Converse’s Creative All Star series encourages the next generation to embrace their individuality and strengthen their talents through experiences that mobilise creativity and the exchange of ideas.
On Thursday 13th February in London, two of our #offspringhqcommunity patch winners had the chance to learn, craft and celebrate the game of basketball, the London way. Using Converse’s heritage to put a new twist on fashion and creativity, while also utilizing products as a canvas for creative expression and personalization by local London collaborators and creatives.
On Thursday 16th July, Offspring will release the next installment of the ‘Community Chuck 70’s’ pack with Converse.
The collection features both the Converse Chuck 70 Hi and Lo models, but this time around we have opted for a more muted colour palette in shades of grey, using premium tumbled leather & nubuck.
This release will come with all the original details from the first collection as well a few new upgrades; embossed lightning bolt on the vamp, secret debossed members name label on the tongue and Offspringhq deboss on the midsole. The Community laces are another signature detail of the collection.
You can find the collection online from 6pm on 16th July
The Low retails for £74.99 and the Hi retails for £79.99
The iconic One Star 74 was recently released, and with the upcoming Tyler the Creator collaboration, Converse is the star of the sneaker show.
Converse is an iconic footwear brand, and what was once a basic basketball shoe design found its purpose beyond the court.The humble All Star has been regularly updated or altered in one way or another since it was introduced a century ago.Despite being a relative underachiever on its original release, the Converse One Star’s impact has been substantial.
What was once classified as the All Star, the One Star shoe made it’s debut 1970s, but a bigger release was noted in 1974.The One Star’s comeback has arrived with welcomed modifications. Notable collaborations have been with Tokyo’s fragment design that redefines familiarity with a tactile type of suede, while Neighborhood play on metal and hardcore connections. Tyler The Creator is set to launch his collaboration with One Star, and we eagerly await the release.
Converse recently dropped their latest campaign, Forever Chuck. Starring noteworthy culture drivers like Millie Bobbie Brown, Maisie Williams, Winnie Harlowe and Vince Staples.
The footage was directed by Karim Huu Do, where modern day heroes share their Converse story. Contemporary street culture is merged with a rich brand history and the result of a new-age spirit of Chuck is formed.
Check out the video on our Instagram page.
Amsterdam based jeans makers Denham have teamed up with Converse to produce 2 pairs of limited edition Jack Purcell’s. A historic trainer that dates back to the 1930’s, these cotton canvas classics started off on the badminton courts and slowly transcended to the city streets.
The Converse Jack Purcell x Denham sneaker’s classic canvas upper is the perfect textural complement to thoughtfully crafted denim. The clean white midsole is offset by a solid black toe, while the outsole is enhanced by an embossed leather Jack Purcell logo, inspired by the leather patches sewn onto the waistband of a pair of jeans. A contrasting top eyelet brings to mind a pocket rivet; the kind of detailing that draws in a more discerning eye. Denham’s own nod to the famed Jack Purcell toecap is seen on the heel, where their illustrative scissor logo is reconfigured to make the cutting shears “smile.”
The limited Converse Jack Purcell x Denham pack launches on April 11th and will only be available at the Offspring Selfridges London store.
The fusion of high fashion with our favourite sneaker brands always manages to deliver and the latest collaboration sees Converse join forces with avant garde French fashion house, Maison Martin Margiela. As part of Converse First String this limited edition collection celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level.
The first time collaboration features the Chuck Taylor All Star and Jack Purcell silhouettes, which are each completely hand painted in Maison Martin Marigiela’s iconic white paint. Coating the entire upper, eyelets, laces and soles, the paint will naturally crack with wear to reveal the original colours beneath.
Founded in 1988, Maison Martin Margiela is a fashion house that often sits outside the conventional fashion framework. An architect of fashion, the collections are well known for reinventing silhouettes, modifying shapes and changing the original use and movement of garments.
Their identity aligns perfectly with Converse’s philosophy of being a platform for creativity. “The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling. A sort of poetry, with the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself” says Maison Martin Margiela.
These unique styles will be available in 4 colour ways from Converse’s archives; red, black, navy and Margiela exclusive vintage yellow and are all lined in premium off-white leather.
This pack will only be available in store at Selfridges London, from 20th September 2013.