Designer and artist Hiroshi Fujiwara, oft-considered the godfather of Tokyo’s Ura-Harajuku fashion scene, has had a huge hand in the shaping of streetwear and art across the globe. Having founded the fragment design imprint in 2003, Fujiwara’s multi-disciplinary influence on culture has led him to work with some of the planet’s brightest creatives and biggest brands.
The label’s impressive list of collaborators spans Converse, Moncler, NEIGHBORHOOD, Levi’s, Stüssy, Supreme, Nike, and more and when it comes to sneakers, it’s perhaps the Swoosh that Fujiwara and fragment have made the most significant impact with.
It was in 2010 that Fragment and Nike first teamed up, giving birth to the fragment design x Nike Tennis Classic. Though the designer has been working with Nike via the HTM since 2000, the duo has delivered some seriously coveted sneakers as part of their co-sign work. In homage to one of the greatest ever, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite fragment design x Nike sneakers below, as well as collab inclusions from CLOT and Converse. From skateboarding sneakers to the more technical runners, this wildly diverse range of collabs is available at GOAT.
The newest member of the fragment design x Nike family, this Air Jordan 3 dropped in September this year. Keeping things minimal, tumbled white leather is contrasted by a black mudguard, with fragment’s lightning bolt log adorning the heel.
This earth-tone beauty was created in the run-up to the 2015 French Open in Paris and is a colorway inspired by the clay courts of the Roland-Garros. The fall-ready sneaker is finished off with a Nike-branded midfoot strap and debossed Fragment Design branding at the ankle.
The Nike Air Cadence is a new silhouette that was introduced this year, with Fragment getting in on the action early with a collaborative effort, too. Lightweight, streamlined, and tech-heavy this is a sneaker that’s designed to be worn all day.
Not content with limiting the partnership to their creative talents alone, Nike and fragment introduced streetwear label CLOT to the party. The result? This Air Force 1, complete with a patterned silk upper that can be worn away to reveal an alternate design.
fragment design has provided its spin beyond Nike’s mainline sneakers. Case in point: this collab with Nike Skateboarding. The joint-effort Nike SB Eric Koston was released in 2013 and features the signature lightning bolts at the heel.
This AJ1, released in 2014 in limited quantities, marks the first time that Fujiwara’s fragment design partnered with Jordan Brand and remains one of the hardest Jordan 1 colorways to get hold of. The fragment design logo sits at the heel of the sneaker, which is dressed in the iconic black and royal blue color combo.
Though our selection is unashamedly Swoosh-heavy, fragment’s collab sneakers aren’t limited to Nike. Also released this year, Fujiwara teamed up with Converse and Moncler to deliver a modern reworking of the iconic Chuck 70 — this time in a low edition that boasts both Moncler’s bell and fragment’s double lightning bolt emblems.
This Nike Air Zoom Tennis Classic dropped in September 2016 and is a nod to the 2010 OG tennis sneaker and the first official sneaker release from the duo. The super clean and mostly all-white sneaker gets a splash of color through Nike’s photo blue shade at the heel.
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