Chinese New Year is a highly anticipated for festival for some, as it means a lot of good food, and a good, sudden sum of ‘income’ from receiving lai see pockets. However, for those who are less into family gatherings and socializing, they might find this public holiday a bit of a nightmare, as the streets are jam packed with people wearing extravagant clothing in red and gold, as they are colors which traditionally symbolize this festive season.
A great alternative for those who want to celebrate the holiday, but aren’t a fan of the proper, Chinese fashion style, is this set of latest release by Converse, which consists their Journey to the West inspired series and the Converse x Andy Warhol x Clot Year of the Monkey Pack.
Both of these collections features a full range of shoes, apparel and accessories, and the latter, in particular, has injected the products with Andy Warhol’s signature pop-art style, making it a hip, but season suitable collection for anyone, even for those who are not aware of its banana motif which is related to the year 2016, as it is the year of the monkey.
The Chinese New Year collection features a special Year of The Monkey logo on their black, leather uppers model, which is also embossed with golden details and a special lining pattern. The other model in this collection shares the Chuck Taylor All Star and Chuck Taylor All Star Core Slip shape, but is added with a red heel tab and outsole and geometric patterns, which represents the pilgrimage scene as described in the story of The Journey to the West. Last but not least, the Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Red Pack was created based on The Monkey King’s weapon, “Jingu Bang”, but has been reinterpreted with abstract black and red stripes. Casual but perfectly suitable for wearing during Chinese New Year, keep your swag for this traditional festival and enjoy your public holiday regardless of the immense crowd and coldness outside.