paria /FARZANEH: utilitarian design with ‘90s flair

Blending modern utility with nods to her Iranian roots, London menswear designer Paria Farzaneh continues her exploration of the Pro Leather X2 with a bold zip-up edition. 

In a new collaboration with Converse, Paria /FARZANEH revisits the Pro Leather X2, a revamped take on the iconic court-to-street style. This edition complements the silhouette’s exaggerated outsole and fashion-forward lean with a utilitarian zip-up design inspired by ‘90s sportswear and Iranian heritage. Paria /FARZANEH’s mission is bigger than fashion. The pieces aim to confront and disrupt the status quo—whether it’s challenging western views of Middle Eastern culture or expressing solidarity with the fight for change

The details (Pro Leather X2 Tech):
The neoprene bootie construction features a zip-up outer shell with a sleek colour gradient print and hits of suede. Paria /FARZANEH’s signature Iranian paisley, crafted with traditional wood blocking techniques, appears on the interior and sock liner. It’s an expression of heritage and modern style—with practical function for a world that demands it:

  • Limited-edition high-top sneaker designed by Paria /FARZANEH
  • Fusion of 90s sport style, modern utility and Iranian heritage
  • Signature paisley print on interior and sock liner
  • Neoprene construction with zip-up outer shell
  • Vibrant gradient print
  • Fuse print details on midsole and hits of suede
  • Star Chevron on heel
  • Exaggerated outsole

The details (Full Zip Hoodie):
This distinct full-zip hoodie incorporates the London designer’s signature paisley print through reflective details on the interior and piping and adds contrast stitching around the pockets. Those sharp details are also complemented by real function: 465 GSM French terry provides warmth and super-soft comfort:

  • Limited-edition hoodie designed by Paria /FARZANEH 
  • Washed 465 GSM softened French terry
  • Fusion of 90s sport style and Iranian heritage
  • Paisley print on interior of zipper and hood tape
  • Paisley print piping
  • Embroidered Star Chevron on right sleeve
  • Welt pockets with contrast stitching
  • Metal front zipper with contrast cord zipper pull

The details (Full Zip Fleece):
This distinct mock-neck fleece incorporates the London designer’s signature paisley print through reflective details on the piping and pockets. Those sharp details are also complemented by real function: 465 GSM French terry provides warmth and super-soft comfort:

  • Limited-edition zip-up fleece designed by Paria /FARZANEH  
  • Washed 465 GSM softened French terry
  • Fusion of 90s sport style and Iranian heritage
  • Paisley print on piping and pockets
  • Embroidered Star Chevron on right sleeve
  • Welt pockets with contrast stitching
  • Metal front zipper with contrast cord zipper pull

The details (Fashion Tee):
This distinct t-shirt design features a throwback oversized fit and nods to Middle Eastern culture: written in Farsi, the vibrant neon graphic explains the hand’s pressure points:

  • Limited-edition t-shirt designed by Paria /FARZANEH    
  • Fusion of 90s style and Iranian heritage
  • 250 GSM cotton rugby jersey with throwback oversized fit
  • Puff and neon screen printed graphic
  • Embroidered Star Chevron on right sleeve

The details (Cross Body Bag):
This woven nylon cross-body bag, featuring the signature Paria /FARZANEH paisley print, is built to handle your everyday adventures with room for essentials and more. The utilitarian approach isn’t just for aesthetics. It brings substance and practical function to an era that demands it. When worldwide struggle is a reality, utility is an essential need:

  • Limited-edition utility bag designed by Paria /FARZANEH        
  • Woven nylon cross-body construction
  • Two-way zipper with clam-shell opening
  • Signature paisley print accent 
  • Front Velcro and snap pocket with D-ring
  • Internal utility pockets
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with carabiner for easy removal

The details (Cross Body Bottle Bag):
This woven nylon cross-body bag, featuring the signature Paria /FARZANEH paisley print, is built to handle your everyday adventures with space for a water bottle and core essentials. The utilitarian approach isn’t just for aesthetics. It brings substance and practical function to an era that demands it. When worldwide struggle is a reality, utility is an essential need:

  • Limited-edition bottle bag designed by Paria /FARZANEH       
  • Woven nylon cross-body bottle bag construction
  • Signature paisley print accents and contrast cord zipper puller
  • D-ring with locking carabiner
  • Cinch top with ticked bungee and slip-lock to keep it secure
  • Comfortably fits 500 ml bottles
  • External utility pocket for essentials
  • Adjustable shoulder strap with carabiner for easy removal

The Converse x Paria/FARZANEH will launch online at www.converse.co.za, Converse Sandton City and Shelflife from Thursday, 9 September 2021.

Price Range
Pro Leathers: R1 999.95
Cross Body Bags: R899.95
Zip Hoodies: R1 999.95
Fashion Tee: R499.95

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