Without a doubt, Converse is the oldest stable in our wardrobe. From the first time we pierced our ears and ran away from home, to attending festivals, fashion weeks, and flamboyant fiestas around the world, we’ve kicked in many-a Chuck Taylor in our lifetime and will not stop anytime soon. Jonathan Anderson, on the other hand, is a newer addition to our wardrobe: the Northern Irish designer graduated from London College of Fashion in 2008, and launched his eponymous label J.W Anderson that same year. Since, he’s taken the reigns at Spanish luxury house Loewe, and have continued to mesmerize the world with his seductive silhouettes, pastel color pallets, and gender-fluid designs. Naturally, we couldn’t be more pleased with Converse’s ongoing collaboration with Anderson, who for the last couple of seasons has offered his interpretation of the American shoe manufacturer’s iconic portfolio of designs. Characterizing the collaboration is an experimentation with contrasts, and a play with youth-cultural tropes—to which Converse, a global symbol of adolescent dissonance, is inherently connected. The newest collection, launching April 4th, sees Anderson draw inspiration from the brand’s vintage ballerinas (including the Chuck 70 U-boat) with added modern approaches to materiality and technique. “The original vintage ballerina which inspired Chuck 70 U-boat was actually more of a sports show in mesh, than anything else,” said the designer in a statement. “I liked the functionality and the lightness of the shoe, and we decided to use some of these details to create this new icon.” Perfect for both genders and everything in between, the J.W Chuck is the soles on which we want to enter summer.
Converse x J.W Anderson launches April 4th
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