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Converse announces their third collaboration with sak, designed by master craftsman Ryusaku Hiruma. From the press release:

Hiruma’s story is unique. Born in Japan, he has been pursuing age-old Italian craftsmanship in Florence, Italy for nearly a decade. Choosing to immerse himself in the historical home where Renaissance and industrial design have converged for centuries, Hiruma’s unique and modern sensibility blends with his unmistakable skill and artistry.

Creating coveted versions of Converse’s most recognizable styles, Hiruma has carefully replicated the silhouette of the Chuck Taylor All Star, Jack Purcell, One Star –and now the Star Tech shoe. A basketball shoe from decades past, Hiruma artfully crafts the details of the Star Tech shoe using old-world construction techniques. Each individual shoe features beautiful, supple leathers –all hand-stitched from upper and rand to insole. Hiruma gives each shoe leather soles that echo finely made dress shoes, yet with ink-printed logos and trademark detail that give them a playful, comfortable feeling. The sak for Converse Star Tech shoe comes in natural shades of tan and black leather with hand cut logos and detailing for the shoes uppers. The attention to detail includes elegant hand-stitched leather rands and toe bumpers and charming touches such as a hand-cut star cut out gracing the ends of each shoe’s leather laces.

As a part of Converse First String, Converse’s high-level product program that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and pure expression, these are truly works of art, with only 64 pairs in each style available worldwide.

The latest release of the sak for Converse collection is the Star Tech high top in off-white and black. Available November 15, 2010, exclusively in the United States at: John Varvatos (Bowery and Soho), Aloha Rag, Concepts and Blends. MSRP is $600 USD.

Have a closer look at the new sak for Converse sneakers after the click.

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