Glitter Gutter: JW Anderson X Converse

Converse and JW Anderson exist at opposite ends of the fashion spectrum. The space between JW Anderson’s forward-thinking design and the iconic, made-for-everyone Converse sneaker allows the two to celebrate and explore the provocative, daring space of their opposing ideas and complementary ideals. The aptly titled Glitter Gutter Collection intentionally dances across the lines of what’s traditionally considered masculine and feminine through bold colors, glam glitter and elevated details across classic Converse styles.

“GLITTER GUTTER stemmed from the idea of breaking iconic silhouettes with something unexpected,” says designer Jonathan Anderson. “Taking the glitter out of context and wearing it with a pair of washed chinos, for example.”

To create this tension where past and future meet, Anderson brought pop art contrast, vintage-inspired details and unexpected materials – along with his personal love for Converse — to the collection’s three attention-getting silhouettes. As a key piece of Anderson’s personal look, it was only fitting that the Chuck ’70 became the collection’s core silhouette. Additional silhouettes include the Thunderbolt and the Ballet. Here is the rundown on each…

JW Anderson Converse JW Anderson ConverseChuck ’70s

“This is a universal icon item that everybody should have. They’re part of my daily uniform. I will wear them until they fall apart!” Anderson says. The deliberate nuance and refined features of the Chuck ‘70 allowed for designs that are at once feminine and masculine. “I wanted to make sure the shoe felt modern, but underline its timeless features,” he says. Comes in two colour-ways. Retail is $140

JW Anderson Converse JW Anderson ConverseThunderbolt

“It’s another functionality than the Chuck, and it’s very easy to wear,” Anderson notes of the heritage running sneaker. The blocked body was the perfect place to playfully experiment with unique color combinations and proportions. I love that this feels like pricier designer sneakers in multiple colourways that have been dominating the market lately. Available in two colour-ways (red or blue). A steal at $130

70s Vintage U-Throat Ballet

“We wanted to work on a product that could still read as a low Chuck ’70, but work on the details. A vintage ballerina that inspired it was actually more of a sport slipper in mesh,” explains Anderson. “I liked the functionality and lightness of that shoe, and we decided to adopt some details to reinterpret the icon.” Only available in black. Retail is $130


The collaboration drops December 14th online and in stores globally.

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Christian has been a cultural and style junkie since the age of 6; while most kids were swiping cookies, he was swiping his grandfathers' Patek Philippe. Raised to appreciate art, fashion,design and  literature (yeah, this one actually reads) by a single mother fondly called Jackie-O. Christian quickly went from childhood cultural capital thief to academia protégé. Referred to as the cat's meow by some, too clever by half by others, Christian eschewed the academic life and ran away to join the circus -the fashion circus. Several well-appointed positions later and a career on the rise would be most people's dream but it was time to say fuck off and start all over again.

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