Per Nike, “The unisex collection intentionally dances across the lines of what’s traditionally considered masculine and feminine through bold colors, glam glitter and elevated details across classic Converse styles.”
In speaking on the joint project, designer Jonathan Anderson noted, “GLITTER_GUTTER stemmed from the idea of breaking iconic silhouettes with something unexpected. Taking the glitter out of context and wearing it with a pair of washed chinos, for example.”
At the core of the collection is the Chuck ’70, while Converse’s Thunderbolt and Ballet models are also included.
“This is a universal icon item that everybody should have,” Anderson said of the Chuck ’70. “They’re part of my daily uniform. I will wear them until they fall apart! I wanted to make sure the shoe felt modern, but underline its timeless features.”
When dishing on the Thunderbolt, the designer added, “It’s another functionality than the Chuck, and it’s very easy to wear.”
Lastly, Anderson explained of the Ballet, “We wanted to work on a product that could still read as a low Chuck ’70, but work on the details. A vintage ballerina that inspired it was actually more of a sport slipper in mesh. I liked the functionality and lightness of that shoe, and we decided to adopt some details to reinterpret the icon.”
You can look forward to the first drop from JW Anderson’s Converse capsule arriving globally tomorrow, December 14. The “Blue/Hot Pink/Egret” colorway will be available exclusively on j-w-anderson.com and at the JW Anderson Workshop: 100 Shoreditch High Street, London, E1 6JQ, while the remainder of the collection can be purchased at the retailers listed below:
Dover Street Market
Barneys Beverly Hills
In related news, a Know Wave x Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star surfaced at Art Basel Miami.