The buzz is Converse is dropping an Andy Warhol All Star Collection this January. There’s going to be a limited edition run of only 200 pairs sold within the US.
I’m excited …for now. But I know what’s coming, most of these Converses will end up in plexiglass boxes in collector’s houses. The only stores that will actually carry a pair, will be in Manhattan, NY. I will continue to dream of owning a pair only to be driven to Ebay where the disappointment will continue as the opening bid is a whopping $800.00 dollars or more.
All the other collaborations were just as thrilling; the Lichtenstein, Hirst. There was even a Nate Lowman collaboration; he had Converses cut from his actual canvas reinterpretations of abstract expressionist Willem de Kooning’s “Marilyn Monroe” (1954). I understood the $2500 price tag for those – I mean, it took 10 hours to construct each pair.
I just prefer the PR around these Converse artist collaborations to be a little more forthcoming. How about:
Converse will launch a new limited-edition series of sneakers, the Chuck Taylor All Star Andy Warhol, featuring a selection of beloved Warhol prints – Good Luck Getting a Pair.
The new Andy Warhol x Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Collection kicks are for looking at and sighing; you will never actually wear a pair.
Converse…please just be like the Pop Shop and mass produce wearable art that people actually have a chance at owning.
That is all – my rant is over.