by Aranda/Lasch and featured 8-meter tall sculptures. Aradna/Lasch, the Arizona- and New York-based design firm behind the exhibition, was aware of Brian’s fondness for working with physical models. Hence, a 15-foot-tall model was built to fill up the massive space within the museum, which was once an airplane hangar. Sneakerheads were probably not expecting to end up reading about KAWS once again. However, it seems that the Air Jordan releases 2018 could include another KAWS x Air Jordan 4 release.
Among March’s Air Jordan releases 2017, the second most sought after sneaker, the first being the returning Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Royal,” was the KAWS x Air Jordan 4. It was an all-Grey sneaker, with uppers made up of both heathered and smooth suede, while it also featured the double “XX” stitching inspired by the signature KAWS elephant-like character. The KAWS x Air Jordan 4 ended up making its retail debut in China on March 28th and become available worldwide on March 31st. However, sneakerheads might recall that another all-Black, friends and family-exclusive variation of the KAWS x Air Jordan 4 surfaced last month.
The photo accompanying this post is actually of that exclusive, friends and family version. However, it is being reported that Jordan Brand and KAWS are planning to drop the same or a similar-looking Air Jordan 4 colorway next year. According to early rumors, this will be a “Black/Black” colorway, which means that its suede uppers will be dressed up entirely in Black, including its suede midsoles. Much like the all-Grey colorway that was among March’s Air Jordan releases 2017, this next iteration will also feature the KAWS double “XX” stitched onto its each heel.
There has been no news or rumors about when exactly this sneaker will arrive, apart from the fact that it will apparently be joining next year’s Jordan releases 2018. However, it is being reported that this next KAWS x Air Jordan 4 colorway will likely retail at the same price as this year’s release, i.e. $350.
KAWS x Air Jordan 4
Release Date: Spring/Summer 2018
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