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Converse by John Varvatos Spring 2009

by Josh Rubin
on 05 March 2009

From the casual distressing of the Slip-On Chucks to Crazy Laces and its 19 eyelets, Converse's ongoing collaboration with designer John Varvatos is all about the details that speak to the common rock 'n' roll ethos shared by the two brands. Now seven seasons into it, the latest collection features a few impressive examples in both apparel and footwear of just how committed the creators are to making the look authentic. (And the latest ad campaign, pictured at right, featuring rocker and top model Sarah Ruba stays true also.)

Perhaps most impressive is the process that the tees undergo to achieve both the vintage appearance and the luxurious feel that make them favorites. Starting with fine gauge slubbed jerseys, applied burnout printing adds texture and loosens the fabric—almost transparent and with an uneven effect, it's what makes the garment seem like it's been worn for 10 years.


Other minute adjustments, including light staining and tinting, printing on the reverse side and using a dremmel to grind edges, adds to the perfectly broken-in appearance.


But our newest favorite item to come from the partnership has to be the Bosey Boot, inspired by a utilitarian shoe from the Converse archives that's now in its second incarnation. The current version features a a lightweight, canvas upper that mimics the look of faded denim. Soles look similarly distressed with a paint treatment applied to the outsole and toecap that lends a rough-hewn look. The rustic appearance ends there however; the boot features haberdasher linings, pigskin footbeds and the choice of waxed or leather laces. Available in black or grey, the boots retail for $150 from Converse and are due out later this year.

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