Today, CONVERSE Inc. unveils its first ever collaboration on the revolutionary Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II with American artist Futura. Featuring original artwork by the legendary Brooklyn-based artist, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Futura Collection takes the technological and comfort advances of Chuck II a step further with the addition of new veneering and Converse weatherized rubber, creating a sneaker that is truly ready for more. Designed for both function and fashion, the collection combines Futura’s iconic abstract art style with a weather-ready sneaker, apparel and accessories collection that’s built for the next generation of self-expression.
A pioneer in graffiti art, Futura’s work is synonymous with ingenuity, originality and the NYC downtown art scene of the early '80s. His work over the last 30 years has transitioned from the street, to the subway, and today into galleries all around the world. The new collection features camo printed rip-stop underlay and Futura’s distinct graphic artwork on the sneaker’s upper, lace and midsole. Available in both hi-top and ox, the Chuck II Futura has water resistant full rubber uppers and reflective laces. The Chuck II’s characteristic Nike Lunarlon sockliner received its own graphic treatment and each sneaker includes a second set of foot-beds with collectible art.
“I wanted to create a Chuck II that embodied my approach to art and life,” said Futura, aka Lenny McGurr. “From the camo to the weatherized rubber, this collection is made for function and style, for getting out on the streets and unleashing your creativity. I’m honored to have the first opportunity to riff on the Chuck II silhouette.”
In addition to the Chuck II footwear, the collection also features weather-ready apparel including a raglan tee updated with Futura’s signature graphic and matching camo design. In a nod to Futura’s graffiti roots and street style, a ski mask featuring reversible Converse camo in heavyweight woven cotton was also created as part of the collection.
The Spring 2016 Converse Chuck Taylor All Star II Futura Collection will be available for purchase starting Monday, February 1, 2016 at specialty retailers, Converse stores and online at Converse.com. The footwear will retail for a SRP of $ 100-$110 USD with apparel at $ 35 USD.
Converse Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including lifestyle men's, women's and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories and is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries. For more information, please visit media.converse.com and follow @converse.
Futura (American, b. 1955), alias of Leonard McGurr, is a world-renowned artist currently living and working in New York. As a pioneer within the canon of graffiti, Futura is closely associated with New York’s enigmatic street art movement of the 1980s. Originally known as Futura 2000, he has advanced his career in recent years as creator of powerful, abstract expressionist works on canvas; his artistry is revered for its transcendent ability to interrelate the genres of street, commercial and fine art. For more information, please follow Futura on Instagram at @futuradosmil or contact Iconoclast Artist Management (I/AM), his commercial representation firm based in NYC.