Today CONVERSE Inc. announces the Converse CONS CTS fragment design Collection – signaling a renewed relationship between these brands and entering a new creative partnership with the Tokyo-based street culture icon, founded by Hiroshi Fujiwara.
Hiroshi Fujiwara describes himself as a “cultural DJ” and is renowned worldwide as a symbol of sophisticated style, subtle design and impeccable cool. A prolific career has earned him the reputation of the Godfather of Harajuku – the Shibuya district he is widely credited as transforming through his extensive, pioneering work in youth lifestyle and streetwear. His passion for skateboarding culture and functional, timeless products is the perfect platform for him to create a lasting legacy with Converse, starting with a five-piece footwear collection realized on the CONS CTS Ox sneaker.
“I love the classic Converse silhouettes,” says Hiroshi Fujiwara, “I wanted to put my mark on a legendary sneaker, keeping its simplicity but adding my own aesthetic. This is just the beginning.”
The Converse CONS CTS fragment design Collection stays true to the original, but is equipped with the toughness CONS sneakers are known for. The heavy vintage canvas uppers are finished in three classic colorways: black, parchment and navy – each with contrast white stitching and nickel hardware – as well as two bold metallic striped versions, finished in silver and gold on a clean white base, with tonal hardware.
The sneakers are subtly loaded with unique fragment design detailing, such as Hiroshi’s signature midsole branding, suggestive labeling and simple logo placement. They also come with all the essential CONS skateboarding details, including the drop-in Lunarlon sockliners for superior cushioning, memory foam padding for a customized fit, and traction rubber outsoles for board-feel and grip.
The collection will be available at select retailers starting Thursday, September 10, 2015 in Asia, with a worldwide release on Friday, September 11, 2015. They will retail for a SRP of $80 USD.