In 1908, Converse started making tires and rubber-soled shoes out of Malden, Massachusetts. The tire business faded, but basketball buoyed the shoe trade. In 1918, Chuck Taylor joined the company; in 1935, Jack Purcell became a badminton champ while wearing his signature custom-designed Converse. Affordable and iconic, these sneakers have been worn by members of every subculture from rock 'n' rollers to jocks. Now in its second century, Converse is perhaps the most singularly American shoe to grace feet from the sandlot to the runway. But it doesn't stop there. The sportswear brand that was there from the beginning also offers a range of accessories with the same timeless vibe as their kicks, and with Black Canvas — their first standalone apparel collection, launched in 2011 — they’ll have you outfitted in classic-but-current style from head to toe.
The weather is a cruel mistress, so it’s important to have outerwear alternatives should temperatures quickly change (newsflash: they will). Choose from a variety of stylish parkas, jackets, windbreakers, and coats from brands like <span>GANT</span>, J. Lindeberg, Jack Spade, and more. Mother Nature will never catch you unprepared again.
Who said little things can’t make a big impact? This collection of belts, gloves, scarves, and more may be perfectly sized to fit inside that stocking, but they’ve got style in no small measure. Stock up, and get that gifting game in order.