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CONVERSE Inc. and Boston-based brand, Bandulu Street Couture, have joined forces to craft a unique, limited edition sneaker collection inspired by wearable art. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ‘70 x Bandulu is the first Converse collaboration to be sold exclusively at the Converse Lovejoy retail store.

Bandulu breathes new life into the classic black and parchment Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 high-top sneakers with hand sewn embellishments in several color spotted bursts. The embroidery is placed in unique spots all over the upper and midsole, creating a premium visual effect that resembles splattered paint.

Bandulu was founded by Pat Peltier, and the name means fake, bootleg and ghetto. Bandulu believes in adding a little bit of luxury to the clothes in our world and giving them a new story, through upcycling and craftsmanship. It takes a mixture of high quality garments, vintage clothing and found items, and rejuvenates them through hand embellishments and artistry.

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The Converse Chuck Taylor All Star ’70 x Bandulu sneakers will be available exclusively at the Converse Lovejoy store in Boston, starting Friday, November 20 for a suggested retail price of $160 USD.

About Converse

Converse Inc., based in Boston, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including lifestyle men's, women's and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories and is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries. For more information, visit and follow @converse.

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