JW Anderson's Latest Converse Collab is Inspired by His Personal Toy Collection
Jonathan Anderson is known for his design chops treading the line between cool and luxurious, holding down the fort for both his eponymous label and Spanish fashion house Loewe. One of the most successful British designers to date, Anderson is the only person to have ever received both the womenswear and menswear design awards from the British Fashion Awards in the same year. While his refined designs are mostly on the upscale end of the spectrum (LVMH acquired a minority stake in JW Anderson and then appointed him to head LVMH-owned Loewe in 2013), he’s not a stranger to high-low collaborations either. He had a wildly successful partnership with Topshop back in 2012, his collaboration with Japanese fast-fashion label Uniqlo is in its second season and now, he’s releasing his second collection with Converse.
His first collection with the Nike-owned heritage brand appeared in the 2018 Spring/Summer JW Anderson show at Pitti Uomo, and featured the Converse All-Star and Thunderbolt 84 silhouettes. The classic All-Star was remixed with mismatched glitter uppers in pink and blue and black and green while the Thunderbolt 84 featured a smorgasbord of rainbow colors. The collection also boasted the super-popular Logo Grid Chuck Taylor.
This time around, Anderson is taking an even more playful approach to the closet staple. Inspired by his own love of collecting toys, the new Chucks take a page from Ron Nagle’s ceramics and sculptures. Aptly called the “Toy” collection, the four-pair range features the Chuck 70 Hi and Chuck 70 Ox in gradient, patent leather and oversized fuzzy laces.
Anderson’s ability to elevate basics makes for the perfect partnership with the Nike-owned heritage brand. Everyone owns a pair of Chucks, but these fashion-Chucks land in the happy medium for those who want to strike that balance between casual and classic but still telling everyone, “I’m trendy and fashionable.”
The “Toy” collection will be available starting July 19 at retailers worldwide, with prices ranging from $140 USD for the low-tops to $150 USD for the high-tops. If you’re in London, there will be a pop-up gallery and store from July 19 to 22 at 20 Beak Street in Soho, featuring artwork inspired by the collection by Los Angeles-based artist Delfin Finley.