A Ma Maniere brings its street regal aesthetic to the Air Jordan 1 with the “Airness” colorway. This ultra-luxe design comes at no surprise as A Ma Maniere’s brand tradition of classic, timeless, and luxury is showcased in this upcoming collaborative sneaker.
The A Ma Maniere x Air Jordan 1 High OG is made of tones of rich “Burgundy Crush” and timeless “Sail.” Premium burgundy snakeskin dresses the Nike Swoosh and the upper lining of the sneaker. Other intricate details include metal lace tips with the A Ma Maniere signature, which appears again on the tongue tab and the insole. To complete the sneaker, Whitner incorporates a Michael Jordan quote on the inside of the ankle tab: “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.”
The sneaker is “inspired by the Black community’s pride, power, influence, and resilience in the face of adversity and injustice, and the project serves as an ode to uplift the Black community and celebrate the power of its unified voice” The Whitaker Group said via press release.
A Ma Maniere has produced and released a short film called “Airness” which tells the backstory and inspiration for the brand’s upcoming projects and initiatives. Narrated by Jordan Brand Chairman Larry Miller, the short film highlights the Black community’s pride, power, influence, and resilience amidst constant injustice, exploitation, and adversity.
A Ma Maniere Founder and Whitaker Group Owner and Founder James Whitner stated in a press release about the short film, “In the world of sneakers and fashion, holding up the mirror shouldn’t always just reveal what you want to see but perhaps what you should see. We have the responsibility to show the realities of our community’s experiences and continue the difficult conversations that make us all better. These realities are felt daily and in real time by Black communities – not just when they’re in the news cycle. We have to show both sides – if we don’t, we’re not doing our job and being of service to the culture and industry. We have to face these issues and open the dialogue when no-one wants to.” Airness is about owning our superpowers – our communities rising and coming together to reclaim and understand the power of our voice. Together, we are unbreakable. But it also speaks to the imperfections that we all have to fight through and get past. We live in a system that doesn’t consider us but relies on our influence to thrive. The issues that plague us are systemic – yet we are expected to navigate the same system that holds us back and tears us apart to somehow better our lives and make better decisions? They always want to speak of the outcomes – what we want is to make sure we keep talking about the causes. It’s a lot to unpack – but these moments can’t be about just product. It’s bigger than that. It’s a wake up call for us all to do better and be better to move forever forward – together. We have to embrace both the shade and the shine, the fall and the rise – not just when it’s comfortable but all the time. That’s real progress. That’s Airness.”
After dropping in-store and online at A-Ma-Maniere.com, the A Ma Maniere x Air Jordan 1 High OG is set to drop via SNKRS on December 3rd, retailing for $200. Check out the photos and the “Airness” short film below and stay tuned to our Sneaker Release Dates page for the latest sneaker drop dates.
A Ma Maniere x Air Jordan 1 High OG
Colorway:Sail / Burgundy Crush
Release Date:December 3, 2021