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October 02, 2017

Creative Director and Founder Daiki Suzuki of Engineered Garments Releases Special Edition Converse One Star Collection

Converse and Engineered Garments’ new collaborative line of One Star sneakers plays on Daiki Suzuki’s affinity for reinventing and reengineering classics. The Founder and Creative Director of Engineered Garemnts, Suzuki aims as well to reflect his own personal journey and relationship with Converse.

 “When approached with the project to work with Converse the idea came from wanting to tell a bit of the history of the company, first and foremost. Chuck Taylor, for us is a perfect shoe that we weren’t sure we could add or subtract to, its remained almost unchanged all this time. The One Star or rather the iterations after the “Leather All Star” was a canvas we thought could be mined to create something new,” Suzuki explains.

The collection highlights four iterations of the classic One Star logo including the Star Chevron, Stars & Bars, and two variations for the customary star. Suzuki recalls a specific era for each style all representing silhouettes of his personal favorites from Converse.

“For Nepenthes/Engineered Garments, we have played around with the idea of twisting ideas together, creating negative/positive’s in one pair of shoes. In attempting to create something new, we thought it would be best to start the relationship by revisiting the past and melding the first four (after that “Leather All Star”) models into one,” notes Suzuki. “Doing them all at once will have memories for some, seeing them come out when they did and for others it will be a lesson on how things can change subtly over time. For myself it represents my youth, memories I hold dear.”

The Converse x Engineered Garments One Star collection is available in four premium leather colorways including Olive, Navy, White, and Black.  Each is leather-lined with an Engineered Garments branded logo illustrated on the shoe’s sockliner. Each pair are housed in Engineered Garments premium packaging with tonal cotton laces.

The debut Engineered Garments Converse One Star collection will launch October 3 at Nepenthes in New York City. The collection will also be available at Converse Stores and Converse.com from October 5.