The ubiquitous Chuck Taylor All Star ’70, recognisable by its thick rubber sole and its apparent stitchings, has been set up as a flagship model in sneaker culture. The ageless pair of canvas basketball sneakers, worn from one generation to the next, has been reworked and revisited along the years. After collaborating with big brands like Missoni or Margiela, electronics and video game company Nintendo, hotel chain Ace Hotel, or Parisian concept store Colette, Converse now has a collaboration with workwear brand Carhartt WIP under its belt.
The collection embraces everyday wearability and craftsmanship through three Chuck Taylor ’70 ox sneakers while also celebrating the two labels design outlooks. Carhartt’s utilitarian fabrics such as ripstop, drill, and canvas are associated with the canvas of the basketball sneaker. They are declined in brown, white, and camo, and display subtle workwear details in a nod to the no-frills aesthetics that have built the reputation of Carhartt.
The two iconic brands present their partnership through a minimalist lookbook bringing together the up and coming young creatives from the blossoming anglo-saxon cultural scene. The cast lines up A$AP NAST, founder of A$AP Mob, who keeps straddling the music and fashion worlds, but also 17 year-old stylist and videographer Jim Longden who has recently modelled for Comme des Garçons and Gosha Rubchinskiy or DJ and radio presenter Emerald Rose.
The collection is available here.