Nom de Guerre, New York’s bellicose-named menswear label, has spent years turning out sharp, military-inspired pieces from a small, subterranean shop on Bleecker Street. It’s stayed largely off the radar—it’s got no visible shop front, after all—but its latest collaboration, on a new sneaker with Converse, may send it flying onto the map. All to the good, we’d say. NdG’s designers (the collective label was founded by Holly Harnsongkram, Wil Whitney, Devon Turnbull, and Isa Saalabi) dug through the archive for the skater-favored Skid Grip CVO style, which they’ve updated in sleek, rubberized black canvas. It’s available exclusively at the Nom de Guerre store in New York and Opening Ceremony in L.A., and to date, nowhere online. (The label’s e-shop is slated to open sometime this summer.) Getting a pair, in other words, still requires a bit of legwork, which may keep the style an insider’s secret a little longer.
$95, available at Nom de Guerre, 640 Bleecker St., NYC, (212) 253-2891, and Opening Ceremony, 451 North La Cienega Blvd., L.A., (310) 652-1120.