Converse x Hancock Vulcanised Articles

March 14th, 2014

Converse and Hancock Vulcanised Articles partner for a weatherized take on the Converse Jack Purcell sneaker. The British clothiers bring their expertise in crafted outerwear to a limited edition Jack Purcell sneaker, outfitting it in water resistant materials and unique Hancock design details.

Converse Inc. announces their first collaboration with modern British luxury brand Hancock Vulcanised Articles, bringing rubber-bonded, water-repellant materials to the classic Jack Purcell mid-top sneaker. The rubberized upper brings the label’s pioneering, handmade outerwear techniques to footwear, creating a modern sneaker that’s clean and durable, encapsulating a rich heritage of craftsmanship.

The Converse Jack Purcell x Hancock sneaker is released in three fresh, seasonal colors – indigo, summer yellow and mastic gray – all featuring a soft lining with a unique phytology print of the Siphona Elasticaplant, which is used to manufacture rubber. A tasteful Hancock Vulcanised Articles logo is stitched on the heel tab of each sneaker, and seams are bonded with the same precision that is the hallmark of Hancock outerwear. The design is capped with the signature Jack Purcell smile.

Hancock Vulcanised Articles (HVA) is a modern luxury lifestyle label that offers contemporary rubber bonded outerwear, crafted using original techniques that date back the 19th century. All pieces are cut with shears, and seams are manually bonded with a secret traditional glue recipe. Founded in 2012 by Daniel Dunko and Gary Bott, the brand draws inspiration from Thomas Hancock; the British inventor who sparked a rubber revolution and pioneered waterproofing techniques for fabrics that are still used to this day. All articles are handmade by two generations of expert coat makers at their factory in Scotland.

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The Converse Jack Purcell x Hancock sneaker will be available in limited quantities beginning March 14 at Converse stores in San Francisco and New York City, as well as select Converse First String retailers across Europe and Asia. The sneakers will retail for a MSRP of $200 and will be available in men’s sizing from US 8-12.

Converse x Hancock

Available at the following retail locations:

Converse Store New York
560 Broadway (corner of Prince St)
New York, NY 10012

Converse Store San Francisco
838 Market Street
San Francisco, CA 94102

Unionmade At The Grove
189 The Grove Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90036

Noise To The World

November 18th, 2013

Download our free Noise to the World album recorded at Converse Rubber Tracks studio.

Tracks by The She’s, Fresh Daily, Black Spade, Mother Merey & The Black Dirt, Workout, Low Fat Getting High, and Roxy Roca.

Ready for download from the Converse Soundcloud below or the download banner on right.


Rubber Tracks Artists

Roxy RocaRoxy Roca – “Without You”
The Austin based group creates a sound inspired by great funk and soul.

Warm SodaWarm Soda – “Without You By My Side”
Power pop/glam/garage rock form Oakland, CA. Currently recording their second studio album for release in 2014.

Fresh DailyFresh Daily – “Holiday ’93″
Brooklyn based emcee/beatmaker & graphic artist. A deft wordsmith and seasoned perfomer, Fresh Daily is currently working on new music.

Black SpadeBlack Spade – “Holiday ’93″
Emerging from St. Louis armed with a Kurzweil 2000 Keyboard, MPC 2000, and extensive record collection, Black Spade made himself into the producer/emcee/singer/songwriter he is today.

Mother Merey & The Black DirtMother Merey & The Black Dirt – “Run Rudolph Run”
Three piece haling from Austin with roots in the Delta blues, folk, and old country. Their debut LP, Down to the River, has a lot of people talking.

WorkoutWorkout – “Jingle Bells”
Known as one of NY’s wildest rock monsters, Workout may be your next party band. Sing-along choruses and foot-stomping chants make their chaotic noise stand out.

The ShesThe She’s – “December Tide”
Four best friends making music in San Fransciso. West Coast Garage Pop inspired by their city, each other, boredom, and surfer boys.

Low Fat Getting High“Low Fat Getting High – “Deck The Halls”
DIY outfit that formed in 2011. Named one of the top five New York City punk bands, LFGH keeps a rigorous show schedule.

Converse CONS Sneaker Collection

November 12th, 2013


The remastered Converse CONS sneaker collection launching exclusively at Foot Locker, Footaction, and Champs.

CONS ProjectCONS Project is a series of global creative projects brought to you by Converse CONS, to help inspire high school and college students who find their creative outlets in music.

CONS Project: Brooklyn

A series of workshops were held at Converse Rubber Tracks in Williamsburg Brooklyn from November through January. Special guest workshops hosts included Kidsuper, Mike Jones, Dee+Ricky, Weird Days, Chuck Strangers, Ryan Hemsworth, EL-P and Dillinger Escape Plan.

View photos from all of our workshops below and click images to download.

CONS Project: Brooklyn – Workshops


CONS Ambassadors

Bishop NehruBishop Nehru – Rapper, Music Producer, Music Video Director.
17-year-old Bishop Nehru is among the new wave of young NY MCs, bringing his old school flow and complex lyrics & rhyme schemes. Not just a musician, he produces and directs videos. Fresh off two new projects and a tour, he is currently prepping a collaborative EP.

Phony PPLPhony PPL – Funk, Hip-Hop, R&B Band.
Phony PPL popped on New York City’s indie radar in 2011 with a sound built on vintage astral funk, colorful world music and dusted-out hip-hop/RB. Quickly moving from self release singles to tours with hip-hop legends, the DIY crew has gained a global following. Currently prepping their debut album.

Gogy Esparza  Gogy Esparza – Artist.
A multifaceted artist who concentrates in fine art, photography, video, and creative direction. Well reputed as a cutting edge young artist, Gogy is featured in galleries and media worldwide.

Rat KingRat King – Rap Collective.
The raw Manhattan rap collective – Patrick “Wiki” Morales, “MC Hak” Hakeem Lewis, and producer Eric “Sporting Life” Adiele. Committed to a DIY worldview where art and rap intersect, the band self released their EP, Wiki93, in 2011. The EP caught the ear of XL Recordings. They are creating their debut album and playing performances around the country.

Mike AndersonMike Anderson – Pro Skateboarder.
Not your average SoCal skater, he developed a knack for East coast style street transitions, wallies, and shredding unorthodox spots. Mike’s style is more fun than serious, but it might be the illusion of his effortless skating.

Zered BassettZered Bassett – Pro Skateboarder.
A hometown legend in Cape Cod, Massachusetts before he turned 18, he quickly rose from an unknown ripper to one of the most exciting skateboarders around. Instead of fleeing for sunnier skies on the left coast, Zered is an all-terrain east coast skater. Navigating everything from the crustiest bump-to-bar to a line of perfect ledges, Dr. Z is proof that east coast can hang with any of California’s finest.

Nick Trapasso  Nick Trapasso – Pro Skateboarder.
Catching everyone’s attention from an early age, he consistently has dropped jaws with his laid-back style. Not content with just contests and sponsorships, Trapasso started his own company, Life Extension Skateboards. Now he’s busy being a C.E.O and being smooth as ever on a board.

Trash TalkTrash Talk – Thrash-Punk Band.
Four furious scions of guitar-wrought destruction, Trash Talk is a Sacramento based thrash-punk juggernaut. They bring their anarchic and energetic act all over the world with almost ceaseless touring.

Los RakasLos Rakas – Pan American Group.
Comprised of cousins Raka Rich & Raka Dun, these pioneering Panamanians by way of the Bay area are on the frontier of a new Latin urban sound. Known for their fresh mix of hip-hop, plena, reggae, and dancehall, Los Rakas represent the cutting edge of Pan-American flows.

EL-PEL-P – Rapper, Music Producer.
Independent rap icon & producer El-P remains firmly at the center of cutting-edge music. El-P has continued to deliver his singular form of muscular boom bap and lyrical mastery, bringing his one-of-a-kind show to audiences worldwide.

Flatbush Zombies  Flatbush Zombies – Hip-Hop Group.
Exemplifying the cultural collision of hip-hop. Fashion forward sneakerheads, they draw their cues from horror movies, street culture, psychedelic and punk music. They’ve gone global in less than a year, playing festivals around the world.

The BotsThe Bots – Rock Band.
Leaping into the public consciousness with a ripping live show, the brothers skill and three albums belie their age – 18 and 14 years old. A new record out on the FADER label, shows the band seems destined to dismantle notions of what rock should look and sound like.

The ShrineThe Shrine – Punk Band.
The Shrine is from Venice, CA and exemplify the city perfectly – relentlessly energetic, creative, and loud. The punk trio have made their name by skating backyard pools, playing packed basement shows around the country, gaining a growing cult following based on bursting riffs.

VizieVizie – Artist.
NY based painter and photographer. Championed by some of the top galleries in the world for art that pushes modern boundaries. His photography always features a simple and often humorous narrative other peoples’ written graffiti.

Dee & Ricky  Dee & Ricky – Fashion Designers.
Twin fashion designers who infuse streetwise innovation into their creative craft. Notorious for rethinking street style staples into pieces coveted by artists and athletes. Recently launched their own fashion label, store, and restaurant.

Artist Collaborations – Sever

November 6th, 2013

At Converse, we dig the original and unexpected. So to offer a new take on sneakers, we commissioned prominent street artists to create original works for our Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Converse’s Artist Collaborations welcomes artists David D’Andrea, Steve Harrington, Caleb Neelon, and Sever.

The Artist

Sever is an internationally recognized writer whose work over the past two decades has inspired community service crews and graffiti enthusiasts alike.

Sever has cultivated his love for vandalism in some of the least memorable neighborhoods in the world, having lived and travelled throughout North America, Asia, Australia and Europe. He currently resides in Atlanta.


More about Sever

Jason Jessee – Converse CONS CTS x Santa Cruz

September 25th, 2013

In celebration of 40 years of Santa Cruz Skateboards, Converse has collaborated in developing some limited edition skate sneakers.

Long time Santa Cruz Pro and Converse Ambassador Jason Jessee provided the inspiration for the Converse CONS CTS pack in both Mid and Ox. These sneakers feature a classic Jason Jessee skateboard graphic of Neptune on the Lunarlon sockliners, and subtle tonal coral pattern on both the red and the black canvas uppers. The Converse CONS CTS mid is red as homage to the classic red Converse Chuck Taylor All Stars that Jason skated in the ’80s. Both sneakers also feature the Santa Cruz logo beneath clear traction rubber outsoles.

To celebrate the sneaker collaboration we helped Jason build a classic vert ramp near his home in Santa Cruz. The video shows Jason helping to “build” the ramp and then proceeding to shred it in classic Jason Jessee fashion.

Converse x Maison Martin Margiela Collection

September 17th, 2013


Converse Inc. announces its all-new collection with avant-garde French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. The first-time Converse Maison Martin Margiela collaboration features the Chuck Taylor All Star and the Jack Purcell sneakers, each completely hand-painted in Maison Martin Margiela’s iconic white paint. Covering all canvas, eyelets, laces and soles, they naturally crack and shed their outer coat of paint to reveal the original colors beneath.

The personality of the Converse Maison Martin Margiela 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star and Jack Purcell sneakers is discovered through an evolving dialogue between the bold colored canvas and clean paint. The more the sneakers are worn, the more their personality and color is revealed. “The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling. A sort of poetry, with the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself,” says Maison Martin Margiela.

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The Converse Maison Martin Margiela sneakers will be available for purchase globally at Margiela stores, and at select Converse First String retailers.

Retail Locations:

Canvas Malibu

Concepts Cambridge

Fred Segal

Just One Eye

Five Story NYC


Maison Martin Margiela

About Maison Martin Margiela:

Maison Martin Margiela is a French fashion house founded in 1988. A cross-section between fashion and design, the Maison presents Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections and indulges in leather goods, footwear, accessories, fragrances, interior design and furniture. In 2002 Maison Martin Margiela joined OTB, the holding company of Diesel, Marni, Viktor&Rolf, Staff International and Brave Kids.

Artist Collaborations – Steven Harrington

August 28th, 2013

At Converse, we dig the original and unexpected. So to offer a new take on sneakers, we commissioned prominent street artists to create original works for our Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Converse’s Artist Collaborations welcomes artists David D’Andrea, Steve Harrington, Caleb Neelon, and Sever.

The Artist

Cited as the leader of a contemporary Californian psychedelic-pop aesthetic, Los Angeles–based artist and designer Steven Harrington is best known for his bright, iconic style that encourages a two-way conversation between the artist and viewer. There’s a timeless quality to his playful yet contemplative work, which is inspired by California’s mystique, vastly diverse landscape, and thriving mix of cultures.

Embracing a multimedia approach, Harrington’s portfolio includes large-scale installations made of plaster and stone, handscreened prints, limited-edition books, skateboards, and sculptures. Alongside his personal work, Harrington co-founded both the acclaimed design agency National Forest and pop-art brand “You&I.”

He has exhibited artwork in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, Berlin, Milan, Barcelona, Tokyo, San Francisco, Chicago, Philadelphia, Montreal, Melbourne, and Dallas.

More about Steven Harrington

Artist Collaborations – Caleb Neelon

August 28th, 2013

At Converse, we dig the original and unexpected. So to offer a new take on sneakers, we commissioned prominent street artists to create original works for our Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Converse’s Artist Collaborations welcomes artists David D’Andrea, Steve Harrington, Caleb Neelon, and Sever.

The Artist

By the mid 1990′s, Caleb Neelon was immersed in the global graffiti scene under the name SONIK. He traveled constantly and developed a vivid, homespun, and raw style of mixed media painting. He freely crossed boundaries between graffiti, murals, and what would soon be referred to as street art. Caleb Neelon’s bright, folksy works, frequently incorporating nautical and quilting motifs, can be seen in gallery and museum exhibitions and on walls around the world.

Neelon’s work ranges from cultural diplomacy projects through the U.S. State Department; curatorial advisory work at museums, projects bringing artwork to hospitals, and public artwork projects in over thirty countries around the globe.

Neelon regularly writes for national magazines and is the author of several books, among them the landmark 2011 HarperCollins release “The History of American Graffiti”, which he co-authored with Roger Gastman. He lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with Ellen, baby daughter ZZ, and French bulldog Ferdinand.


Photo Gallery

More about Caleb Neelon

Artist Collaborations – David D’Andrea

August 28th, 2013

At Converse, we dig the original and unexpected. So to offer a new take on sneakers, we commissioned prominent street artists to create original works for our Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers. Converse’s Artist Collaborations welcomes artists David D’Andrea, Steve Harrington, Caleb Neelon, and Sever.

The Artist

David D’Andrea’s illustrations seethe with sinuous, accomplished line work and intentional rough edges.

He combines the draftsmanship of the 1960′s poster artists with a raw detailed grittiness to create an organic pen and ink style that is unmistakably his own.

Through esoteric signs and symbols such as aviform in flight, sigillary calligraphy, disembodied wings, and skeletal forms, he seeks to perpetuate the avowal that is death, and in turn catharsis; to create archaic crests for modern battles.


More about David D’Andrea

Wiz Khalifa Collection by Converse

August 15th, 2013

The Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa Collection features 12 new styles inspired by the artist’s rebellious and fashion-forward style. The collaboration marks Khalifa’s first ever footwear collection and celebrates the artist’s eye for bold details and subtle luxury. The new collection incorporates several unique accents including the Wiz Khalifa collection signature logo tab on each design, while staying true to the iconic Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette.

Rapper Wiz Khalifa hails from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and went from breakthrough artist to feature film star in the short span of two years.  Along the way there were revered mixtapes and the proliferation of Khalifa’s record label Taylor Gang Records. Khalifa’s use of the word “Taylor” hails from the high school that he attended, which is coincidentally where his long time affinity for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers began.

“I’ve always gravitated toward Converse because of how solid the brand is. It’s clean and it’s classic,” said Wiz Khalifa. “I was excited to collaborate with the team at Converse because I felt they really got my individual style and vision. The sneakers in my collection are dope and I’m excited to share them with my fans.”

The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Wiz Khalifa collection will be available at select Foot Locker (, Footaction (, and Converse retail stores ( beginning August 23, 2013 for $60 – $85USD.

Wiz Khalifa Chuck Taylor Swag

Wiz Khalifa Chuck Taylor All Star