Look Book | Converse All Star Andy Warhol Collection
Two classic Converse silhouettes get a revamp with Andy Warhol’s iconic and most recognized imagery. Warhol, recognized as one of the most influential visionaries and preeminent artist of the 20th century is introduced to a new generation of rebels, artists and shoe aficionados with this latest partnership with Converse.
Since 1987, Warhol’s vision and creativity lives on through The Andy Warhol Foundation, who fosters innovative artistic expression by supporting work that is challenging and experimental in nature. To help further the non-profit’s mission for the advancement of the visual arts, a portion of the proceeds from the Converse All Star Andy Warhol collection will support The Andy Warhol Foundation.
“With this collection, we aim to celebrate and foster the innovative artistic expression that’s intrinsic to both Converse and Andy Warhol,” said Damion Silver, Converse All Star Design Director. “Andy Warhol famously created art inspired by American pop culture icons, and was a pioneer in utilizing the Chuck Taylor All Star as a blank canvas for his work. From this shared creative history grew our collaboration with Warhol.”
“The Foundation is delighted to celebrate the launch of the Converse Andy Warhol Collection and proud to announce that a portion of the proceeds will support The Foundation’s endowment from which it has distributed nearly $250M in grants supporting contemporary visual arts,” said Michael Hermann of The Andy Warhol Foundation. “This unique collaboration honors the artist’s enduring legacy which inspires us to ignore convention and proudly be whatever we want to be.”
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol Collection: One of Warhol’s most iconic and recognizable prints, the Campbell’s Soup can, Converse reinterprets and repurposes this screen print. On the high top sneaker a singular soup can print is utilized in bold primary colors (red, blue & black), while the low top (below) stacks the Campbell’s Soup cans on top of one another to create a layered pattern that adds depth and dimension, a common technique used by Warhol. $75 – $80 CAD
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Andy Warhol Collection: For a second take on Warhol’s work, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette features designs ranging from Campbell’s Soup cans in classic colours (below) to monochromatic motorcycle prints. Adding a playful element to the sneaker, the inner lining hosts a step and repeat print that mirrors the distinct pattern Warhol used in his signature Campbell’s Soup works. Additionally, to show the breadth and depth of Warhol’s work, the collection also includes low top styles with motorcycle and newspaper prints (last image) inspired from Warhol’s Ads and Illustrations series, circa 1985. $105-$110 CAD
The Converse All Star Andy Warhol Collection will hit retail shelves on Feb 7th and is available at Get Outside, Gravity Pope, Groovy, Little Burgundy, Zelen Shoes, Baggins and Galaxie Bleu.