Yes, my man Kanye is on his hustle again this year. What? With the Yeezy’s, his voice in some of this year’s dopest tracks, his Paris Fashion Week outings and not to mention him and Jay-Z finally working on Blueprint 3 (and rumours of him performing at this year’s Glastonbury festival). Couldn’t get any higher than that, right? Well, if you know Kanye, there’s always that extra push in him. Yes, Louis Vuitton (you know, that malletier that is kinda like a big deal?) has collaborated with Ye for their upcoming men’s F/W 2009 RTW. The Louis Vuitton x Kanye West sneaker line is tentatively set to be released July 1 2009 at select LV boutiques (including the LV boutique on Bloor Street, select styles only. And yes, there is already a waiting list). Back in early 2008, Ye teased the world and announced the collaboration at the Jardins de Bagatelle in Paris…news spread fast and fashionistas and Ye fans alike were salivating. Through, what we would presume to be months upon months of the creative process with Louis Vuitton’s shoe designer, Fabrizio Vitti, this much anticipated sneaker debut consists of 3 models aptly named after his crew. The Don’s (probably named after Don C, his manager, if not Ye himself. Consists of 4 colourways, 3 of them low top and the other one more mid with toggles.), The Jasper’s (Ibn Jasper, his barber and stylist. Consists of 2 colourways, both high tops) and the Mr Hudson’s (an artist under his G.O.O.D. music label that was featured in Paranoid off of 808’s & Heartbreak. Consists of 2 colourways and a boat deck shoe).
The details of these shoes are impeccable, but who would’ve thought less of LV’s and Ye’s detailed oriented minds? Like in one of the Jasper’s, Kanye West will be etched onto the toggles. The fashion (and streets) world is anxiously waiting for this line to be dropped, especially after seeing the red Don’s be utilized during the men’s RTW show in Paris. But be warned that worldwide LV boutiques currently have waiting lists for these, and at last check, the LV boutique in SoHo NYC has a list pages deep. Prices have also been confirmed to run from $870 US to $1140 US. But, who can put a price tag on what will most definitely be a historic collection for Louis Vuitton?
Check out this preview of the Jasper’s and Don’s from the behind the scenes video of Clipse’s Kinda Like A Big Deal shoot. Here you see the dude salivating for the Louis’.