Market Watch: Converse by John Varvatos Chucks

Zandile Blay

PAPER's new market editor Zandile Blay is a lady of many hats. Sometimes she's in London reporting backstage at the Issa show with Chanel Iman, sometimes she's talking to Don King about his shoes. From now on, she'll also be doling out the various cute and noteworthy items she happens upon during her various showroom visits around town in a new column called Market Watch.

The universe of Converse is a vast one indeed. At a recent "press day" they held for us magazine editors, the iconic sneaker brand showcased a zillion lines within the brand including a Product (Red) collaboration, a British rock line and Converse eyewear. Season in and season out, though, my all-time favorite is the John Varvatos Collection, and once again it did not disaapoint. The full range -- from mens to womens -- featured relaxed, well made pieces that echo Brit chic. But what caught my eye were these mens coated canvas high top Chucks with soft leather laces. They debut in a few months online at www.getchucked.com and at major department stores nationwide.

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