Converse and designer Jonathan Anderson have collaborated on a new shoe line. Anderson thinks the new shoe line gives an “intimate portrayal: of himself as well as offering an insight into his personal style.
“I’ve been wearing Converse for years and years, so when they approached me I couldn’t turn it down because it’s something that I wear,” he told Business of Fashion.
The 33-year-old designer received the Accessories Designer of the Year for his work with Loewe, as well as also being awarded British Womenswear Designer of the Year with his label JW Anderson at The Fashion Awards 2017.
“The collection for me feels more like an intimate portrayal of myself,” he told Vogue exclusively of the trainer line. “It’s the tactility of it. It’s a self-portrait of what I’m into and what I wear.
The collection includes a multi-colored glittery high-top Chuck and a Thunderbolt trainer. “I wanted to work on something new and unexpected for the brand,” he explained of the unisex Glitter_Gutter line. “It’s the first time I’m excited about projecting myself into a product, which is a weird and new thing for me.”
“Converse is a subcultural icon! You can define its sneakers by three adjectives – quintessential, comfortable and affordable. It’s an item that all the brands would like to create! It’s amazing how the design hasn’t really changed since 1917.”
Anderson admits that Chuck Taylor’s have “served an incredible purpose to me. The brand he created is universal and I would love JW Anderson to be that universal.”
The shoes can be purchased on Converse and cost around $105 USD.