Hiroshi Fujiwara is no stranger when it comes to Nike collaborations. Over the past few decades, fragment design have dropped countless Swoosh sneakers, including last year's fragment design x CLOT x Nike Air Force 1, but by the sounds of it, things could've been very, very different.
In an interview with Jeff Staples at ComplexCon, Fujiwara revealed that he was actually working on the original "THE TEN" for Nike. During the discussion, the Japanese style icon showcased a number of fragment design x Nike sneaker samples, all of which were meant to release as part of the original "THE TEN".
Silhouettes included a Nike Air Force 1 with three velcro straps, a Flywire Cortez, a pair of Air Prestos that were inspired by the AF1, and an Air Max 1 x ACG hybrid. All four shoes were painted in monochromatic palettes with deconstructed elements on each, including perforated detailing. What's more, they even featured "THE TEN" branding across the heels.
According to Fujiwara, this collab was scrapped when Virgil Abloh signed with Nike back in 2017, with the American fashion designer taking over the coveted "THE TEN" project, and the rest is history.
Regarded by many as the most successful collaboration ever made, the Off-White x Nike "THE TEN" Collection captured the imagination of sneakerheads when it first made its debut three years ago. Shoes like the Off-White x Air Jordan 1 "Chicago" still resell for around £3,000 a pop, and their value will continue to sky rocket from here on out.
In the interview, it was also revealed that the original plan was for Fujiwara to make ten shoes alongside Abloh's ten, but " won the game, and lost it." With that said, the Tokyo-based designer did express his admiration for Abloh's take on the collection, saying that they're "beautiful" and that he understands why the Swoosh would go for them.
What do you think of this? Should Nike give the original fragment design x Nike "THE TEN" Collection the green light? Would you cop if they did? Let us know what you think of this, and be sure to keep it locked at The Sole Supplier for the latest and greatest sneaker news and restocks!