Converse X BASQUIAT brings art back to the streets
After the second successful launch of the Converse X Paria / FARZANEH collection last week, Converse is back with another collaboration. This week, Converse is teaming up with one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, Jean-Michel Basquiat. Breaking down the barriers between street art and the artistic establishment, this vision is brought to the fore. Converse X BASQUIAT pack.
Converse X BASQUIAT is a translation of some of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s most influential pieces. This has been transferred to new clothing, personalized to those from the Converse archives. It captures his signature crown motif, as well as several elements of his bold designs.
For the collection, Converse chose three sneakers from its archives. This includes the Skidgrip, Chuck 70, and Chuck Taylor All Star. Each has been redesigned to become a street-ready gallery. It showcases some of the most transformative works in modern history. A new generation is ready to wear the crown.
Converse X BASQUIAT Chuck 70
The Chuck 70 is one of the most iconic sneakers in Converse history. For the latest redesign, the rising silhouette featured a visual inspired by the rue de Basquiat. It features the Kings of Egypt III aesthetic.
The design uses a digital print with embroidery details included. This includes elements of the artwork such as the abstract face, the cryptic type, and the crown motif.
It’s crafted from suede panels and a tone-on-tone patch that elevates the look. However, the emphasis is on s. These designs are added to the top of a black poly canvas upper.
To complete the design, it includes an all-black tone-on-tone ankle patch, as well as embroidery details on the side sides.
Converse X BASQUIAT non-slip grip
The second sneaker in the pack is the Skidgrip. It receives an explosive update with the Kings of Egypt II aesthetic. This includes abstract text and distorted iconographies, which stand out from the archival canvas, creating a dynamic visual language. It was influenced by Egyptian history but firmly anchored in street culture.
This low top sneaker features a black poly canvas upper with a sublimation print. In addition, it includes the Basquiat logo printed on the tongue and license plate.
Converse X BASQUIAT Chuck Taylor All Star
For the final sneaker, instantly recognizable dinosaur and crown imagery was used. This has been translated from the Pez dispenser for classic chucks.
It adheres to the sleek black canvas upper, which has a sewn-in applique. The high top sneaker features a canvas upper, with the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star patch.
In addition, it has a CK mesh lining with an insole printed with the Basquiat logo. Finally, it includes a personalized star detail on the license plate.
A new generation is ready to wear the crown. The Converse x Basquiat is available online at Converse.co.za, as well as in-store at Converse Sandton City and Shelflife.
The price of the range is as follows:
- Non-slip grip: R1, 299.95
- 70s chuck: R 1,599.95
- Chuck Taylor All Stars: R 649.95 – R 1,099.95
- Graphic T-shirts: R449.95 – R549.95
- Fleece sweater: R999.95