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Converse may already be the global icon for trendy casual footwear, but the brand has just gained some extra street cred by partnering up with the godfather of Harajuku fashion Hiroshi Fujiwara. The new Converse CONS CTS fragment design collection is the brainchild of this collaboration, a five piece line of sneakers with fresh new designs. Three members of the new series come in simple, understated colours—black, parchment and navy, while the remaining two are slightly bolder, with metallic streaks of either gold or silver running along the sides of the canvas.

Being a fan of the iconic Converse Chucks sneakers, Fujiwara has always wanted to work together with the sneaker label. “I love the classic Converse silhouettes. I wanted to put my mark on a legendary sneaker, keeping its simplicity but adding my own aesthetic,” he said. “This is just the beginning.”

In addition to the traditional Converse cut, the new collection also maintains the durability of typical CONS footwear, keeping the Lunarlon sockliners and nickel hardware that make the sneakers comfortable yet resilient.

Text by Tanya Anthony