Converse has partnered with artist Katie Merz (KT) to bring her spontaneous artwork, known as URBNGLYPHS, to high top sneakers in Japan.
The custom designs will appear on Converse Chuck Taylors. Each pair of shoes features a blend of icons from Brooklyn and Japan and is labeled under the JPN x BKN moniker. For KT, the collaboration marks the first wearable license for KT.
KT’s art showcases glyphs representing the history, personality, and culture. Glyphs are are densely sandwiched in unique placements and includes words, neighborhood themes and icons, that are displayed on classical public buildings.
The artist’s work is also planned to be leveraged for future active and streetwear apparel, bags, and accessories as well as home furnishings and home decor around the globe in the future.
JPN x BKN Converse Chuck Taylors will be available in select retail stores and online through White Atelier by Converse Japan Co., a division of Itochu Group.