Nigel Cabourn Brings Military Influence to New Converse Collection

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April 08, 2013

Nigel Cabourn Brings Military Influence to New Converse Collection

Spring 2013 Nigel Cabourn for Converse footwear collection uses WWII flight suit fabric.
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Today, Converse Inc. announces the launch of the Nigel Cabourn for Converse First String footwear collection, including the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey and the all-new Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty Plimsole. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne-based designer Nigel Cabourn is a veteran of the fashion industry who is widely recognized for his take on heritage garments, men’s outerwear, military-inspired apparel and utilitarian functionality.

For this collection, Cabourn examines Converse’s rich American heritage of boots and sneakers created for the outdoors and the military, and infuses his own designs into the Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey with rich Ventile fabric uppers in military-inspired navy and olive green colors. Ventile fabric was developed for use in World War II flight suits as a material to protect Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire pilots when they ejected from their planes into icy waters. Ventile fabric extended survival time tenfold and saved many pilots’ lives. Suits made with Ventile fabric remain in use by British Royal Air Force to this day.

“The Ventile fabric adds such a strong element of history and design to this collection. I chose the All Star Bosey for its military-like chunky sole and 1940s appeal. I had been thinking about creating a British Army P.E. sneaker, hence the development of the plimsole silhouette,” Cabourn says. 

Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey
The Chuck Taylor All Star Bosey is an update to the classic Converse Bosey silhouette with archive boot detailing. The rubber foxing features raised stripes and the versatile Ventile fabric on the shoe’s upper is a staple throughout the Nigel Cabourn apparel collection. The tightly woven cotton fabric is wind- and water-resistant, an ideal choice for a variety of weather conditions. Available from Thursday, April 12 in olive green and navy for SRP $150 (sizes 7 – 13). 

Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty Plimsole
The Chuck Taylor All Star Specialty Plimsole fuses a 1941 British P.E. training shoe with vintage Converse detailing. An ultra-high grade Italian denim is featured on the sneaker’s upper and is paired with a canvas lining and utilitarian garment detailing. Available from Friday, June 14 in ­­­­grey, brown and off-white for SRP $100 (sizes 7 – 13).

The Nigel Cabourn for Converse footwear collection will be available at End Clothing in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Concepts in Boston, and Tenue de Nimes in Amsterdam.

*Ventile is a trademark of Talbot Weaving (Chorley) Limited.

About Converse
Converse Inc., based in N. Andover, Massachusetts, is a wholly owned subsidiary of NIKE, Inc. Established in 1908, the Converse brand has built a reputation as “America’s Original Sports Company”™ and has been associated with a rich heritage of legendary shoes such as the Chuck Taylor® All Star® shoe, the Jack Purcell® shoe and the One Star® shoe. Today, Converse offers a diverse portfolio including lifestyle men's, women's and children’s footwear, apparel and accessories. Converse product is sold globally by retailers in over 160 countries and through 78 company-owned retail locations in the U.S. For more information, visit Converse on the web at Media.Converse.com.
 

Press Contacts:
Lacy Pica
Converse
646-563-7830 / lacy.pica@converse.com

Simon Wainwright
Converse EMEA
+31 35 626 9929 / simon.wainwright@converse.com