In joining forces on their collaborative project, http://stussy.com/” target=”_blank”>Stussy and http://converse.com/” target=”_blank”>Converse looked to certain individuals for inspiration, whose spirit and drive personified the core principles of both brands. For the Stussy x Converse Summer 2012 collection — made up of the http://freshnessmag.com/2012/03/12/stussy-x-converse-sea-star/” target=”_blank”>Sea Star and http://freshnessmag.com/2012/03/12/stussy-x-converse-elm/” target=”_blank”>Elm sneakers — the brands looked to musician http://hannielkhatib.com/” target=”_blank”>Hanni El Khatib. Currently living in L.A. and signed to the http://innovativeleisure.net/” target=”_blank”>Innovative Leisure record label, Hanni grew up skateboarding in San Francisco, eventually signing on with http://hufworldwide.com/” target=”_blank”>HUF as creative director. He’s since moved on, following his dream to become a fulltime musician. (Check out a sampling of Hanni’s brand of hard-driving music, used in a 2011 Converse promo clip, http://freshnessmag.com/2011/08/09/converse-history-made-and-in-the-making-video/” target=”_blank”>here.) Stussy and Converse salute Hanni’s creative passion. The co-branded Sea Star and Elm are available now at Stussy chapters and http://stussy.com/us/collections/limited-edition” target=”_blank”>online.