North Andover, Mass.

North Andover, Mass.-based Converse Inc., a subsidiary of NIKE Inc., announced the opening of its first West Coast specialty retail store in Santa Monica, Calif. The Santa Monica store is located at the Third Street Promenade and opened on Feb. 11. The 7,000-sq.-ft. location allows customers to design one-of-a-kind footwear, apparel and accessories. The Converse Customization station is located in the front of the store and is set against a 25-ft. window backdrop that showcases the process to pedestrians. The space also features three large skylights, wall installations designed by local artists and repurposed high-school bleachers that display footwear.

North Andover, Mass.-based Converse Inc. recently announced the opening of its first specialty retail store in Manhattan on Nov. 26., just weeks after the company’s launch of their first-ever specialty retail store in the Newbury Street neighborhood of Boston on Oct. 15. Located at 560 Broadway and Prince streets, the new SoHo Converse store offers one-of-a-kind footwear, a brand new collection of women’s and men’s apparel and accessories, as well as unique product customization capabilities. Additionally, the store features the largest offering of Converse footwear in the world. The SoHo store’s design features speak directly to Converse’s distinct sport

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