As a celebration of 100 years in the footwear business Converse is launching a year-long global centennial â€œConnectivityâ€ campaign. The campaign pairs up legendary dead icons across the worlds of music, art, sports and fashion, with emerging (and alive) ones. The sneaker company features â€œcultural heroesâ€ like James Dean, Sid Viscious and Hunter S. Thompson â€œconnectingâ€ via infused feet with today's influential stars like Joan Jett, M.I.A, Billie Joe Armstrong and Dwyane Wade.
Geoff Cottrill, Chief Marketing Officer, Converse said: â€œConverse is the footwear company that was first in sports and first in rock 'n' roll. We are extremely proud of our history and excited about our journey into the next century. "Connectivity is an exceptional global campaign that fully captures our spirit and brand ethos celebrating true originals. The campaign is bold and iconic saluting those people - past and present - who push the boundaries of creativity, who inspire originality and who embody the values of the brand.â€
The complete uninterrupted ad (see below) features from left to right: Hunter S. Thompson, Dwyane Wade, Sid Vicious, M.I.A., James Dean, Karen O, Common, Joan Jett and Billie Joe Armstrong.
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