Vans Vault has teamed up with British bike saddle maker Brooks for this premium black tooled leather saddle. It features hammered copper rivets and looks exceptional. The package comes with a saddle care kit which includes a leather care cream, a cloth and a wrench to get this seat in place in no time.
Schott and Converse have teamed up for this soon-to-be cult favorite. Schott’s known for their iconic leather motorcycle jackets and Converse’s signature Chucks have been hitting the streets for as long as our parents can remember. After checking out these Chuck Taylors, we’re left to wonder why these two American brands didn’t link up sooner.
Down to the details we go. The sneaker features a heavy-duty rear zip entry, zips under the laces and even features a quilted lining as a moto jacket would. The snaps on the tongue really drive the design of this shoe home. The familiar Chuck Taylor All Star patch is right where you’d find it at the ankle in a matching rugged black leather finish. The Schott logo’s sewn on the interior.
Freshness tells us this shoe is the latest from Converse First String, the elite subdivision at the company, and they will be available at First String locations on December 15th.
Jalan Sriwijaya, also known as Fortuna Shoes, has been known in Indonesia to make some pretty amazing footwear. They’ve collaborated with Japan’s Beauty & Youth to deliver this wingtip shoe, which features a Goodyear welt construction, a technique of attaching the sole of the shoe to the upper. A method, which is rarely found this days and it is a characteristic of high-end footwear brand.
J.Crew continues to deliver some timeless collaborations, this time bringing together L.A.-based Mister Freedom and France’s Saint James. Mister Freedom designed and hand screened the original graphics onto an authentic Breton tee, a shirt that’s made Saint James the king of classic nautical style.
Stock is limited on this piece, so get yours asap.
Buy It: $175 at J.Crew
For all the soccer heads out there, here’s a shoe to appreciate. Hand made in Naples, Italy with Italian leather, this is a special issue of the Carl Haessner IIX Olympia shoe made exclusively for Lark. This shoe marks the first ever collaboration in over one hundred years of Zeha history. Much props to the good folks at Lark.
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Another exclusive from Portland-based Winn Perry alongside shoemaker Alden. Like the Navy Blucher High Boot, this boot has been slightly enhanced with key adjustments to keep you sealed from heavy rains, like those in Portland. This boot features Alden’s “Double Waterloc” oiled leather sole. “Offering the beauty of a leather sole with the added functionality of water resistance to dramatically increase the life of your soles on soggy ground. Add to that a hard rubber heel for traction and stability and you won’t have to worry about slipping on that spilled beer on the concrete floor at the pub anymore.”
Buy It: $440 at Winn Perry
Alden continues to bless Portland shop Winn Perry with another exclusive. The Navy Blucher High Boot is filled with inspiration from “Pershing” Trench Boots, also known to as “Little Tanks.” Here’s more insight:
When the Pershing Boots were received in 1918, the soldiers of the U.S. 1st Division rubbed them with a treatment, which consisted of 2 parts beef tallow (beef fat basically) to 1 part Neatsfoot oil. This experiment, referred to as “dubbing”, was supposed to make the boots more waterproof and gave them a darker, oiled appearance. For our “Little Tanks”, we made them to Alden New England standards with a heavily oiled reverse chamois leather and Alden’s plantation crepe sole with leather tip. This combination certainly makes them pretty weather proof and quite a bit more comfortable than the originals, which had a triple leather sole with iron toe cleats, heal plates and hobnails, a few of the reasons they were referred to as Little Tanks. While not built for fighting in the trenches, these boots will still be very happy taking some abuse.
They’re really special, as 99.9% of Alden-made pieces are, no? They look great, and with Alden’s reputation of crafting wearable footwear with a deep attention to detail, we don’t think we’ll be able to pass this pair up. They’re available now at Winn Perry for $420 USD. For a closer look, click the jump. (more…)
Highsnobiety turns us to Comme des Garcons Junya Watanabe MAN’s collaboration with The North Face to craft a few pieces for the current F/W season. “Complementing their hunting and outdoor inspired offering of the season, they produced in collaboration with The North Face a vest in several colorways, as well as two coats. The North Face logos are embroidered tonal and nice details include corduroy and leather patches through out the collection”. Like the pieces? You can grab them now at Japanese-based Reinforce.
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Opening Ceremony has been rolling out a few different collaborations, most notably their link up with Timberland. For this limited capsule collection, two different signature Timberland styles were customized. First is a spin on Timberland’s familiar 6-inch Boot featuring an “unexpected and sporty elastic lacing. These Convenience Boots come with two sets of interchangeable laces: one version matching the boot, and a second neon version. The second style is a moccasin 7-eye ankle boot in custom burnished leather, also featuring two laces (one in matching leather, and an alternative contrasting Taslan hiking lace).
The Convenience Boot is available in a cornstalk and wheat finish, each priced at $225. The 7-Eye Ankle Boot comes in wheat and olive, and are priced at $195. You can preorder the pairs up until tomorrow to reserve your favorite pair, but they’ll be hitting the store on Monday.
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Online retailer Oki-Ni has just gotten some new stock, most notably Eastpak’s collaboration with Rick Owens. The backpack maker’s had a string of solid collabs, and this series of bags were co-designed by Rick Owens under his DRKSHDW line. The result happens to be waxed canvas backpacks and duffels in shades of black to gray reminiscent of QWSTION‘s line of travel bags a few seasons ago. I only say that because I purchased a piece and the color and material is nearly identical.
But don’t worry, these bags have Rick Owens written all over them. This collection is truly unique and innovative; pieces have been produced without traditional sewn stitching and use a revolutionary welding technique that gives a distinct streamlined look. All items have been dry stone washed to give a naturally worn-in texture and each item in the line is accessorised with a DRKSHDW lanyard and coin purse.
Buy It: Starting at $300 at Oki-Ni