Most sneaker connoisseurs will recognize fragment as a long time collaborator with Nike and Jordan Brand over the years. Fragment’s head designer, Hiroshi Fujiwara, recently debuted a new fragment x Air Jordan 3 during a visit to Nike’s Hong Kong retail location.
Fujiwara has shifted the AJ3’s colors, re-working the original “Fire Red” colorway with new azure detailing in place of the standard bright crimson. The signature elephant print overlays have been replaced with a smooth black leather sporting fragment’s trademark debossed lightning bolt badge. The most interesting aspect of the sneaker Gone also are the 3’s signature elephant print overlays, replaced by a smooth black leather that features fragment’s trademark debossed lightning bolt badge. The final detail is found on the shoe’s lateral midsole, above the exposed Nike Air pocket. Factory-style text that includes “SU17” — an indication that this pair could very well be an unreleased sample. This styling also could take a cue from recent Virgil Abloh shoes that similarly had factory text on the shoes upper- a look that Nike has already started on models such as the new Kevin Durant 12.
This possible future release takes a similar design approach and color scheme to fragment’s revered Air Jordan 1 collaboration from 2014 that flipped a classic “Black Toe” colorblocking scheme with blue accents in place of the standard red. Time will tell if these shoes are actually released, but for how much the AJ1’s go for on stockx, we can assume another collaborative effort between fragment and Nike would be received very highly.
At this point in time there is no release date or price for these sneakers. We will keep you posted as we learn more.