Today Converse Inc. announces the CLOT x Converse First String Chang Pao sneaker collection for Holiday 2013. This marks the fifth time Converse collaborates with the Asian streetwear label, this time putting the focus on the iconic 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette.
The new collection is inspired by CLOT’s ideology of East meets West, and draws direct influence from the Chang Pao traditional Chinese formalwear dating back to the Qing Dynasty.
The CLOT x Converse First String Chang Pao sneaker collection features a blue suede and white canvas edition of the “Chuck 70s” sneaker, each rendered with a classic gum sole, which has become a signature of the CLOT for Converse collaborative works. Classic detailing is brought to life with three Chang Pao-inspired buttons stitched on the lateral upper and through gold, silver and white accents on the eyestays, giving the sneaker an authentic Chinese feel. The collection also features the premium elements of the “Chuck 70” sneaker, including elevated foxing, added cushioning and a substantial toe box for added comfort, and comes with special packaging including a printed dust bag and an exclusive shoe box with a gold foil lid.
Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The CLOT for Converse First String Chang Pao sneaker collection will be available in limited quantities beginning on Thursday, October 31 at the Juice Pop-Up store in Los Angeles located at 7667 Melrose Ave, the only US retailer to feature the product. The product will also launch at Juice in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur on Saturday, November 2 and at select Converse First String retailers worldwide on Friday, November 8. The sneakers will retail for a MSRP of $120 USD / HK$999 and will be available in men’s sizing from US 3-12.