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This April, Nike Sportswear releases its largest ever collaboration with Liberty's of London for a new collection bringing together iconic styles from their sporting archive in Liberty’s elegant fabric prints. First launched in Spring 2008, the original Liberty Dunks were highly sought after being in very limited numbers. For 2011 however, the 12-pair collection will consist of five models in a variety of vibrant colour palettes for their classic florals, staying true to Liberty's traditional style. Cleverly juxtaposing with the clean lines of the Nike Blazer, Skinny Dunk Hi Premium and Air Force One models, the collection also introduces a brand new silhouette - the Moc Chukka Sandal, exclusive to Liberty London.
The Liberty archive of fabrics containing over 43,000 unique prints provide Nike’s designers with an endless amount of inspiration, where 'Tatum' is a classic micro-floral print, and 'Umbel' takes its references from flora as well as intricate wooden carvings. 'Tom’s Jets' is a detailed print comprising of 1940s wartime planes and a pilot called Tom, whilst 'Ebs' is a graphic tie chevron stripe in a rich pastel palette.
The entire collection is exclusive to Liberty London this April, with select styles hitting Office stores nationwide and independent retailers from 1st May. Prices range from £65-80 per pair.
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