Sunday, 8 September 2013

Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela

00O00 Menswear Blog: Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela September 2013
Walked past Selfridges at London's Oxford Street today and I literally had to turn back to take this picture. An entire window near their main entrance is dedicated to the Jack Purcell x Hudson's Bay Company sneakers collaboration.

Now before I go any further: are all Jack Purcells Converse sneakers, but not all Converse sneakers are Jack Purcells? In the words of Zack Johnson (Big Bang Theory's Penny's hunky ex-boyfriend): "are all thumbs fingers, but not all fingers are thumbs?". I LOVE The Big Bang Theory, but let's not wander too far here. I really should Wikipedia stuff before I blog. Jack Purcell was a Canadian world champion badminton player, who designed the popular sneakers that we are all wearing today. Converse purchased the trademark in the 70s, so it is not wrong to address them as Converse Jack Purcell.

What about Chuck Taylor you ask. Chuck was a basketball player who worked for Converse in the 1920s and was credited for improving the design of the sneakers we all still love today. And those classics do not go out of style. Jack Purcell sneakers have a 'smiley' face at the front. Confusing yet?

So Canadian retailer Hudson's Bay Company collaborated with Converse Jack Purcell, originally a Canadian. And I saw the shoes in the window of Selfridges, also owned by Canadians. Nice link? The shoes are gorgeous, my picture probably doesn't do it justice. These are not the regular white sneakers painted with coloured stripes. The body was made with the iconic Hudson's Bay wool blanket which you can see from official pics below:

00O00 Menswear Blog: Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela September 2013
00O00 Menswear Blog: Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela September 2013
Converse Jack Purcell x Hudson's Bay Company sneakers / Nikeinc

Ironically, I could not find the shoes online at Selfridges. You can however purchase them online at The Bay.

00O00 Menswear Blog: Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela September 2013
Also launching this September, are the Converse x Maison Martin Margiela sneakers. In signature Margiela style, the Jack Purcell and Chuck Taylor sneakers (you still following??) are all hand painted in Margiela's iconic white paint. Available in red, black, navy, and Margiela-exclusive vintage yellow, the white paint will peel off over time to reveal the base colour and achieve an artisanal effect.

00O00 Menswear Blog: Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela September 2013
00O00 Menswear Blog: Jack Purcell x Hudson’s Bay Company, Converse x Maison Martin Margiela September 2013
Converse x Maison Martin Margiela / Nikeinc

Do you have a favourite yet? I love Converse, I love Margiela, I love Converse collabs, my favourite being the Missoni ones. But I cannot deal with the white paint peeling off on my wooden flooring. Personally, I love the low cut Jack Purcell x Hudson's Bay sneakers. What about you?

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5 comments:

  1. I saw these Jack Purcell's at a trade show last month, and they're already in store. Flip that was quick. If memory serves me correctly Chuck Taylor didn't make it to professional basketball, buy started working for Converse and a super good sales rep and then went on to improve the designs. Really like the look of them.

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    1. yes i think you're right re chuck taylor. that's what is showing on wikipedia!

      the shoes are exclusive to selfridges till 11 sept, then available at selected stores nationwide :)

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  2. very cool, love the colour palette, they are very summerish and stylish! thanks for sharing

    www.thewild-swans.com

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  3. I am Canadian, therefore I need these in my life! Simple

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  4. The Bay do not ship to the UK, I have to order then send it to my Mothers house.

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