Shaniqwa Jarvis has spent nearly two decades wielding her camera to capture her subjects in their most authentic light. The New York City native pursued her childhood love of photos that transformed into a thriving career complete with exhibits, large scale portrait projects and most recently, her self-entitled photography book.
Brands like Supreme and Nike have commissioned Jarvis to create compelling campaigns that tell a relatable story. She’s shown us the calmer side of spitfire MC Cardi B and the majesty of 5’0” singer Janelle Monae all with the use of her camera. She further uses her work and platform to advocate on the behalf of underrepresented perspectives in the industry pushing back on the stereotypical narratives that exist.
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SHANIQWA JARVIS’S FIRST CONVERSE COLLABORATION IS AN ODE TO FAMILY
A dedication to the photographer’s late father, a graphic take on the Chuck Taylor All Star CX aspires to “Give the man his flowers”.
Shaniqwa Jarvis has interpreted the world through her camera lens for over two decades. Growing up, Shaniqwa recalls her parents with cameras in hand, always ready to capture a moment.
Her first project with Converse is an ode to family: celebrating the community that defined her first idea of self and created her future. In this spirit, Converse and Shaniqwa collaborated on the Chuck Taylor All Star CX, which incorporates Converse’s latest CX technology to deliver a new comfort proposition on the iconic shoe.
Working with the Chuck Taylor All Star upper, a stretch canvas is adorned with an original digital print of one of her favorite photos: a double exposed image taken on a trip to Mexico.
A central focus of the capsule, the floral image is a means to pay respect or “give the man his flowers.” Giving flowers, a ritual meant for both celebrating and paying tribute to life, is an homage to Shaniqwa’s father’s sharp sartorial aesthetic.
“He had such great style, and I can remember his outfit choices always had something extra; some bit of unexpected flare. These pieces I've made are something extra – with an unexpected flare,” she recalls.
Allowing for maximum exposure, a translucent foxing extends the floral print to the sole and exposes the shoe’s construction. The translucency also reveals Converse CX foam, an innovative pairing of a single-density PU insole and lightweight phylon midsole for long-lasting comfort.
The floral’s rich hues are printed throughout the capsule on the sneaker’s secondary laces and accompanying cotton jersey pullover hoodie.
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