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Converse

Converse X JW Anderson

The Converse X JW Anderson collection of footwear represents a daring interpretation of the contrasts between iconic Converse silhouettes and JW Anderson’s provoking design aesthetic.
Together, the two brands provide a juxtaposition of masculinity and femininity, creating a unique tension between style and culture.

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According to Jonathan, “From my very first pair, Converse have represented such a radical movement in style and culture. The contrasts and similarities between the world of Converse and the world of JW Anderson creates a space of culture tension that’s a dream to play within as a designer.”

Converse and JW Anderson exist at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. The space between JW Anderson’s forward-thinking design pushing high fashion’s boundaries, and the iconic, made-for-everyone sneaker creates the driving force behind this collaboration. Together, the brands celebrate the collaboration through the lens of youth culture pioneer, Larry Clark. The creative effort explores the provocative, daring space of opposing ideas and complementary ideals.

The unisex collection intentionally dances across the lines of what’s traditionally considered masculine and feminine through bold colors, glam glitter and elevated details across classic Converse styles.

“The Glitter_Gutter style stemmed from the idea of breaking iconic silhouettes with something unexpected,” says designer Jonathan Anderson. “Taking the glitter out of context and wearing it with a pair of washed chinos, for example.” To create this tension, where past and future meet, Anderson brought pop art contrast, vintage-inspired details and unexpected materials – along with his personal love for Converse – to the collection’s three attention-getting silhouettes. Here’s what he had to say about his approach to each icon.

“This is a universal icon item that everybody should have. They’re part of my daily uniform. I will wear them until they fall apart!” – on the Chuck ’70 style.

As a key part of Anderson’s personal look, it was only fitting that the Chuck ’70 became the core silhouette in Glitter_Gutter. The deliberate nuance and refined features of the Chuck ’70 allowed for designs that are at once feminine and masculine. “I wanted to make sure the shoe felt modern, but underline its timeless features’, added Anderson.

When discussing the thunderbolt, Anderson noted “it’s another functionality than the Chuck, and it’s very easy to wear.”

“We wanted to work on a product that could still read as a low Chuck ’70, but work on the details. A vintage ballerina that inspired it was actually more of a sport slipper in mesh. I liked the functionality and lightness of that shoe, and we decided to adapt some details to reinterpret the icon’.

For the first time, converse introduces a Chuck ’70 remix with a U-throat ballet low top. One of the most daring pieces in the collection, the classic low top sneaker silhouette meets vintage ballet slipper detailing for a totally fresh take on the Chuck.

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