A meeting of American minds

Though we tend to err more on the side of suiting than we do streetwear, there's a time and a place for everything (particularly as casual is quickly becoming cool again) and for SS 2011 Converse are the brand we've got our eye on.

Yes, OK, Converse has been around for donkey's years, but it's this season that the age-old American brand has come into its own. Alongside a bevy of extra-curricular projects - think collaborations with Damien Hirst, Hot Chip and Paloma Faith to name but a few - Converse has also managed to pull together a pretty passable collection, the highlight of which is this pair of perforated sneakers designed by yet another American stalwart, John Varvatos.

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Official dresser of rockstars young and old, Varvatos has teamed up with converse to create this super simplified, butter soft leather version of the All Star Flag sneaker.

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