It keeps getting better for Samuel Ross. Since founding his own venture A-Cold-Wall* in 2015, the De Montfort University grad has amassed a fledgling menswear empire in a very small amount of time. Rome wasn't built in a day, but nearby Ephesus has seemingly sprang up from nowhere and, as such, is posing something of a threat.
But, thankfully, menswear is more about collaboration than trebuchets. It's nice to get on. And so, after what's been Quite A Funny Year for the fashion business in general, A-Cold-Wall* has soldiered on with some impressive crossovers. July saw a 1984ish take on the classic Dr Martens 1460 boot. And now you can get your hands on its next partnership with Converse: a collab that's had menswearheads nervous and sweaty for quite some time.
That's because 'Drop 01', if you hadn't guessed already, is not a one-off. A-Cold-Wall* and Converse will be pairing up to release several capsule collections first debuted at the brand's S/S '20 show, and includes reworkings of the classic Converse Chuck Taylor Lugged and the relatively recent ERX 260. They look very different this time, though. As with all things Ross, there's a distinct dystopian utilitarianism to it all: the standard, purpose-built issue of a society that's very well-dressed and very well-behaved but very terrified of a faceless AI despot in an ivory tower. Sounds like a good film; makes for an even better collab.
In addition, the two sneakers will be offered alongside nylon tracksuits in three wearable neutral shades: taupe, slate and brown. And, again, A-Cold-Wall* is very much visible.
What makes this collab a real grail however is the limited time it'll be on sale: just 72 hours, exclusively on A-Cold-Wall*'s webstore ahead of a secondary release with Converse. Oh, and it's available now. Right now.
Mr Ross's year is about to get even better.
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