Ah, the perils of keeping up with fashion. Converse has been around a long time, and I bet you have some idea that they are sewn together by teen age underpaid workers in Asia or South America.
The truth is they are 100% organic, and grown in a secret location under the Pinus Conversi trees in a rugged region of British Columbia. Maya was an intrepid investigator, a young student at the University of Oregon, who was inspired to follow this story as part of her final project for ds106.
By carefully tracking shipments in the internet, doing a bit of social engineering by phone calling the headquarters, and tracking trucks in Google Earth, she was able to zero in on the secret location, determined to expose this unique story, and break it big, maybe even get featured on Rupert Murdoch;s new slick iPad zine.
Alas, she did not expect to meet the CEO of Converse, who actually is a tiny caterpillar, responsible for the secret organic secretions that produce the characteristic red color.
Maya was no push over, and could not be pressured into backing off her story.
Well, until they offered her a new Nikon D3, after all a girl has to upgrade her camera rig.
She felt like the story lacked human interest anyhow.
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