LeBron James took his talents to West Africa.
Well, sort of.
King James, 36, has collaborated with Ghanaian-born designer Mimi Plange to develop his dynamic new LeBron XVIII Low x Mimi Plange “Higher Learning” line of shoes for Nike.
Plange, who was born in Ghana and raised in Southern California, is a fashion superstar. Her designs have been worn by former First Lady Michelle Obama, Rihanna and Gabrielle Union, who follow her on Instagram. And Plange’s designs were worn in Eddie Murphy’s Coming 2 America as part of the team led by Oscar winner Ruth E. Carter.
She was able to translate King James’ vision of a new shoe design into reality. Its inspiration is derived from the “iconic university style”, Atlanta Black Star reports, and comes in four different colored patterns that have “social significance as a status symbol and as a vehicle of identity”.
Plange told Nike she was excited to extend her African-inspired fashion sense to a different canvas than she’s used to.
“It’s amazing to shine a light where there hasn’t been enough light: to bring more voice into the design,” Plange told Nike according to Atlanta Black Star. “Having space to express a sense of self through design has a lot of power. “
Plange, who has become a household name in the fashion world, said of discussions Face2Face Africa in 2019 from which emanates his incredible creativity.
“I’m inspired by African body art and body modification, and what I love to do is take that and do something really modern and something new with that. I make American sportswear, but it’s mixed with influences from mainstream history, ”she said. “More like body scarifications on the face or geometries or architecture. All of these things got mixed up. “