A-COLD-WALL* and Converse will be closing out the summer of 2020 with a new capsule collection presenting evolved modernism.

Following its debut on the runway last June during A-COLD-WALL*’s SS20 menswear presentation, the capsule collection is comprised of two unique articulations of Converse footwear (the Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged and Converse ERX) and two uniquely devised track suits.

The designs follow ACW’s hallmarks, asymmetry, material exploration and subdued color, and in honoring Converse’s heritage, Samuel Ross, founder of A-COLD-WALL*, ties a thread through from childhood to the maturation of his brand.

With the Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged, Ross translates his personal Black British Caribbean experience, Converse’s history and his design sensibilities to find a new, rugged form for the shoe.

“One of my earliest memories of Converse is owning a pair of navy All Stars at age 14. I was traveling to the Caribbean a lot and took those shoes on numerous hikes and across mountain trails,” says Ross. “So, the experience of my childhood effected this idea of changing the All Star into something that is more hard wearing. You have a mix of cultural experience overlaid with A-COLD-WALL*s opinion on how footwear should operate.”

If the Chuck Taylor All Star Lugged presents an overt usefulness, the Converse x A-COLD-WALL* ERX finds humanity in the abstract. Ross’ version pays homage to the shoe’s ruggedness, but in applying his signature cues he aims to “hit the balance of texture and material to carry a sense of memory.”

This amounts to a modernization of the ERX, again treading on the avant-garde with an allowance for new ergonomics. Textured suede, debossed elements and patina all work to add soul to the product. “On one side it looks incredibly engineered, but on the other it feels so human. It picks up on the sensitivity of the pale greys and slates,” says Ross.

The Converse x A-COLD-WALL* collection releases on a-cold-wall.com on Monday, Sept. 14, and on Converse.com and select retailers on Thursday, Sept. 17.

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