One of my favorite silhouettes, Converse Inc. announces the debut of the Converse All Star Andy Warhol Collection for Spring 2015 in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation.
“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
Description: Taking 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, while the low top 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.
Suggested Retail Price: $60 – $65 USD
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 Andy Warhol Collection
Description: 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 colors 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 inspired from Warhol’s Ads and Illustrations series, circa 1985-86.
Suggested Retail Price: $95 USD
Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Platform and Lux Andy Warhol Collection
Description: In feminine silhouettes like the Platform and Lux, iconic Campbell’s soup and newsprint ads adorn these fashion-forward styles. The newsprint in particular bridges the gap between tonal and monochromatic prints to showcase Warhol’s more muted work.
Suggested Retail Price: $75 USD
Converse All Star Andy Warhol Apparel Collection
Description: Building off the historical link between Warhol and Converse, the collection also features a selection of graphic tees for men and women. Highlighted in the collection is Converse Extra Special Value, circa 1985-86, an original work created by Warhol that features the classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker.
Suggested Retail Price: $35 USD