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Virgil Abloh Designed and Signed Louis Vuitton ‘LV I (RED) Trainer’ Prototype

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Estimate:

30,000 - 40,000 USD

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Virgil Abloh Designed and Signed Louis Vuitton ‘LV I (RED) Trainer’ Prototype

Virgil Abloh Designed and Signed Louis Vuitton ‘LV I (RED) Trainer’ Prototype

Estimate:

30,000 - 40,000 USD

Lot sold:

44,100

USD

LOUIS VUITTON, ‘LV TRAINER’, SIZE 9 (UK)

Rubber, Leather, Cotton

2019

The sneakers are in excellent overall condition, coming direct from the manufacturer. There is a slight smudge at the top of the ‘G’, ‘R,’ and ‘I’ in Mr. Abloh’s signature. 

 

The sneakers are also inscribed “© 2021” on the outside left sneaker, which is not pictured. 

 

For a more detailed condition report or photos, please email Brahm.wachter@sothebys.com.

 

The lot is sold in the condition it is in at the time of sale. The condition report is provided to assist you with assessing the condition of the lot and is for guidance only. Any reference to condition in the condition report for the lot does not amount to a full description of condition. The images of the lot form part of the condition report for the lot. Certain images of the lot provided online may not accurately reflect the actual condition of the lot. In particular, the online images may represent colors and shades which are different to the lot's actual color and shades. The condition report for the lot may make reference to particular imperfections of the lot but you should note that the lot may have other faults not expressly referred to in the condition report for the lot or shown in the online images of the lot. The condition report may not refer to all faults, restoration, alteration or adaptation. The condition report is a statement of opinion only. For that reason, the condition report is not an alternative to taking your own professional advice regarding the condition of the lot. NOTWITHSTANDING THIS ONLINE CONDITION REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE.

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First presented during Virgil Abloh’s debut Spring-Summer 2019 show for Louis Vuitton, the LV Trainer has become a staple menswear sneaker. Flirting with nostalgia and borrowing its lines from basketball shoes, the Louis Vuitton I (RED) LV Trainer features embossed Monogram on white leather with bright red piping and details. Monogram flowers are embedded across the sole of the low-top sneaker. Made in Italy, the LV Trainer is innovative and entirely embellished with Louis Vuitton House codes while nodding to (RED)’s signatures and powerful messaging.

 

Personally signed by Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, the one-of-a-kind sneaker stays true to its name: men’s size 9 UK is the standard Louis Vuitton prototype shoe size and the side grid on this pair is unicolored in bright red, later adjusted to white by Virgil Abloh for the actual production launch. 

 

The lot is sold in support of the charitable organization (RED). (RED) is named for the color of emergency and was founded 15 years ago to engage businesses and people in one of the world's greatest health emergencies, the AIDS pandemic. Today, as COVID-19 threatens to undo the progress of the AIDS fight, (RED) is supporting the fight against two deadly pandemics by generating money for the Global Fund through (RED)-branded goods and experiences.



To date, (RED) has generated over $650 million for the Global Fund to support HIV/AIDS grants primarily in sub-Saharan Africa. Global Fund grants that (RED) supports have impacted 180 million people with prevention, treatment, counseling, HIV testing and care services. Today, (RED) money continues to support these programs as well as efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 on critical health services for the world’s most vulnerable.