Barriers & Converse Launch Their Debut Collaboration

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Brand: Barriers x Converse

Model: Pro Leather & Chuck 70

Release Date: July 21

Price: TBC

Buy: Online at Barriers Worldwide & Converse

Editor’s Notes: An education through style – sounds neat, right? Well, there’s the founding mission of Steven Barter’s Barriers. Sure, we’re able to buy into brands and cop our favorite pieces and sneakers, but accessibility to meaningful teaching and learning to amplify messages of progress isn’t always possible – and that’s where Barriers forward fashion positioning in youth culture comes in.

Using its products to inspire, pushing its community by expressing the idea of “being in the know” to “what you know,” Barriers looks back to look forward with an understanding of black history and the figures from key moments.

This serves as the basis for the NYC-based brand’s upcoming collection with Converse. Arriving as a debut collaboration, the duo draws inspiration from The North Star, a 19th-century anti-slavery newspaper, pulling Converse’s iconic star motif to connect the dots.

Every element of the collection has been carefully considered and interwoven with the history at its heart; from the physical products, motifs, and product names, everything is deep-rooted in historical education.

First up in the “TRUE POWER COMES FROM WITHIN,” Chuck 70 which combines premium canvas with embroidered text, cobranded details, and unmissable custom star graphics. For the second of the sneaker offerings, the Pro Leather, dubbed “ELEVATE HISTORY. EMPOWER THE FUTURE,” comes complete with a rich suede upper, contrasting lace, cowry-shell-inspired lace jewel, and a Sherpa star chevron.

Completing the pack is the “LIVE FREE. PLAY FREE” selection of court-ready apparel lines, including a hoodies, t-shirts, and shorts with custom co-branded elements and stars.

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