Sonya Sombreuil‘s L.A.-based label Come Tees is known for its hand-drawn graphic apparel, but now it wants to break into the mainstream and to do so it has teamed up with Converse. The collaboration brings an apparel range comprising T-shirts, hoodies, chinos and shorts, as well as pair of customized Converse Chuck 70s that continue the Come Tees aesthetic.
Dubbed the “Realms and Realities” collection, the collaboration aims to highlight a “personal, introspective dreamscape” and does so through the range of hand-drawn graphics that have been digitalized across clothes and sneakers. Paired with a campaign that evokes a teenager’s bedroom, “Realms and Realities” captures both Come Tees’ independent and vibrant style as well as Converse’s roots in sub-cultures, which is best seen on the Chuck 70.
Here, the sneaker is split into various artistic panels that contrast one another across both feet. On the left foot, you’ll find a lateral side covered in the word “Realities” with its medial sporting hand-done tiger stripes. On the right, hand airbrushed “Realms” wording graces the lateral, while the medial is given a more traditional tiger stripe design. Bringing this together are elements such as the custom Come Tees license plate on the left heel, heel taping that reads both the brand and the collaborative title across both feet, dual-branded insoles, a handprint on the tongue, a graphic outsole, and an orange-toned Converse logo.
Rounding out the pair is an unvarnished foxing tape plus red and blue pinstripes, which is “a nod to the original basketball icon, part of Come Tees’ penchant for honoring an object’s pure form,” and to make sure the pair pops, the graphics have been powder-printed to ensure a strong color and texture.
The apparel range follows a similar theme, sporting digitalized prints in Come Tee’s typical graffiti style alongside embroidered Converse branding. Take a look at the collaborative effort above, and shop the range on Converse’s website from February 17. Pieces will cost from $50 USD to $110 USD.
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