Jan 17, 2018 | By Samuel Trotman
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With deep roots in style and culture, both the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star shoe and indigo denim have led somewhat parallel lives. The Chuck Taylor All Star shoe and a pair of jeans have long been a staple of youth culture and music and have served as a symbol of independence for decades. Fittingly, Tenue de Nîmes asked the legendary denim experts, the Manabe family from Okayama in Japan, owners of the Momotaro brand and Rampuya dyeing factory, if they would be able to indigo-dye a limited amount of 50 pairs.
Mr. Manabe agreed, and kindly provided us with 50 pairs of stunning hand-numbered shoes, dyed in natural indigo. Because of the irregular composition of natural indigo, the shoes all have a different signature. Each shoe is unique thanks to the traditional craft of hand-dyeing and the use of natural ingredients throughout the process. Every shoe is decorated with a Tenue de Nîmes cross on the inner sole. The shoes are sold in a Ramupya natural cotton bag and are exclusively available at Tenue de Nîmes in Amsterdam for €89,90.
The store celebrated the launch in line with Amsterdam fashion week last Friday with a ‘Down-Town’ event in their Amstersdam-based store. Tenue de Nîmes officially presented the limited collection along with an exhibit on the Japan-based dyeing process. Unfortunately, the store dip-dyed only a limited 50 pairs, which unsurprisingly sold out immediately online. For those of you who were not at the launch of the Tenue de Nîmes Indigo-dyed Chuck Taylor All Star last Friday, we hereby present you a little movie that shares a glimpse of the chaos.
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