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Optimism Radiates from the Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Doernbecher” by Riddhi Mahajan

“Daisies just make me happy, and I like that they open up in the sunshine.”


[Update 13 Feb 2023] New product images of the “Doernbecher” AJ1 Low have arrived. Riddhi Mahajan’s design brings new life to the archetypal silhouette. It’s positive and vibrant motifs rarely seen on the oft-austere model. The titular collection is primarily auctioned off for fundraising purposes but they do get a retail release, aptly in limited quantities. They’re expected to arrive in 1 March with a consolidated price point between US$100 to US$230. 


Nike unveiled its 18th annual Doernbecher Freestyle in October, showcasing six distinct styles from six up-and-coming designers. Following the in-person auction that took place earlier in the year, the collection, which includes timeless designs like the Air Huarache and Air Max 90, is anticipated to see a broader release in 2023. And Tony Mui, one of the numerous people working behind the scenes at the event, is helping us get a better look at the Riddhi Mahajan-designed Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Doernbecher.”

Riddhi Mahajan, a 15-year-old patient at Doernbecher Hospital, exemplifies multipotentiality, and her optimism is reflected in the official color scheme of “Gorge Green/Court Purple-White-Barely Volt-Sail.”

Starting with the laces, which are colored in a style that mimics a rainbow, the overlays nearby with their rich, deep greens seem to replicate the grass that is beneath our feet. The insoles also reflect the indigo oceans, and daisies bloom barely across the heel and the tongue label. As a constant reminder that there is always something to look forward to, the silhouette includes uplifting slogans throughout, such as “Radiate Positivity” and “Brand New Day.”

When Riddhi’s family relocated to Portland from Washington, D.C. three years ago, the young designer first met Doernbecher. As the family was adjusting into their new life, she experienced major difficulties in her sinuses and lungs that required weeks of hospitalization and resulted in the diagnosis of cystic fibrosis.

As of the time of writing, the Air Jordan 1 Low OG “Doernbecher” has a confirmed release date of 1 March 2023, along with detailed images for a closer look. This pair is part of the Doernbecher Freestyle XVIII collection which includes apparel and accessories. Check back for updates as more information becomes available.

For more 2023 releases, take a sneak peek at the Nike Air Jordan 37 “Bordeaux.”