On the heel of its year long Converse 100th Anniversary Celebration, Converse Japan launched its newest collection to mark the start of the New Year. Drawn inspiration from the loosely affiliated World’s Fair expositions, which Japan’s been an exhibitor since 1867. The new collection, EXPO Nippon, focus on some of the best creative heritages in Japan.
The Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star – Owari-Shippo Hi derived from porcelain craft with the same name. Perfected over centuries at Japan’s Aichi Prefecture (æ„›çŸ¥çœŒ), Owari-Shippo (å°¾å¼µä¸ƒå®) highlights the glazing technique of “7 treasures” or Shippo (ä¸ƒå®). The process also creates a glass-like sheen to the porcelain’s surface, demonstrated on All-Star’s patent leather upper, segmented to common colors found on traditional Owari-Shippo porcelain. Metallic gold and silver details and piping were added, similar to the minute finishes on a Owari-Shippo piece. Comes in 2 different color sets, the Converse Chuck Taylor All-Star – Owari-Shippo Hi is currently available at selected sneaker boutiques across Japan, including FLAUGE of ZOZOTOWN shopping network.
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