When Stussy and Converse got together to discuss a series of upcoming footwear collaborations, the designs were to be inspired by certain friends and family who embody the lifestyles that both brands represent and “Stand Firm” in what they do. These individuals would epitomize the direction of the projects and then convey the attitude and function of the products with a quick view into their everday lives. The Summer 2012 series kicks off with musician Hanni El Khatib.

Hanni is currently living in Los Angeles and signed to the Innovative Leisure record label. He grew up skateboarding in San Francisco where he played music on the side and worked as the creative director for HUF but eventually moved on to pursue music full time. After his recent trip to the SXSW music festival, we caught up with Hanni in the desert where he lit some stuff on fire and talked about indulging his creative side.

The Stussy x Converse Summer 12 collection exemplifies Hanni’s classic aesthetic and artistic drive with stylish updates of the Elm and Sea Star models. The Elm is dressed up with black premium leather and features tough d-ring eyelets, cord laces, camo ripstop lining and embossed Stussy logo on the outside heel. The Sea Star features a classic boat shoe silhouette and is available in a rugged camo or black ripstop upper with leather laces and camo ripstop lining. Whether skating, jamming or just having fun, Hanni knows how to stay focused on his passions and “Stand Firm” in his creative endeavors.

The Stussy x Converse Footwear collection is available now at and select Stussy Chapter Stores. – Stussy

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