The Martine Rose Monarch Retails for $250

The Martine Rose Monarch Retails for $250

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Concepts isn’t the only brand that will be collaborating with Nike on the Air Monarch, as London-based designer Martine Rose has designed two upcoming colorways.

Her first collaboration with Nike, a capsule featuring tracksuits, football jerseys and a completely re-articulated Nike Air Monarch.

“When we started, we never just followed the rules, really because our access was blocked. For one reason or another we had to find different ways to show,” Rose said.

The shape itself follows on the same imaginative exercise as the apparel, but with more even experimentation — beginning with fitting a size 18 upper to size 9 tooling. Bringing this vision to commercial life required inventive development. Thus, Rose’s Air Monarch was built as a series of molds that were topped with stretched synthetic leather. Only one shoe has a similar construction, itself an American standard: the Nike Foamposite.

“We wanted some of the forms to spill over the base and we wanted the heel on the outfit to be further out than the sole…things we were initially told couldn’t be done,” said Rose. “But everyone kept on pushing and we ended up developing these new shapes and ideas.”

Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch

Color: Black/Black-Black
Style Code: AT3147-001
Release Date: January 12, 2019
Price: $250

Where to Buy:
Nike.com

Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch

Color: White/Metallic Silver-Midnight Navy
Style Code: AT3147-100
Release Date: January 12, 2019
Price: $250

Where to Buy:
Nike.com

Look for the Martine Rose x Nike Air Monarch 4, alongside a collection of oversized sportswear pieces, to begin releasing on January 12th at select retailers and Nike.com for $250 a pop.

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