The Union x Bephie's Beauty Supply x Air Jordan 1 "Summer of '96" Collection Releases August 26
Since their first Air Jordan collaboration in 2018, Union Los Angeles has consistently set high standards. Their follow-up projects, including Nike Sportswear sneakers, have maintained this level of excellence. As a result, every time a new Union collaboration is announced, expectations are understandably high. Expectations reached new heights with the news of a second Union x Air Jordan 1 collection leaked late last year — but unbeknown to some, the pair is a co-collaboration with Bephie’s Beauty Supply, making this the first husband/wife Jordan sneaker collaboration in history.
Union LA's Chris Gibbs and Bephie’s Beauty Supply's Beth “Bephie” Gibbs have looked back to the archives for their first co-partnered Air Jordan 1 High OG — and an Elevate High — once again chopping-and-changing an OG colorway — the “Neutral Grey” — and seemingly infused it with the Nike Air Footscape Woven, a lifestyle running shoe renowned for its asymmetrical lacing system that first appeared in the late 2000s.
The High OG features an OG-style "Neutral Grey" colorway, constructed with a full leather build and woven detailing wrapping around the entire shoe. Additional Wolf Grey accents adorn the Swooshes, collars, "Nike Air" tongue tags, and Wings motfs, with exposed "BBS" stitching appears in the rear, and Union's signature yellow “UN/LA" signature tag on the lateral ankle. The pair then completed by an in-vogue aged-look sole unit underfoot.
The Elevate High flaunts a harmonious blend of Sail, Kinetic Green, Muslin, Gum Yellow, Cone, and Pale Ivory shades. Some of its standout features include the Kinetic Green Swooshes, meticulous exposed stitching, a heel stamp showcasing the "BBS" branding, and the distinct "UN/LA" tag gracefully placed on the lateral side. Adding a pop of color is the Orange Wings logo at the ankle, paired with the classic "Nike Air" logo on the insoles. The design is elegantly rounded off with a Sail-hued midsole and a robust Gum rubber outsole.
The Union x Bephie's Beauty Supply x Air Jordan 1 "Summer of '96" Collection is set to release on August 26th, 2023, at select Jordan Brand retailers, store.unionlosangeles.com, and Nike.com (SNKRS), for a retail price of $200 USD each.