Converse x Basquiat
The barrier-breaking, street-inspired work of the late Jean-Michel Basquiat continues to make a lasting impact on art and culture today. With a collection of iconic styles, clothing and customizable Chucks, Converse celebrates his legacy and brings his influential work back to the street for a new generation.
Converse celebrates the street-inspired work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. The collaboration translates some of his most influential pieces to the canvasses of Converse classics, including this iteration of Kings of Egypt III on the premium Chuck 70. The design uses a digital print and embroidery details to recreate the artwork, which features signature Basquiat elements like the abstract face, cryptic type and crown motif. Suede overlays and a tonal patch elevate the look but keep the focus on the art. The pack also includes two kids footwear styles which will release online only.
For the Skidgrip, the pair features an explosion of abstract text and distorted iconography pops off the archival canvas, creating a vibrant visual language that’s influenced by Egyptian history but firmly rooted in street culture.
For the tees, rubber ink and puff screen printed graphics are used to to recreate the artwork, which features signature Basquiat elements like the abstract face, cryptic type and crown motif.
Lastly, the heavyweight fleece sweatshirt features the iconic print appears in large type down the entire back of the sweatshirt, and the signature crown motif is printed on the front.
The Converse x Basquiat Collection drops 16 September at the CPT, JHB and online store.