Feng Chen Wang Gets Personal with the Converse Jack PurcellRelease: 6 August 2020
Trailblazing Chinese designer Feng Chen Wang turned heads earlier this year when she unveiled her own distinctive take on the iconic Converse Jack Purcell at London Fashion Week Men’s. Part of her AW20 presentation, Feng’s highly anticipated third capsule with Converse is finally set for release.
The mind-bending build features layers that shine a light on the past with a vision to the future, as Feng explains, ‘What you see [in the Jack Purcell] isn’t a pattern, but actually a graphic. This graphic came out from my name in Chinese characters. People might see that as a pattern, but it’s actually a graphic.’
The Jack Purcell you know has been remixed completely, with an adjustment to the form and dimensions of the upper, altering the iconic and normally slim profile. The upper makes use of a suede and leather material combination with exaggerated contours through layering. As always Feng embeds her own personal design nuances throughout – like her namesake ‘Feng Chen Wang’ in three Mandarin characters, 王逢陈. With each character serving as a pattern piece, the result was a conceptual take that jointly celebrated the heritage of both Feng and Converse.
The Feng Chen Wang x Converse Jack Purcell collaboration is also complemented with five unique garments and a set of accessories (pictured above). Each piece in the collection has a strong focus on material, structure and reflectivity with the aim of revealing the silhouette’s unique design elements – like asymmetrical hem lines, blended fabrics, and reflective and textured nuances.
We recently connected with Feng Chen Wang to delve deeper into her sneaker collaborations, childhood, girl power, and the role that heritage plays in her work. Check out our exclusive feature here.