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Converse x Maison Martin Margiela Collection

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

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Converse Inc. announces its all-new collection with avant-garde French fashion house Maison Martin Margiela. The first-time Converse Maison Martin Margiela collaboration features the Chuck Taylor All Star and the Jack Purcell sneakers, each completely hand-painted in Maison Martin Margiela’s iconic white paint. Covering all canvas, eyelets, laces and soles, they naturally crack and shed their outer coat of paint to reveal the original colors beneath.

The personality of the Converse Maison Martin Margiela 1970s Chuck Taylor All Star and Jack Purcell sneakers is discovered through an evolving dialogue between the bold colored canvas and clean paint. The more the sneakers are worn, the more their personality and color is revealed. “The Maison has always been obsessed with white; it is used as a layer to give an incognito feeling. A sort of poetry, with the passage of time, the shoe asserts itself,” says Maison Martin Margiela.

Converse First String is a limited-edition collection that celebrates craftsmanship, authenticity and collaboration at the highest level. The Converse Maison Martin Margiela sneakers will be available for purchase globally at Margiela stores, and at select Converse First String retailers.

Maison Martin Margiela

About Maison Martin Margiela:

Maison Martin Margiela is a French fashion house founded in 1988. A cross-section between fashion and design, the Maison presents Haute Couture and ready-to-wear collections and indulges in leather goods, footwear, accessories, fragrances, interior design and furniture. In 2002 Maison Martin Margiela joined OTB, the holding company of Diesel, Marni, Viktor&Rolf, Staff International and Brave Kids.

Converse Ink

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

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Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers are like a personal canvas waiting to be painted on. And now you can go pro at our customization studio at Size? Carnaby Street, London.

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At the studio you can choose from a wide array of graphics and colours to turn your new Chucks into your own personal masterpiece. Pick which sneakers you’d like to start off with, then start being creative. Our Customization Maestro’s are there to help you get the best out of your design, by providing one-on-one assistance.

Customize

The ‘Converse Ink’ customization studio is located on the first floor at Size? Carnaby Street London. So drop by, have a look and get creative.

And, don’t forget to upload a picture of your masterpieces on our Facebook page.

Batman: Arkham City – Armored Edition

Monday, November 26th, 2012

Batman: Arkham City Armored Edition Now Available for Wii U.

Watch The Demo

Game features re-imagined gadgets engineered specifically to harness the power of the Wii U GamePad.

Battle Armored Tech Mode (B.A.T. Mode) – All new armored suits provide power-ups for Batman and Catwoman during combat.

Includes all previous released DLC: Harley Quinn’s Revenge, Catwoman Pack, Nightwing bundle pack, and much more.

BACAE

History In The Making: Lil Twist

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Lil Twist has been rapping basically since he could talk and had his first single out when he was a precocious ten-year-old in Dallas. With that kind of overachieving resume, it’s no surprise that at 18, he’s been signed to Young Money for the past year after touring with the full roster. He’s now hard at work on his debut album, Don’t Get It Twisted, which is already one of the most anticipated albums of the year. He took a few minutes to talk to us about getting signed through sheer persistence, adjusting to his new lifestyle, and his plans to become an actor.

I know you’re in the middle of making your debut album. Where are you in that process? Are you still laying down tracks?
Lil Twist: I’m still in the studio right now, but I’m almost done. I only need a few more features and a few more solo songs and I’ll be done. I’m like seven songs in.

You’ve got some big names featured on this album What’s it been like working with them?
It’s been amazing. They’ve been my family for a few years. They’ve been encouraging me for so many years. Now that it’s finally my time to step up to the plate it’s even better—better advice, everything.

How does the process of making a full album compare to putting out a mixtape?
I’m way more focused on the album. On the mixtape I’m really just rapping and getting off what I need to tell my people. On the album I’m trying to actually make straight radio-ready records.

How did you first get signed to the Young Money label?
I ran up on Cortez Bryant—who is my manager now—a few years back . I met Cortez backstage—all the radio personalities let him know who I was because I had a record out at the time—and we exchanged contact information. Months passed, or even a year passed, and I kept calling his business phone, just kept calling him. Then I got word that he was performing an hour away from where I’m from, so my mom drove me down there and I begged him to let me perform. He said, “Let me see what this kid’s got.” I went up there and gave it my all and after that we kept in contact. They flew me to Atlanta to see how I could develop and produce in the studio, and they loved my work ethic and I’ve been in Young Money ever since.

Is all this success a surprise to you, or did you kind of expect to live the kind of life you’re living now?
Since I was a young boy just starting to rap I’ve always wanted to see how I could adjust to it and see if I could ever take this life. It’s still kind of overwhelming, but I love it.

Do you want to act in films?
Oh yeah, I have a few things on the table now.

That’s cool. Anything you can talk about?
I don’t want talk too early, but I can say that I have a reality series for MTV, and I have some movie scripts on the table with A-list actors.

Sounds busy. Is there anything you want to do that you aren’t doing? What’s number one on your to-do list?
I want to drop this album and sell as many records as possible. That’s my main goal, that’s my focus. I want all my fans to love me and the music that I’m getting ready to put out. That’s what I haven’t done and that’s what I look forward to doing.

Lil Twist
Young Money

Glamourous Duds on a Budget

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Looking for some duds to go with your new Chucks, Jack Purcell’s, or to pair with your new Converse hoodie or tee? Here are some tips on how to round out your outfit from some pros.

If you’re reading this, you probably aren’t rich. If you are rich… Good for you, I guess? Go buy yourself something nice! For the rest of us, it’s sort of a struggle to be able to buy clothes at all, let alone clothes that make us look good. And how are you supposed to become rich without looking good?

Fortunately, if you don’t mind a little dust and a lot of hard work, you can get a whole new look on the cheap by shopping at thrift stores. From 50′s vintage dresses to new-with-tags designer jeans, second-hand shops like Savers, Salvation Army, Goodwill, and AMVETS are often hiding some great clothes in the aisles of mom jeans and stacks of t-shirts given away during corporate retreats.

First, make sure you give the stores a call before you head over to find out the best way to stretch your dollar: many places will give a discount to students on certain days or offer a discount when you donate an unwanted item. Bring your friends and plan at least an hour to spend digging through the ugly Christmas sweaters and #1 GRANDPA t-shirts to find the hidden treasures. Don’t be afraid to try on anything and everything you think you might like; a skirt that looks only okay on the hanger might look great on you. Once you find something you like, think about how that new piece will work with your existing wardrobe. Even if something’s dirt cheap, it’s not worth it if you’ll never get a chance to wear it. Keep an eye out in thrift stores for hand-made vintage pieces that are one-of-a-kind; they often go for a song but are better made than most of the fast fashion being produced today.

Stores that operate on a trade system—bring them your old clothes and leave with some new duds—tend to be a little pricier than a regular thrift shop, but they usually offer a more curated, high-end selection. If you can find a good tailor in your neighborhood, you can open up a world of possibilities when thrift shopping. Simple changes like taking up a hem are around $10, so if those $7 jeans are a little too long, you can still snap them up and have them shortened.

Clothing swap parties are another great option if you’re shopping on a budget. Tell your friends to pack a bag filled with clothes that don’t fit anymore or that they’re just plain sick of, spread all the clothes out on your couch, have a fashion show, and send everyone home with some totally free, new-to-them pieces. You never know what unworn treasures could be hiding in your friend’s closet—maybe they can find a happy home in yours.

If you’ve absolutely got to buy something new, try online shopping first—you can almost always find a discount by searching the company’s name. Never buy anything online without one! If you can’t find a coupon code that works, chances are that if you call or email the company and ask if a discount is available they’ll happily offer one up. The next step is to call your local brick-and-mortar store and make sure your dream shoes or skirt aren’t cheaper in-store. You might also be able to get around shipping costs by having it shipped to the store instead of your home. When it comes to shopping on a budget, a little time spent can end up saving you some big bucks.

Customize Your Own Converse

Tuesday, June 28th, 2011

You are now able to design your own Converse sneakers! Choose from lots of colours, patterns and models and customize them just the way you want to. The combinations are endless.

Which Shoe Are You?
There’s a design for everyone.

Take the quiz to find out what design you are.
Start an original here!

Converse would like to acknowledge all of the photographers that contributed with material:

Matt Handy (Leather)
Alex Erde (Original)
Tim Patterson (Hi)
Lauren Briskin / Greenkozi (Lo)
Ilbevdu (Day)
Akaporn Brothisuwan (Good)
Derek Purdy (Bad)

Thank you!

Zoe Jenkin

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Zoe Jenkin started Double Magazine while studying Fashion Communications at university. It grew from a university project into a full-time hobby and she now publishes a new issue online every month. She gets her friends in London and Manchester to help style and shoot photo spreads while others contribute interviews and articles on themes from fashion to music to cinema.

You are the founder and creative director behind the website. What inspired you to start Double Magazine?
Well it just started as a blog, really, but I’ve always been pretty obsessed with magazines, I tend to hoard them! I guess this was a way of producing my own magazine without the massive costs of a printed one, and also to act as a platform to promote the creative work of my peers and myself. It also kept me focused, driven and strengthened my skills throughout university. I love the idea of a magazine only filled with hot, new, fresh, talented creative people, not just interviews with the same old people you could read anywhere.

How do you come up with the monthly themes for each issue?
Usually something just catches my eye, which gets me thinking – it could be an image, a book, an item of clothing, anything really. The Spiritual Issue was all derived from the fact that my Dad is a retired vicar and he was busy planning a lot of Easter-related services and talks. I’m not religious myself but I wanted to explore the idea of how different people may interpret ‘Spiritualism’, be it religion, the afterlife, witchcraft, theology, astrology or whatever.

How do you execute the themes, for example, how did you interpret the Spiritual Issue?
Well because I have monthly contributors who work under a fairly broad brief, it means I am always guaranteed to receive very varied interpretations of that month’s theme. This leaves me free to interpret the theme however I like too. I art-directed and styled two fashion shoots for this issue: one was inspired by the film The Craft; I always kind of wanted to be a witch, so this was a good opportunity to experiment with the idea of witchcraft and black magic through fashion and imagery. The other was a more traditional interpretation of Spiritualism, shot in a church, with themes of good and evil, white and black, tainted and innocence.

Do you think there is room for re-interpreting fashion in daily life?
Yes absolutely. I personally would be lost without being able to reinterpret fashion everyday. In the last issue I ended up making a headpiece out of a bra and a lace skirt. And even things like wearing my mum’s old jewelry or my Dad’s old shirts – I don’t think he would wear them with knee high socks and wooden wedges! Re-interpretation of fashion is what gives people more room to be creative and individual.

Do you find fashion to have a different meaning to people in Manchester and London?
Yeah definitely. Mostly just based on circumstance and geography, though. To me, in London there is a sort of unwritten understanding that there’s total freedom of expression, personality and individuality through what your wear; it’s almost expected that people will dress more creatively there. It can even get quite competitive and how you dress relates much more to status there too. I think there is still style individuality in Manchester there just isn’t a huge outlet to be able to be so expressive. I think generally it is more about interpreting trends with your own twist rather than being completely unique. Although Manchester definitely has its fashion mavericks who are leading the way up north for a more creative fashion future.

Double Magazine

Florie Millet

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Florie Millet is a 23-year-old artisan who works for a French online magazine. In leading the “Art & Design” section of madmoiZelle.com, she discusses in detail how she creates one-of-a-kind pieces of jewelery. She has created a deep connection with her readers with her funny, creative articles, as well her personal blog that shows off her passion for cooking and music. What can’t this girl do?!

How did you start working at MadmoiZelle ?
After getting my high school diploma – with a focus in industrial design, I took some “plastic arts” lessons with a specialization in digital technology. A job interview and a diet coke later with the editor-in-chief,I had a job at madmoiZelle as a webmaster and a cultural journalist.

What inspires you?
I draw my inspiration from magazines, photo shoots, articles, music videoclips, etc. When I fall in love with an accessory, a tendency, etc, I try to get some inspiration from it and then create something my own way. Or sometimes, I start with an idea, and little by little, I add some details, like a ribbon, some pearls, etc, and eventually it ends up completely different from what I first pictured myself.

I utilize the same materials often: polymer clay, some cotton, wool, probably because I used to watch my grandma sewing. I also really enjoy collecting old things such as pearls from broken necklaces, cheap materials found in thrift shops, ribbons from old t-shirts etc.

What about your next projects?
Well, I really want to keep on creating jewelery. For me first of all. It’s only when I think it can be appreciated by other girls that I write about it and prepare a tutorial to post on madmoiZelle. But I have to admit that currently, I’m really into interior decorating. I guess it’s because of the very white walls I have at home!

Check out MadmoiZelle for more of Flo’s unique designs.

Pelayo Diaz

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Originally from Spain, Pelayo Diaz studies fashion design at Central Saint Martin’s in London and is already somewhat of a fixture in the fashion blogosphere. When he started modifying regular t-shirts with safety pins last year giving an old punk trend an updated look, everyone took notice.

How and when did you first get the idea to modify your t-shirts with safety pins?
It was last September, a couple of days before flying to New York for fashion week with friends that I wanted to wear something different, something made by myself.

It must be very labour-intensive, how many pins do you use per t-shirt?
I use about 500 per t-shirt, as the pins go all around the neck sleeve and chest… it takes about 4 hours! And I can’t make more than two in a row because my eyes get very tired. I feel like an old man because I have to keep stopping!

How do you try to make your own creativity popular?
Well, I guess mostly by posting it on my blog, katelovesme.net, and it helps that the pictures I posted were shot by other known bloggers.

Do you modify a lot of the things you own/buy? What are some other examples?
Yeah I do… I remember back in Spain when my mum used to buy me clothes, I would go to my grandmother and ask her to do alterations for me. I used to really love watching her sew. Then I remember sewing dozens of buttons on a t-shirt, over a huge logo that was already there. Everyone used to ask me about that t-shirt whenever I wore it. I think customizing clothes is a sign that you really love them.

Kate Loves Me

Kylie Griffiths

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2011

Kylie Griffiths is a 22 year old freelance fashion stylist from East London. Instead of going to university she has thrust herself into full-time work, assisting established stylists first, and now working independently. She has styled shoots with Jammer, Jack Peñate Qemists and Lois Winstone and assisted on shoots for Wonderland magazine with Carri Mundan (aka CassettePlaya).

What exactly is being a stylist all about? Do you just dress people?
A stylist’s job is mainly coming up with looks and outfitting artists or individuals, as well as learning how to make people look good in what they wear.

If you’re working on editorial shoots, then you have to “pull” (borrow) clothes from fashion labels to go along with the theme of the shoot or storyline. This involves interpreting the art director’s brief. Other times you may have to help someone dress for special events.

A lot of it is about putting clothes on people, but there’s also the other side of things, which includes organisation for shoots, and researching new looks and styles, as well as working very long hours.

What do you use to research and put together a look for a person or a photo shoot? What sort of things need to be considered?
I have various blogs and websites I look at for Inspiration as well as looking through old magazines for ideas. I also go to Fashion Week shows. Each shoot is different. It depends on whether it’s for a magazine, a music video or a celebrity. Sometimes I will do a sketch/illustration of how I want to dress each person in the shoot and show that to them and the director first. I usually bring a large selection of clothes that I have borrowed along with things like safety pins and tape in case something fits wrong or I need to alter it on-site.

What’s your personal ’style’, and is this reflected in your work?
My personal style is pretty much grunge. I live in baggy t-shirts, plaid shirts and ripped jeans. I mainly shop in charity shops and on eBay. I like finding weird individual pieces. A lot of the grunge influences can be seen in my work, but depending on what it is I’m styling it wouldn’t always work. I love using clothes I’ve found as well as designers.

Kylie Griffiths