words, interview & images // Nick DePaula
After a steady flow of great collaborative launches over the past three years that was first kicked off by the Poorman Weapon in early 2009, Converse and Undefeated are teaming up once again on the product side. This time, though, they’re taking things beyond just Undefeated’s flagship brick and mortar shops along the West Coast – expanding past their Los Angeles, Las Vegas and San Francisco locations – and teaming up with Foot Locker to help bring a holistic streetwear collection to a new audience.
In the first of a multi-season offering, the Converse x Undefeated product range will consist of four silhouettes, along with several tees and caps. “This collection brings Undefeated’s unique design point-of-view to some of the greatest and original designs in sneaker history, along with apparel staples,” says James Bond, co-founder of Undefeated. Those iconic sneakers include the original Pro Leather, which first debuted in 1976 as the signature model of Julius “Dr. J” Erving. Additionally, the Star Player, a model that both Undefeated and Converse have helped to bring back to life, is also included in both high and low variations.
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