Nike is not shy about collaborating with other major brands, working with the likes of A.P.C., Sacai, and Supreme. At this point, who haven't they released a sneaker with? Add another to the list: Nike and Liberty are at it again with a new collaboration set to be released on Friday, May 15.
If you're not familiar with Liberty of London, they're a department store in Central London that's collaborated with Nike in the past. Except this time, instead of the floral pattern they featured on their sneaks from the former collab, they're using the "Merlin" pattern, originally designed by Liberty for a silk scarf in 1972. Now that's a throwback.
According to Nike, the shoes feature a "geometric shawl design, which includes a playful layout of circles and concentric squares. The collection intersects past and present to create something completely original." Though the pattern is from the '70s, it actually looks quite modern.
The collection features six sneakers, all in classic Nike styles, from the Air Max, to the Classic Cortez, to the Tennis Classic — all featuring a white sole and the Merlin pattern above. But the collaboration doesn't deal with just sneakers. The bright pattern also appears on the 5-Panel Cap, a t-shirt, and wind runner.
If you're in London, consider yourself lucky—the apparel and footwear in this collection will be available exclusively for Liberty London on April 23rd. The Nike x Liberty Air Rift will launch on May 4 for certain retailers and on Nike.com, but the full collection will not be available until May 15.