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Skateboarder Alexis Sablone Unveils Converse Collaboration Inspired by Japan

An homage to her journey on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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Skateboarder Alexis Sablone Unveils Converse Collaboration Inspired by Japan

An homage to her journey on the road to the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Earlier in March, the International Olympic Committee announced that the 2020 Tokyo Olympics would be postponed. Among the many skateboarders that had hoped to compete in the Olympics for the first time in history was Alexis Sablone. Although thousands of athletes were disappointed to find out that they would not be competing this summer in Tokyo due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, they are hopeful that they will be able to return to the Games next year when they have been re-scheduled for new competition dates: July 23, 2021 through August 8.

As an homage to the preparation that she and other riders had taken on the road to the Olympics, Alexis Sablone has now unveiled her latest collaboration with Converse dubbed, Designed by Alexis. Paying tribute to Japan, the capsule consists of her favorite Converse silhouettes: the One Star Pro, the Jack Purcell Pro and the Louie Lopez Pro, which is a nod to her fellow CONS teammate.

On what the process has been like in developing the collection, Alexis shares:

“I grew up skating by myself in a small town, so in some ways, skating New York city all alone during quarantine felt familiar. On the other hand, filming myself, making the music and editing it all together with my animations was very new for me. I’ve never controlled all of the pieces in a project like this and the process really gave me a creative outlet and something to throw myself into during the isolation of quarantine.”

To see the action, head over to IGTV to view the concept video shot in Alexis’ home and Brooklyn neighborhood. The video uses a diverse blend of multi-angle shots and animations, all conceived by the skateboarder herself. You can take a closer look at the Designed by Alexis collection above. Stay tuned here as we receive more details on when the collection will officially launch.

In other footwear news, Converse Japan has introduced new Chuck Taylor models dyed using food scraps.

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