Japanese streetwear OG, NEIGHBORHOOD returns for a second collaboration with sportswear giant, Converse. While the pairing seems like strange bedfellows at first glance—after all, Converse has its roots in basketball while NEIGHBORHOOD built its empire on the cult culture—scroll through the gallery above and you'll discover that, yet again, it's a killer combination of two different worlds.
For their second go-around, NEIGHBORHOOD's creative director Shinsuke Takizawa wanted to unite different worlds through their signature subversion of counter-culture. The starting point of the collaboration? The idea of resistance to the norm and how the unlikely elements of basketball and motorcycling can meld harmoniously; best expressed through the Chuck Taylors that were born from the collaboration.
The iconic canvas sneaker is given a luxurious and utilitarian upgrade. Rendered in a triple-black colourway in leather and rubber, the sneaker sees an addition of a shoelace guard that is more than just a stylistic detail—it serves as protection for the sneaker when the rider shifts gears on a bike. Rounding out the sneaker collection is the black Jack Purcell in suede with white contrast piping and Japanese Kanji text that translates to 'teiko'—meaning 'resistance'.
That ethos of marrying both Converse and NEIGHBORHOOD's DNA is most evident in the clothing segment of the collection. The idea was to showcase the past and present together, overlaying Converse's contemporary logos with a nihilistic take on the classic Converse star and retro NBHB graphics, presented on a collection of hoodies, sweat pants, basketball shorts and tank tops.
Haven't encountered either of these brands before? (First, how could you have not?) Then this collaboration is your perfect entry point to enjoy the aesthetics and cult status of both brands.