Future is Female: Karabo Poppy

Karabo Poppy, who formed part of one of our first Sneaker LAB Artist Series, and Nike By You have teamed up to create a collection of uniquely South African Air Force 1s. The collection is inspired by Karabo’s local roots and South Africa’s rich and diverse culture.

Karabo Poppy x Nike By You Air Force 1s

Release Date: 7 November 2019

Available HERE

Karabo added her personal touch to the famous sneakers by using symbols, inspired by South African beauty salon and barber signs, and vivid patterns and palettes, inspired by modern and traditional African beaded bracelets.

With Nike By You collections being customizable, you will be able to make your sneaker completely your own! You will be able to choose between three colors for the silhouette, bronze, maize yellow, and natural white, as well as let your own creativity take charge by adding a wide array of heritage accents from comb dubraes, to all-over embroideries, to flamboyant patches that cover the Swoosh logo.

Here’s a closer look at your potential options:


We’re proud to see Karabo continuing to do incredible things with her super creative flair. It made us look back on our previous collaboration that shared similar inspiration from barber and beauty salon posters around South Africa. Listen to what she had to say about South African culture and how Braamfontein brings an African aesthetic and narrative.

Well done Karabo!

Have a watch here:



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