A collab that combines both heritage Americana silhouettes and Japanese avant-garde graphics, Aphrodite welcome the newest additions to the Converse x Comme des Garcons PLAY collections.
Rei Kawakubo founded the Japanese fashion house in 1969, with CDG collections challenging the status quo with their high-concept, ostentatious and daring designs ever since. Launched in 2002, the PLAY diffusion line aimed to harness the ‘against the grain’ nature of Kawakubo stylings and streamline them to capture a more high-street ready audience. With this came the birth of the iconic heart with eyes logo, designed by Polish artist Filip Pagowski. The graphics can now be found in various arrangements across different CDG pieces and in collaboration with fashion giants such as A Bathing Ape, KAWS, and of course, Converse.
A staple in the rotations of every man and his dog, it is for good reason that the Chuck Taylor ’70s have graced our feet for over a century now. The classic basketball silhouettes offer timelessly simple styling complimented by uncontended comfort. A sturdy high-street companion, crafted with lightweight cotton canvas, the supportive and resistant rubber soles hallmark the makings of the brand, with the founder of Converse; Marquis Mills Converse, creating his first pair of rubber soled shoes after falling down the stairs in a bid to prevent it from happening again!
It is indeed these very soles that steal the show in the newest editions of the 12-year Converse x CDG partnership, featured in a daring red colourway. Not only a devilishly bold design component, the soles of these trainers feature enhanced cushioning across the span of the insole, a feature synonymous with the Converse ‘comfort is key’ ethos.
The remainder of the shoe is pretty similar to previous editions of the partnership; off-white toe box, laces, exposed stitching, and of course, the iconic heart with eyes applique on the outer ankle. The only difference is that the symbol features in its entirety in this edition, a contrast to the ‘peek-a-boo’ styling of the partnership’s previous designs.
So, if you are looking spice up your wardrobe, why not grab your own pair of spirited chucks in store or online at Aphrodite Clothing, where previous Converse x CDG editions are also available.