The respective blank canvases of Carhartt WIP and Converse products have long served individuals and their own personal sense of style, developing a unique look and characteristics through repeat wear. This forms the basis of the brands’ latest collaboration, which sees a one-of-a-kind Chuck 70 created from upcycled Carhartt canvas fabrics.
As Converse continues the expansion of its upcycling textile capabilities through Renew – an ongoing initiative to develop new, innovative and more sustainable ways of creating Converse products – vintage canvas Carhartt garments become the second example of Converse’s capacity to turn single-source upcycled textiles into footwear.
No two pairs of the resulting Chuck 70s are exactly alike: 1,000 pre-worn canvas Carhartt work jackets, trousers and overalls, sourced from UK-based fashion & vintage retailer, Beyond Retro, were sorted into three colour ranges – Navy, Black and Brown – and then butterfly cut to create individual Chuck 70 shoe panels.
Each pair of the Chuck 70 showcases the craftsmanship championed by both brands, while the Tri-Panel execution places emphasis on the patina and stitching details typically associated with Carhartt WIP garments.
The accompanying campaign images were created by Mark Chiarello, a graphic illustrator who has previously collaborated with Carhartt WIP. Showcasing his signature comic-book aesthetic, the series of images focuses on the three fabric colourways used, through a series of abstract, overlaid elements.