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DC, Converse give Batman and Bane the All Star treatment

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Just in time for Comic-Con -- and in advance of the movie's July 20 release -- Converse is rolling out its "Dark Knight Rises" Chuck Taylor All Star collection, which will be sold exclusively through Journeys boutiques and website.

The latest collaboration between Converse and DC features a Batman shoe printed with an image of the Caped Crusader from the movie and a sneaker that pays homage to the villain Bane, with his image screen-printed on the canvas upper, and, as befits a baddie, a predominantly black shoe with a red racing stripe accent. 

Both versions feature QR codes hidden in their woven labels that can be scanned to access special comic-book downloads and have a suggested retail price of $59.99.

Both shoes are supposed to be available as of today, though, as of this writing we could only locate the Bane hi-top at Journeys website.

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Photos: The Converse "Dark Knight Rises" Chuck Taylor All Star collection includes a new Batman style, left, and the first sneaker to bear the likeness of Batman's new nemesis Bane. Credit: Converse

Missoni for Converse Auckland Racer debuts on Milan runway

Connverse Missoni Auckland Racer Runway

The latest collaboration between Italian luxury label Missoni and Converse, which made its runway debut at Missoni's spring/summer 2013 men's show Monday in Milan, riffs on a '70s-era running shoe called the Auckland Racer.

Although we couldn't be runway adjacent to check out the kicks ourselves, we're told they're constructed with Missoni's signature multistitch fabric in two different versions, one multicolor (top center, above) and the other a "grayscale gradient-fade" (bottom center, above). 

Converse describes the Auckland Racer as a running shoe introduced in the 1970s that "carries a lineage associated with early pioneers of the jogging movement." 

Which is fine by us -- just as long as the '70s-era track suit silhouette doesn't plan on making a comeback.

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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: Looks from Missoni's spring/summer 2013 runway show Monday in Milan, at left and right, special-edition Missoni for Converse Auckland Racers, center. Credit: Missoni 

Mr. Porter, 'Suits' wheel out a bicycle promo built for two

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If your daily commute across Los Angeles Wednesday (or Thursday) finds you crossing paths with a well-heeled, two-wheeled flash mob, it's not a crowd scene dream sequence being shot for a Pee-wee Herman movie, it's a cross-promotional awareness campaign between USA Network's legal drama "Suits" (which kicks off its second season June 14) and the men's luxury shopping site Mr. Porter.

Groups of identically clad gents -- decked out in gray Acne suits and white Converse sneakers -- are set to bicycle the streets of Los Angeles, San Francisco and Chicago on Wednesday and Thursday, handing out copies of the website's "Mr. Porter Post" publication along the way. For anyone unfamiliar with the show, the bicycle part of the equation is a nod to "Suits'" bike-riding, suit-wearing Mike Ross character (played by Patrick J. Adams). 

The velo fellows kicked off the promotion Tuesday in  New York City (where the TV show is set and Mr. Porter's U.S. offices are located) with the rolling panache mob taking to the streets and a fashion show of "Suits"-inspired looks curated by the Mr. Porter team on the High Line.

As part of the promotion, Mr. Porter has a dedicated "Suits and Style" web page that can be found here. As for the second season of "Suits," that can be found on your local USA Network channel starting Thursday at 10 p.m./9 Central.

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Photo: A publicity photograph shows the kind of suit-wearing, bike-riding spectacle that will wheeling about the streets of Los Angeles on Wednesday and Thursday as part of a joint awareness campaign between the TV show "Suits" and the men's shopping site Mr. Porter. Credit: Mr. Porter

Undefeated for Converse Jack Purcell drops May 25

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The Undefeated for Converse collection that hits retail this Friday isn't the first time the Los Angeles sneakerhead heaven has teamed up with the 104-year-old Nike-owned footwear brand, but it does mark the first time the classic Jack Purcell silhouette has been part of their collaboration.

The Undefeated for Converse Jack Purcell collection tweaks the rubber and canvas shoe -- which was originally designed in 1935 for the badminton court (it's named after a world champion badminton player) by adding simple red and navy racing stripes to the rubber rands, a terrycloth lining and footbed, and a barely noticeable Undefeated logo pull-tab at the heel. (Don't worry Jack Purcell fans, the signature "toe-smile" detail remains untouched.)

The limited-edition kicks will be available  in a white, black or red canvas upper through Undefeated stores (including the La Brea, Santa Monica and Silver Lake locations locally) as well as select retailers of Converse First String merchandise at a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $55. (If you're looking for a pair that's slightly more unique, go for the red version, which is exclusive to Undefeated doors.)

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Photos: The spring/summer 2012 Undefeated for Converse Jack Purcell collection (MSPR $55), which hits retail stores on Friday, will be available with a red, black or white canvas upper. Credit: Converse.

New Missoni for Converse collection drops April 14

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The fifth collection of collaborative kicks from Italian luxury brand Missoni and U.S. footwear brand Converse is set to hit retail on Saturday, Converse announced Thursday.

The Spring 2012 Missoni for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star collection includes two women’s-only silhouettes with uppers in Missoni’s signature zigzag knit --  one in green and white with a dash of silver and gold metallic sparkle and another in more muted shades of white and tan with accents in pale peach, silver and gold. The unisex silhouette is rendered in the Italian label's signature multi-stitch space-dyed cotton in a color palette of navy blue and white. 

The shoes, which retail for $200, will be available locally at Missoni's 469 Rodeo Drive flagship, the Fred Segal Center on Melrose, Undefeated's Santa Monica, La Brea and Silver Lake boutiques and online at Converse.com starting April 14.

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-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: The fifth Missoni for Converse Chuck Taylor All Star collection includes two women's-only silhouettes featuring zigzag designs (left and center) and one unisex silhouette in a multi-stitch space-dyed cotton (right) for Spring 2012. The sneakers will retail for $200 a pair and go on sale April 14. Credit: Converse

DC X Converse kicks for spring: Wonder Woman and Killer Croc

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The sixth season of collaborative kicks from Converse and DC Comics brings two versions of the Chuck Taylor All Star silhouette for spring 2012 -- a red, white and blue pair emblazoned with the image of Wonder Woman, and a green and yellow pair depicting a Batman villain named Killer Croc.

Wonder Woman DetailWonder Woman's low-top sneaker is done up in a pop art motif, with the heroine's image on one side of each shoe and her Wonder Woman logo scrawl on the other, some patriotic-looking American flag detailing wrapped around the heel, and a footbed of black polka dots on red (Why polka dots? We'd like to believe they somehow represent WW's alter ego Diana Prince, but that's sheer conjecture on our part.)

Killer Croc gets a high-top version, the better to display both a reptilian scale pattern and a green splatter paint effect, with an image of said homicidal reptile leaping to attack from the ankle. 

Both retail for $59.99, available online through Journeys e-commerce site now (according to a note at the website, the crocodile shoe won't ship until April), with Wonder Woman stepping out to stores (including Burbank, Santa Monica, Cerritos and Lakewood locations locally) on April 2, with the Killer Croc version hitting hot on her heels on April 9.

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Photos, from top: The newest DC Comics collaboration with Converse includes Chuck Taylor All Star silhouettes featuring Wonder Woman and Killer Croc, both available exclusively at Journeys retail stores for $59.99.

Detail of the Wonder Woman Chuck Taylor All Star low-top sneaker. Credit: Converse Inc.

Menswear designer Andrew Buckler to head Converse design team

Converse Taps Andrew Buckler

Menswear designer Andrew Buckler has been tapped to head the design team at the Nike-owned Converse brand, reports fashion industry trade paper WWD.

WWD reports that in the newly created role of vice president of global creative design for the North Andover, Mass., company, Buckler will have design oversight for footwear, apparel, store concepts and brand identity and report to Converse President and Chief Executive Jim Calhoun.

English-born Buckler is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a member of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. He launched his New York City-based menswear label -- a blend of edgy British and bad-boy Americana -- in April 2001.  

According to WWD, the Buckler brand will continue without the designer at the helm but Andrew Buckler will retain a minority interest (along with his brother Jeremy Buckler) and be involved in long-term strategy. The majority owner, Istanbul, Turkey, apparel manufacturer HC Tekstil, is expected to move the Buckler brand's center of operations to Istanbul.

Buckler's appointment is the latest move in the 103-year-old athletic shoemaker's long history of dipping its rubber-capped toe into the high-fashion world. Converse has had successful collaborations with menswear designer John Varvatos and Italian luxury house Missoni.

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Photos: At left, a look from Andrew Buckler's fall-winter 2011 menswear collection is shown at New York Fashion Week. Credit: Jonas Gustavsson and Peter Stigter / For The Times. At right, a 2008 archive photo of a buffalo-plaid Converse sneaker. Credit:  Michael Khachadoorian /Converse)

Milan Fashion Week: Missoni mines the Olympic moment, unveils second Converse collaboration

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Missoni’s runway collection was the second one this week to reference the upcoming 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London (the first was Vivienne Westwood Man), paying homage to founder and patriarch Ottavio Missoni, who not only competed in the 1948 London Olympics but also designed and made the peacock blue jersey tracksuits that served as the official uniform for the Italian team. (That also happens to be where he met his future wife, Rosita.)

That blue tracksuit was the starting point for an informal and laid-back spring and summer menswear collection -- suits with unstructured two-button jackets instead of the zip-front of the original, and adding variation to the solid blue with a variety of yarns and texture (texture variation has been a key element in many of the collections sent down the runway this week). In addition to the navy blue hues of the suit, the predominant colors were mineral brown and khaki -- some of the earthy tones that have been unusually strong in the Milan collections this season, despite the usual emphasis on more vivid shades of color –- as well as Missoni’s signature shade of burnt orange.

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The emphasis this season was clearly on the knit pieces, which may seem a little out of place for spring and summer wares but fits nicely with the overall theme that’s emerged of favoring handcrafted, artisanal production (or at least pieces that evoke that feeling) over slick mass-production. That makes Missoni’s second collaboration with Converse (the first was a zigzagged version of the Chuck Taylor All Star high-top), intended to honor the legacy of Ottavio Missoni’s contribution to the London Olympics, all the more appropriate. It’s a nubbly, speckled, knit-covered version of the Converse Auckland Racer running shoe.

-- Adam Tschorn in Milan

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Photos: Looks from the Missoni spring/summer 2012 runway collection shown during Milan Fashion Week. Credit: Giuseppe Cacace / AFP/Getty Images

Converse X Dickies collaboration is twill on heels

Dickies X Converse

OK, the flat-soled Chuck Taylor All Star sneaker doesn't really have much in the way of a heel, but we couldn't pass up the pun when we found out that the Dickies workwear brand was collaborating with the equally old-school Converse label to use the former's hard-wearing, twill work pant fabric on the latter's classic low-top sneaker silhouette.

The collaboration also includes a brand-new high-top style --a moc-toe Chuck Taylor All Star Classic Boot intended to be an homage to Dickies' workwear heritage.

The high-top will be available in black and khaki twill, and the low-top in black, navy blue, red or khaki, both with the Dickies logo at the heel and lining the inside. The assortment will retail from $50 to $60 and be sold at a variety of bricks-and-mortar stores as well as online through both companies' websites.

The high-top is expected to roll out to retail in early February, followed by the low-tops later in the month.

-- Adam Tschorn

Photos: The Dickies for Converse All Star shoe collaboration, which drops this month, includes the low-top silhouette in four colors of classic workwear twill, left,  and a new high-top boot style in two colors. Credit: Dickies.


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