FORCE X GIRLGAZE
ALL FOR 1
The women’s Air Force 1 Sage Hi and the Air Force 1 Utility are two new iterations of the classic Air Force 1 that are not only suited for the season, but also perfectly crafted for showcasing your own personal style. With that design ethos in mind, Nike has partnered with Girlgaze to highlight the latest Air Force 1s and the larger collective of female-identifying creatives, which has grown into a global community that truly represents the All for 1 mentality and works to spotlight the unsung heroes in photography, directing and beyond.
Girlgaze is an innovative platform that provides jobs by directly connecting their global community of female-identifying creatives with brand partners. For All for 1, Nike and Girlgaze worked together to identify photographers across North America that could amplify the spirit of the Air Force 1 through their creative lens. The photoshoots were also an opportunity to recruit young creatives from the community as part of the crews. The end result is a truly collaborative, authentic and raw collection of photography that celebrates unstoppable forces.
BY DARIA KOBAYASHI RITCH
Sam Brambila got into fashion and shoes as a personal hobby, and her passion for both has pushed her to not only do what she loves, but also to share it with her community. “All for 1 to me means that everyone is in this together. If one person wins, we all win,” she says. For her, Air Force 1s are an undeniable staple in LA and beyond. “I wear Air Force 1s every day…they can be simple or something amazing.” In a male dominated industry, Sam is blazing a new path at Undefeated, fueling her passion for fashion and sneakers on a daily basis while interacting with those who share the same obsession.
BY ASHLEY ARMITAGE
Rachel James is a creative director and CEO from the south suburbs of Chicago. “Freedom keeps me coming back every day in entrepreneurship. I can’t think of anything else.” With Pear Nova, she started a nail lacquer brand that bridges the gap between fashion and beauty, but her style is also influenced by her upbringing in Chicago. “It’s always cold [in Chicago] so I love to layer.” While Rachel is all about entrepreneurship, she also values the power of the collective in her community. “All for 1 is the idea that collaboration is better than competition, with everyone in the same space pushing their talents into the universe.”
BY HEATHER HAZZAN
Jenny Dembrow has been a part of the Lower Eastside Girls Club since it was founded in 1996. What began as a reaction to three boys only clubs in the neighborhood, has grown into a movement with national and global partner organizations. Two decades later, the organization still maintains its grassroots energy and progressive ethos, guided by a vision of social justice. “I don’t necessarily see myself as an unsung hero, I see myself as a person with purpose and I feel fortunate to be a vital part of this community helping to raise the next generation of leaders.” Jenny is pictured here with her extraordinary co-workers Valerie Polanco, Erikka James and two girls club members, which lends itself to the All for 1 spirit of the Girls Club. “Together we imagine a brighter, more just future and we dedicate each day to making that vision a reality”