ALL FOR 1

ALL FOR 1

The Air Force 1 has become a representation of hard work and determination just as much as style and fashion. Together with Girlgaze, we are recognizing local unsung heroes who love Air Force 1 and who are igniting change in their communities.  They are all voices who understand that we are greater than the sum of our parts as we move forward all for 1.

The Air Force 1 has become a representation of hard work and determination just as much as style and fashion. Together with Girlgaze, we are recognizing local unsung heroes who love Air Force 1 and who are igniting change in their communities.  They are all voices who understand that we are greater than the sum of our parts as we move forward all for 1.

MAKERS STUDIO

MAKERS STUDIO

Unleash your inner artist and customize a pair Air Force 1’s during a Makers Studio session. No pre-registration required. First-come, first-serve.


12.6

Nike x Carhartt WIP Makers Studio

at Bodega DTLA

 

12.12 - 12.13

Makers Studio FORCE experience 

at Finish Line Del Amo

 

12.13 - 12.15

Makers Studio FORCE experience 

at Nike The Grove

 

12.15 - 12.16

Makers Studio FORCE experience 

at Finish Line Century City

Unleash your inner artist and customize a pair Air Force 1’s during a Makers Studio session. No pre-registration required. First-come, first-serve.


12.6

Nike x Carhartt WIP Makers Studio

at Bodega DTLA

 

12.12 - 12.13

Makers Studio FORCE experience 

at Finish Line Del Amo

 

12.13 - 12.15

Makers Studio FORCE experience 

at Nike The Grove

 

12.15 - 12.16

Makers Studio FORCE experience 

at Finish Line Century City

CHANIEL

CHANIEL

As the Drew League’s first female commissioner, Chaniel Smiley is powered by her unified community: the resilience, determination, & strength as one. Chaniel knows the impact that the Drew has on LA and their neighborhood. Originally formed in 1973 to offer a place of respite for local kids through the love of basketball, it’s always been a special place of gathering for locals, but has often been overshadowed. 

 

“What I do feels effortless because I enjoy it and I love to see my community win. South Central and Watts have been depicted in a negative light: gangs, violence, drugs, poverty. But I know for a fact that there are great people who live here and work relentlessly to make their community better.”

 

For Chaniel, the true strength of her community lies in the power of the people to unite.

As the Drew League’s first female commissioner, Chaniel Smiley is powered by her unified community: the resilience, determination, & strength as one. Chaniel knows the impact that the Drew has on LA and their neighborhood. Originally formed in 1973 to offer a place of respite for local kids through the love of basketball, it’s always been a special place of gathering for locals, but has often been overshadowed. 

 

“What I do feels effortless because I enjoy it and I love to see my community win. South Central and Watts have been depicted in a negative light: gangs, violence, drugs, poverty. But I know for a fact that there are great people who live here and work relentlessly to make their community better.”

 

For Chaniel, the true strength of her community lies in the power of the people to unite.

“ ‘All For 1’ to me means strength in numbers, individuals who strive towards the same goal to make sure it gets done, moving as a force together, putting aside any differences and egotistic behavior to get the job done.”

 

For her, basketball culture is who she is, both on and off the court.

 

“When I received my first pair of AF1s, I was a freshman in high school. I wore the all white pair to match my school uniform and I wore them with almost everything. After the AF1 song came out in 2002, everyone had them in all sorts of colors, which made it even cooler to rock them on campus. You can never go wrong with a fresh pair of AF1s, as long as you keep them clean.”

“ ‘All For 1’ to me means strength in numbers, individuals who strive towards the same goal to make sure it gets done, moving as a force together, putting aside any differences and egotistic behavior to get the job done.”

 

For her, basketball culture is who she is, both on and off the court.

 

“When I received my first pair of AF1s, I was a freshman in high school. I wore the all white pair to match my school uniform and I wore them with almost everything. After the AF1 song came out in 2002, everyone had them in all sorts of colors, which made it even cooler to rock them on campus. You can never go wrong with a fresh pair of AF1s, as long as you keep them clean.”

KHERIS

KHERIS

Kheris Rogers only just started middle school, but has already ignited a movement. After being teased for her dark complexion, the small-but-mighty 12-year-old founded Flexin’ in My Complexion, an empowering movement of being confident in your own skin.

 

“Together, we can make a difference in the world, empower a new generation of leaders, and encourage others to love themselves unconditionally.”

Kheris Rogers only just started middle school, but has already ignited a movement. After being teased for her dark complexion, the small-but-mighty 12-year-old founded Flexin’ in My Complexion, an empowering movement of being confident in your own skin.

 

“Together, we can make a difference in the world, empower a new generation of leaders, and encourage others to love themselves unconditionally.”

Inspired by the strength found in her community and by the Air Force 1, Kheris knows the future is bright — as long as we all come together.

 

“For me, ‘All For 1’ means that we’re all in this together, working to accomplish a common goal. Teamwork makes the dream work!”

 

South Central born-and-bred in a single-parent household, Kheris’ journey with the AF1 is a personal and empowering one.

 

“I remember begging my mom every year to buy me a pair of all black AF1s for the first day of school. Last summer, I started saving my money. Just before school started, I was able to buy my own pair of all black Air Force 1s to start middle school with!”

Inspired by the strength found in her community and by the Air Force 1, Kheris knows the future is bright — as long as we all come together.

 

“For me, ‘All For 1’ means that we’re all in this together, working to accomplish a common goal. Teamwork makes the dream work!”

 

South Central born-and-bred in a single-parent household, Kheris’ journey with the AF1 is a personal and empowering one.

 

“I remember begging my mom every year to buy me a pair of all black AF1s for the first day of school. Last summer, I started saving my money. Just before school started, I was able to buy my own pair of all black Air Force 1s to start middle school with!”

THEO

THEO

For local creative Theo Martins, his community could be found everywhere, but had no home — so he created his own local spot for people to gather. With his launch of Cereal and Such, a hybrid cereal bar and community creative space, Theo is giving his neighborhood a place to unite and fulfilling his calling.

 

“To be recognized for my contributions is a great honor, but is something I believe is my duty nonetheless.”

 

The power of community shines through in more than just the inspiration of the AF1: it also embraces the culture of the shoe.

For local creative Theo Martins, his community could be found everywhere, but had no home — so he created his own local spot for people to gather. With his launch of Cereal and Such, a hybrid cereal bar and community creative space, Theo is giving his neighborhood a place to unite and fulfilling his calling.

 

“To be recognized for my contributions is a great honor, but is something I believe is my duty nonetheless.”

 

The power of community shines through in more than just the inspiration of the AF1: it also embraces the culture of the shoe.

“ ‘All For 1’ speaks to a united voice. A united front. A group gathered in one accord for a singular purpose, for your community. For the AF1, there’s no barrier to entry and that’s what I love most about it. It was the first shoe my parents bought for me. Growing up in a first generation Nigerian household, my parents wanted something that looked good new and looked good 6 months from new.

 

“All of the older guys who I admired in my neighborhood wore them, and I wanted to be just like them. I’d wash them with toothbrushes to keep ‘em clean, threw the laces in the washer and hung them to dry. Everyone shares that story because we’ve all done it. That’s part of the community.”

“ ‘All For 1’ speaks to a united voice. A united front. A group gathered in one accord for a singular purpose, for your community. For the AF1, there’s no barrier to entry and that’s what I love most about it. It was the first shoe my parents bought for me. Growing up in a first generation Nigerian household, my parents wanted something that looked good new and looked good 6 months from new.

 

“All of the older guys who I admired in my neighborhood wore them, and I wanted to be just like them. I’d wash them with toothbrushes to keep ‘em clean, threw the laces in the washer and hung them to dry. Everyone shares that story because we’ve all done it. That’s part of the community.”

SAM

SAM

For Sam Brambila, she knows she can lead by example. The Undefeated associate is redefining sneaker culture for her and empowering women to follow her lead, and her community is a huge part of that.

 

“We should look out for one another as best we can. A community is a place you should be happy to call your home, to be inspired by.”

For Sam Brambila, she knows she can lead by example. The Undefeated associate is redefining sneaker culture for her and empowering women to follow her lead, and her community is a huge part of that.

 

“We should look out for one another as best we can. A community is a place you should be happy to call your home, to be inspired by.”

In an industry dominated by men, she knows that once we come together, more can be accomplished. 

 

“ ‘All For 1’ means that everyone is in this together. If one person wins, we all win.”

 

Sam’s history with AF1s started in Jr. High, where wearing the shoe was more than just a piece of your style – it was a rite of passage.

 

“My first Air Force 1 memory that I remember was when I was in Jr. High. Almost every single person would have on Air Force 1’s. Black on black, all whites, yellow, blue, but mostly black on black because you know parents didn’t trust their kids with all white shoes.  If you didn’t have Air Force 1’s in school, you missed out.”

In an industry dominated by men, she knows that once we come together, more can be accomplished. 

 

“ ‘All For 1’ means that everyone is in this together. If one person wins, we all win.”

 

Sam’s history with AF1s started in Jr. High, where wearing the shoe was more than just a piece of your style – it was a rite of passage.

 

“My first Air Force 1 memory that I remember was when I was in Jr. High. Almost every single person would have on Air Force 1’s. Black on black, all whites, yellow, blue, but mostly black on black because you know parents didn’t trust their kids with all white shoes.  If you didn’t have Air Force 1’s in school, you missed out.”

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