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Converse by John Varvatos

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What happens when two American classics combine? For Converse and John Varvatos it was nothing short of perfection. Varvatos, who headed up menswear design at Calvin Klein and Polo before launching his own line, combines a connoisseur’s appreciation of soft and luxurious fabrics with a New Yorker’s casual streetwise aesthetic. His style was perfect match for the iconic Converse.

The duo first teamed up in 2001 to add a contemporary touch to the Jack Purcell shoe. From there Varvatos revolutionized the ubiquitous Chuck Taylor Low by removing the laces, adding some elastic under the tongue and making it into a slip on. Then in fall 2006 Converse launched its first luxury apparel line; Converse by John Varvatos. The line is a whimsical reflection of the Converse heritage, specifically the original basketball guru Chuck Taylor.

The first season of the apparel line has been a stunning success and like all fine things, keeps getting better with age. Keep a look out for new designs from the duo this spring.

--Chord