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11 posts tagged "Converse"

Riccardo Tisci, All Star?


Announced today: the first collaboration between Converse and Givenchy, a new sneaker that draws on both Riccardo Tisci’s signature fascinations (crosses, leopard print) and Converse traditions (details borrowed from sixties-era Chuck Taylors). Waiting for, as they say, the other shoe to drop? Here it is: The kicks are available exclusively in Japan; they’ll hit Converse stores there, as well as Givenchy shop-in-shops at Mitsukoshi, Isetan, and Hankyu, on April 27.

Photo: Courtesy of Givenchy

The Chuck Stops Here


Back in the old days, customizing your Chuck Taylors took a Sharpie marker and a free period in junior high school. Times have changed, and at Converse’s new Soho store—the label’s second-ever retail space, and first in New York—there’s an entire custom-design station, staffed with “customization maestros” (surely the most eye-opening job title to hit the neighborhood since Apple installed “Geniuses” at its fix-it bar down the block). Hand your sneaks over to said maestro, watch him feed them into what looks like a giant, industrial espresso machine, and 20 minutes later, voilà: custom Chucks, patterned or printed however you want them.

Converse isn’t only shoes, of course, and the shop carries its men’s and women’s clothing, as well as a new series of T-shirts shouting out NYC boroughs and neighborhoods. The decor, in keeping with the brand’s sports and rock ‘n’ roll heritage, is decorated with reclaimed bleachers (with names still carved into the wood), subway tiles, basketball scoreboards, and chain-link fencing. There’s even a giant American flag—made of 648 pairs of red, white, and blue All Stars.

Converse opens this Friday at 560 Broadway, NYC, (212) 966-1099.

Photos: Courtesy of Converse

Guerre Apparent


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.

Photo: Courtesy of Nom de Guerre

When Chuck Met Angela


Is it just us? The zigzags may officially tie back to Missoni’s Fall men’s collection, but we think these new Angela Missoni-designed Converse Chuck Taylor All-Stars are the perfect match for her Spring womenswear (left). Very Isadora Duncan at an Ibiza rave. They retail for $200 at Missoni boutiques and Jeffrey in New York and Atlanta.

Photo: Steven Torres (shoe); Marcio Madeira/ (runway)

Rie Rages, Tommy Forgives, And More…


From the Department of We’re Staying Out Of It: Model Rie Rasmussen apparently took Terry Richardson to task in Paris for exploiting models. [Page Six]

Details are finally emerging about the notorious Tommy Hilfiger/Axl Rose brawl of 2006. (We know—you’ve been on the edge of your seat ever since!) Apparently Axl pushed Tommy, Tommy called him rude, and a punch or two was thrown. Don’t worry, they’re bros again. Phew. [Vogue U.K.]

The weird/wonderful Japanese menswear line Number (N)ine is sadly shuttered, but its last collaboration, a range of sneakers with Converse, hits stores this weekend (pictured). Get ‘em while you can. [Cool Hunting via Racked]

Fashion favorite (and Balenciaga campaign star) Charlotte Gainsbourg is taking her show on the road. First stop: Coachella, California’s outdoor music fest. [Pitchfork via Hint Mag]

We usually try not to get too invested in the goings and comings in Barbie Land, but you may like to know that the girl’s got a friend, Darren, on the scene. The guy’s got connections: Jay-Z personally selected his outfit from Rocawear’s collections. [Nylon]