ACRONYM's Errolson Hugh on his Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 collab: \"It's so forward\"

ACRONYM's Errolson Hugh on his Nike Air VaporMax Moc 2 collab: "It's so forward"

A visual feast

Text: Andrea Sim

ACRONYM's upcoming Air VaporMax Moc 2 sneakers is Errolson Hugh's most divergent Nike collaboration yet

Errolson Hugh's MO in a nutshell, is function. His obsession with utility far predates its trendiness in the recent years; the seed of his clothing label ACRONYM's inception in 1999. Hugh's first collaboration with Nike introduced the zipper to its Lunar Force 1, parlaying the laced-up classic into a kick easily slipped on while retaining its core design. The one after unleashed the Air Presto in a breathable fabric and a side zip for the very same purpose. His third, the Air Force 1, received similar treatment

The series of three Air VaporMax Moc 2s however*, saw Hugh honing in on design aspects other than function. He said, "Once the laces are removed and with the elastic tongue...there is not really much that we felt we wanted to do functionally because it's great," leading the designer and his crew to turn the shoe into a visual feast with an original pattern. Its graphics is a grid of the letter 'A', to represent ACRONYM.

"Each of the intersecting lines of the 'A' inside the square makes the surface, and we just deleted and inversed the various surfaces that result from those intersections. It makes for a kind of progression that you get these surprising shapes out of," Hugh explains. Leaving no stone unturned for his first Air VaporMax Moc 2, the shoe's knit upper was also selected for its ability to reflect the warped beauty of the print. A sneaker Hugh coins as "forward", with "absolutely nothing retro about it."

*The first colourway, Light Bone/Volt/Light Bone (not pictured) was released on 26 March.

The Black/Black/Volt and Sail/Cargo Khaki/Dark Stucco Air VaporMax Moc 2 sneakers are launching on April 26 and May 15 respectively. Available on the Nike SNKRS app, online, and selected Nike retailers.