Bandulu Embroider the Classic Converse Chuck 70 and Pro LeatherRelease: 11 February 2021
Self-proclaimed ‘street couture’ specialists Bandulu have stitched up another collaboration with Converse, this time on the Chuck 70 and Pro Leather. Bandulu is a Boston-based brand founded by Pat Peltier, and are best known for heavily embroidered refurbishing of vintage clothing, giving these old garments an intentionally bootlegged aesthetic. Having previously worked with Converse back in 2015, the two collaborators are revisiting some familiar motifs.
The Chuck 70 is something of a textural masterpiece. Instead of the usual heavyweight canvas – which is already tactile AF – these collaborative Cons use even hardier material closer to burlap. This raised weave allows plenty of Bandulu’s signature faux-paint drip embroidery to attach itself all over the uppers. The splatter also sprays onto the midsole and outsole in print form. Bandulu branding is displayed on the top of the tongues in nothing other than more embroidery.
Meanwhile, the Pro Leather takes some deadass inspiration and goes for the full wheat boot look. What was once one of Converse’s other iconic basketball shoes is now a heritage street sneaker, so the golden brown nubuck isn’t so out of place. Again, Bandulu’s heavy embroidery decorates the ankle collars here, with some additional stitched splatter on the toe box. There’s also a subtle stamped branding on the lateral side in place of the usual Pro Leather.
The Bandulu x Converse collaboration releases on February 11.