John Elliott continues delivering appreciably wearable collections, bridging the Spring/Summer 2019 and Fall/Winter 2019 gap with his expansive, yet grounded, Pre-Fall 2019 offering. Despite this range slotting in between two large deliveries, it’s packed with colorful, covetable layering pieces and exclusive collaborations.
This is our first Pre-Fall collection, and the thought process behind it was framed around delivering product during high summer," Elliott tells us. "I was in Europe for about 12 days during the World Cup, when it was scorching hot. During that time, I had the privilege of driving around the Amalfi Coast thinking about what I want to wear in this sort of climate." This desire to beat the heat in style yielded the collection’s breathable nylon windbreakers, climbing-belted shorts, slouchy drop shoulder hoodies and bold animal-printed pouches, simultaneously "telling a story about my childhood, my teenage years playing basketball, and creating product that was appropriate for the warmest months."
Along with the raw-hemmed denim shorts (crafted in Japan, as usual) and open-collar twill shirts, the collection includes special collaborative items. These include treated leather riders jackets crafted by Blackmeans and accessories provided by Japanese leather- and silver-smiths M.A.R.S., along with another new colorway of LeBron James’ signature Icon sneaker. This time, the court-ready sneaker surfaces in "Volt," with a bright yellow upper that matches several other items in the Pre-Fall 2019 collection.
The John Elliott x Nike LeBron Icon QS finally gets a release date. https://t.co/tTIpZlnzxU
— HYPEBEAST (@HYPEBEAST) July 30, 2018
"We’ve been working with Nike for almost three years," recalls Elliott. "[it’s] a collaboration I really cherish. I knew we would be debuting a pair of the LeBron Icon in a "Volt" color way. It was such a fun burst of color that we thought it would be proper of us to inject that color into our core products, so for the first time ever there’ll be tees and French terry in a "Volt" colorway. … we’re excited to get some more ICON color ways out this year.
The new collection hits John Elliott’s web store April 23 with weekly product updates through June. A black iteration of Elliott’s collaborative LeBron Icon will hit the retail location later this spring.
Most recently, LeBron was named one of TIME‘s 100 most influential people.