Errolson Hugh Talks Acronym x Nike Lunar Force 1 & Meeting Bruce Kilgore

“What’s the point of doing all this different stuff if you’re gonna just repeat yourself?”

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Following the reveal of the all-white ACR x Nike Lunar Force 1 for the AF100, designer Errolson Hugh went on to discusses the ideas behind the model. Opening up about his fears for the potential reception, Hugh relates the shoe’s design, maintaining creativity and more.

On his history with the silhouette:

Even though we don’t have a history with the shoe, we knew how much the shoe was regarded, and we knew we couldn’t mess it up. A lot of people would get upset. We tried to make sure we did as good of a job as we could, but also do our job and make it as good as we could.

On designing multiple shoes for Nike:

The Presto is the third shoe we designed, but the second that came out. The Downtown came out third, but we designed it the same time as we did the Lunars. The Prestos were the fastest shoe we made. We did them super fast, and we were like, “OK, this is cool.” Having done two other shoes, it was easier for us, because we had our approach. That was a lot smoother for us.

On creating different designs:

We try to be super vigilant about making sure they’re different. What’s the point of doing all this different stuff if you’re gonna just repeat yourself? It seems super boring. So if anything, if we work on projects that are similar, but they’re probably more different than if two different people worked on them. The coincidence that two different designers can have the same idea at the same time happens more often than you think. So when we do two projects that are in the similar space, we’re super aware of how we can solve the problem but do it differently. We think about what are the intrinsic strengths of the project and material. We think, “What can Nike do and can’t do with Acronym?” So we always end up in different spaces.

On meeting Bruce Kilgore, the designer of the Air Force 1:

We try to be super vigilant about making sure they’re different. What’s the point of doing all this different stuff if you’re gonna just repeat yourself? It seems super boring. So if anything, if we work on projects that are similar, but they’re probably more different than if two different people worked on them. The coincidence that two different designers can have the same idea at the same time happens more often than you think. So when we do two projects that are in the similar space, we’re super aware of how we can solve the problem but do it differently. We think about what are the intrinsic strengths of the project and material. We think, “What can Nike do and can’t do with Acronym?” So we always end up in different spaces.

Look for the new Acronym x Nike Lunar Force 1 to release on November 4 at ComplexCon, ahead of its wider release on December 3. Read the interview in its entirety over at Complex.

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