Converse Taps New Design VP

Converse has a new design voice.

British-born menswear designer Andrew Buckler has been named VP of global creative design for North Andover, Mass.-based Converse. He will start in his position next week, Buckler told Footwear News.

In the position — one created for Buckler — he will oversee the design vision for footwear, apparel and stores.

“It’s very exciting, and a lot for me to absorb,” he said.

Buckler, 42, who is currently based in New York, will relocate to the North Andover area. Day-to-day responsibility for his eponymous menswear line will shift to the management team in place in New York, London and Istanbul, Buckler said, but he will retain input in its direction.

Converse, which was acquired by Beaverton, Ore.-based Nike Inc. in 2003, surpassed $1 billion in sales during fiscal year 2011.

Buckler said he was looking forward to the challenge of working with a large and historic brand.

“I think it’s exhilarating, actually,” he said. “I’m terribly excited to be involved in such an iconic American brand.”

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