J.W. Anderson is no stranger to mass-retailer collaborations, with a buzzy collections for both Uniqlo and Topshop under his belt. But more recently, Anderson has been turning his attention to footwear, working with Converse to remix and reimagine some of the brand's classic silhouettes. On Monday, his second collection entitled "Simply_Complex" with the shoe company dropped, which Anderson describes as "a labor of love and obsession," according to a press release from the brand.
The new collection centers around Converse's Chuck 70 and Thunderbolt silhouettes, which Anderson updated with raw denim and "flesh out leather," which features suede on the outside of the shoe and leather on the inside. The denim Thunderbolt, which is made using three different executions of raw indigo-dyed fabric, is meant to "develop a slightly individualized look" over time, while the suede Chuck 70 melds sneaker and formalwear motifs.
"We approached it as a sneaker first but introduced detailed elements and the suede execution that make it a sort of curious version of Chuck, ultimately constructing the silhouette as a statement shoe," Anderson said in a release. "For me they are perfect with chinos, jeans and a white t-shirt."
Photographer and director Larry Clark (of "Kids" fame) shot the collection's new campaign, which you can see more of below, in Marseilles. Converse x J.W. Anderson's "Simply_Complex" collection will be available for purchase in J.W. Anderson stores and online at converse.com and j-w-anderson.com starting on March 2.