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Carhartt WIP and Converse announce sneaker collaboration

The One Star silhouettes feature Invista’s Cordura fabric upper.

3rd October 2018

Innovation in Textiles
 |  Dearborn, MI

Clothing/​Footwear, Sports/​Outdoor

Carhartt Work In Progress (Carhartt WIP), a US based apparel company, reinterpreted the Converse One Star, combining utilitarian military inspiration with contemporary design. “Operating in a design space that it has defined, Carhartt WIP adapts the iconic, workwear products of Carhartt for an audience that moves seamlessly between social scenes,” the company explains.

“Converse x Carhartt WIP applies this same approach, merging functionality with a contemporary design perspective, to create three new iterations of the rising street silhouette, the Converse One Star. As two brands that have found homes within varied subcultures due to distinct yet versatile aesthetics, the Converse x Carhartt WIP collaboration builds on this shared background.”

Converse x Carhartt WIP in white. © Carhartt WIP

Inspired by military bags and detailing adapted for the streets, the collection shows how mainstays in fashion and culture can evolve and remain relevant while highlighting the overlap between workwear and streetwear that has always existed.

Converse x Carhartt WIP in classic black. © Carhartt WIP

“Since very early on we’ve incorporated military fabrics and details into our clothes, but with the One Star we wanted to do this with a clean, modern approach. The sleek contrast outsole and robust Cordura fabric are how we’ve translated this element of Carhartt WIP’s DNA into a contemporary, utilitarian sneaker,” said Wilfried Atzert, Global Brand Director of Carhartt WIP.

Converse x Carhartt WIP in olive. © Carhartt WIP

The One Star silhouettes feature Invista’s Cordura fabric upper with accompanying hangtag and a military-inspired bandolier heel stay webbing with D-ring hardware detail. Additionally, the tongue logo patch is made from the coated tarp-type material seen on the trailer coverings of long-distance trucks. Presented in three colourways, classic black, olive and white, the sneakers are functional and robust, but also considerate in their design, the company reports.

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