celebrating converse's iconic chuck taylor's

​For almost a century, Chuck Taylors have been the footwear of choice for those who forge their own path, no matter who they are or what they’re in to. i-D teams up with eight of the most individual talents in London to show that real style is Made By...

by i-D Team
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31 March 2015, 11:34am

Rejjie wears vest, hat and jewellery model's own. Trousers Dsquared2. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Rejjie Snow, 21, musician, Dublin
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? When I was 14. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? My first time to America, Chucks on! If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? A time-travelling machine. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? My album. What's the best thing about being a man in 2015? Instagram. What are your hopes for the future? To take over the world. What do you stand for? Self-belief. What makes you an activist? Nothing. Take it how you want to. 

Sofie wears dress J.W. Anderson. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Sofie Fatouretchi, 23, DJ/musician, California
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? When I was 13. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? Probably just hanging out in the Stones Throw dungeon, DJing with Wolf, Nic and Tim, messing around on the drum machines in some Stones Throw custom Chucks. If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? Teleportation. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? This band called NX Worries, made up of Knxwledge and Anderson Paak. Game changer. What's the best thing about being a woman in 2015? Freedom of expression. What are your hopes for the future? Health and happiness. What do you stand for? Gender equality. What makes you an activist? Living sustainably, trying not to overstretch resources.

Sean wears jacket Neil Barrett. T-shirt, trousers and jewellery model's own. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Sean Frank, 25, filmmaker/director, Bristol
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? 1998. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? To the top of Mount Fuji. If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? The internet. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? 15folds.com What's the best thing about being a man in 2015? Living and breathing. What are your hopes for the future? Time travel. What do you stand for? Equality and freedom of speech. What makes you an activist? Changing the norm and speaking out.

Harriet wears all clothing model's own. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Harriet Verney, 21, writer/DJ, Gloucestershire
Where did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? A charity shop. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? An Iggy Pop concert. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? Australia in Eurovision. What's the best thing about being a woman in 2015? Having working credit cards. What are your hopes for the future? To train my pet Budgie to roll fags. What do you stand for? Because sitting down gives you piles. What makes you an activist? Saying what you think.

Cavan wears jacket and trousers J.W. Anderson. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Cavan McCarthy, 21, musician, Birmingham
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? A friend gave me a pair to wear to school. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? My first Glastonbury - I wore a pair the whole weekend. They've seen some classic nights! If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? Hip hop. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? Swim Deep's second album. What's the best thing about being a man in 2015? Freedom to do what we want. What are your hopes for the future? To stay young. What do you stand for? Love and equality. What makes you an activist? Wanting change.

Adesuwa wears jumper Marques'Almeida. Trousers Phoebe English. Jewellery model's own. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Adesuwa Aighewi, 23, model, Nigeria
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? When I was 15, in Indianapolis. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? Kanye West concert in DC, my first concert ever. If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? I'd be the guy from Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs - over-ambitious with my ideas for ending world hunger. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? A new calendar year. What's the best thing about being a woman in 2015? The level of self-awareness is high and changes are in motion. What are your hopes for the future? Better times for all. What do you stand for? New Africa. What makes you an activist? Fighting for whatever keeps you feeling alive. 

Gabriel wears all clothing model's own. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Gabriel Pryce, 28, chef, London
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? I was five years old. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? When I was five I ran away from my parents on Hampstead Heath and jumped into the pond. I remember seeing my feet surrounded by rubbish underwater. I almost drowned. I was wearing Chucks. If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? One passport for everyone! Global citizenship. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? Merchant of Venice at the Globe. What's the best thing about being a man in 2015? Drake. What are your hopes for the future? A holiday. What do you stand for? Honesty and trap music. What makes you an activist? Not enough. 

Cozette wears all clothing Sibling. Trainers Converse Chuck Taylor All Star.

Cozette McCreery, 47, Sibling, London
When did you get your first pair of Chuck Taylors? I must have been around eight. My aunt in the USA sent me a pair. It was love at first sight. Tell us about a great journey you've been on in your Chucks? Losing one at a hilltop rave in Goa, where Danny Rampling played. It still must be up there, as I lost a shoe! If one thing in the world was made by you, what would it be? Peace, because someone needs to try. What's the most exciting thing to look out for in 2015? Sibling, of course! What are your hopes for the future? To continue doing what I love with the people I love. What do you stand for? Honesty and happiness. What makes you an activist? Being in the position I'm in means I have a voice. If I can speak up on behalf of those who can't, I will.

Credits


Photography Nick Dorey
Styling Jack Borkett
Hair Mari Ohashi at LGA London.
Make-up Lucy Burt at D+V Management.
Photography assistance James Donovan, Fabian Nordstrom, Ben Parks.
Lighting Matt at Spring.
Styling assistance Kate Iorga, Marsida Rexhepaj.
Hair assistance Rogerio Da Silva.
Make-up assistance Clare Gregory.
Models Rejjie Snow , Sofie Fatouretchi, Sean Frank, Harriet Verney at Premier. Cavan McCarthy. Adesuwa at M+P Models. Gabriel Pryce, Cozette McCreery.

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