THE STREETS OF BERLIN INSPIRE NEW COLLABORATION FROM CONVERSE AND LEGENDARY SKATE SHOP CIVILIST
Since its debut in 2009, Alex “Foley” Flach has established Civilist as a household name in the global skateboarding community. The Berlin-based store serves as a culture hub for creativity, music, art and skateboarding. On November 18th, 2017, Converse and Civilist celebrate the role Berlin has played in driving global street culture with interpretations of the One Star Pro and Chuck Taylor All Star Pro inspired by the city.
Both Converse CONS and Civilist have a long history in the skateboarding and streetwear communities, offering products to the innovators that sit at a unique intersection where skate style and functionality collide to create an alternative lifestyle.
The Converse Cons x Civilist pack pays homage to the history, evolution and grit of Berlin using the entire surface of the sneaker to tell its story.
Two iconic silhouettes, the One Star Pro and Chuck Taylor All Star Pro, have also witnessed significant and compelling moments in culture and continue to influence and be interpreted by youth culture.
Designed for skateboarders, the pack takes its inspiration from two of the most famous landmarks representing Berlin – the TV Tower in the East, and the Radio Tower in the West.
The CONS One Star Pro in white and CONS CTAS All Star Pro in black represent the stark contrast between the two, and come together as a pack to represent the united Berlin as we know it today. Refined with subtle details such as a debossed Civilist logo on heel straps, a Berlin city outline on the tongue and transparent soles backed by the visuals of Berlin’s highest buildings, both silhouettes are designed for everyday comfort and wearability.
The sneakers also utilize Nike Lunarlon technology for enhanced cushioning and traction rubber for better board feel.
The collection launches on November 18th at Civilist’s store in Berlin, and online, where it will be exclusively sold for two days. It will be available at select retailers worldwide on November 20th.
It all started in 2009, in Berlin-Mitte. Formerly used as an art gallery, we didn’t change the interior that much. We left the concrete floor coating the way it was, and only added a wall unit from the 50ies and some other furniture. This was the set up were we, Alex Flach and Andreas Hesse, wanted to build up a space that was part skate store, part street wear boutique, and a place where art exhibitions and launches could happen. And where all different kinds of people could meet – musicians, artists, skateboarders, BMX riders. Exactly what we have encountered in Berlin’s skateboarding scene and in its club culture. And we wanted to take this approach into our store.
ABOUT CONVERSE CONS
People have been skateboarding in Converse shoes for decades, long before we decided to actually engineer them for performance. Now we make Converse CONS sneakers for all types of skateboarders and their personal style, on and off the street. Using classic Chuck Taylor and One Star styles, CONS includes enhanced cushioning, durable upper materials and advanced outsoles for superior boardfeel and grip.