Converse launches Converse x Maison Martin Margiela Limited Edition Collection

“The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling. A sort of poetry, with the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself,” says Maison Martin Margiela.

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Today, Converse (www.converse.com) announces its all-new collection with avant-garde French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela (www.maisonmartinmargiela.com). The first-time collaboration between Converse and Maison Martin Margiela (a Converse First String Collection) features the Chuck Taylor All Star and the Jack Purcell sneakers, each completely hand-painted in Maison Martin Margiela’s iconic white paint. Covering all canvas, eyelets, laces and soles, they naturally crack and shed their outer coat of paint to reveal the original colors beneath.

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The personality of the Converse Maison Martin Margiela 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star and Jack Purcell sneakers is discovered through an evolving dialogue between the bold colored canvas and clean paint. The more the sneakers are worn, the more their personality and color is revealed.

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The styles are available in four color ways based on heritage colors from the Converse archives: red, black, navy, and Margiela-exclusive vintage yellow, and are lined in premium off-white leather. Continue reading

SELFRIDGES LAUNCHES NO NOISE CAMPAIGN

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Reaffirming its commitment to creating shopping experiences that go beyond retail, SELFRIDGESTHE BEST DEPARTMENT STORE IN THE WORLD* – welcomes customers on a counter-intuitive retail journey: NO NOISE. From now to the end of February, NO NOISE AT SELFRIDGES urges customers to proactively seek out moments of peace and tranquility in a world that bombards them with information and stimulation.

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - JANUARY 10: Five hundred people gather for a mass meditation led by Andy Puddicombe, Co founder of HEADspace and Alannah Weston, Selfridges Creative Director to launch No Noise at Selfridges on January 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images for Selfridges)

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – JANUARY 10: Five hundred people gather for a mass meditation led by Andy Puddicombe, Co founder of HEADspace and Alannah Weston, Selfridges Creative Director to launch No Noise at Selfridges on January 10, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart Wilson/Getty Images for Selfridges)

NO NOISE AT SELFRIDGES’ initiatives, spaces and products promote calm and act as a catalyst for wellbeing throughout its eight-week run with:

THE SILENCE ROOM – the Ultralounge is transformed into a space for quiet contemplation

HEADSPACE – a mass meditation event and in-store initiatives designed to promote the benefits of maintaining a healthy mind

THE QUIET SHOP – de-branded products curated by Selfridges in the concept store

MINDFUL ART INSTALLATIONS from Chinese artists in the window (on Duke Street) and four exclusive windows by artist Katie Paterson (on Orchard Street)

THE IDLER ACADEMY – a series of talks and workshops to induce inner calm

JOHN CAGE, CHRIS WHEELER & THE HERITAGE ORCHESTRA giving representations of 4’33‘’, John Cage’s most famous piece of music for orchestra

THE HEADSPACE POD – travelling between the Manchester and Birmingham stores Continue reading