The young singer seems to have more than just new tattoos up his sleeve.
The young singer seems to have more than just new tattoos up his sleeve.
On the heels of Timberland’s collaboration with Stussy, we’ve taken a look back on the footwear brand’s most memorable collaborations over the years. Best known for their classic “Original Yellow Boot” first introduced 40 years ago, Timberland has since gone on to become inseparable from certain global cultures like hip hop. In the process, brands from all walks of life have teamed up with Timberland to re-imagine their iconic 6″ boot. Collaborators range from mastermind JAPAN and Mark McNairy to colette and Undefeated with everything in between. So without further ado, here are some of the brand’s best collaborations. All of them and much more can be found in Timberland’s brand new ICON coffee table book due out soon.
David Z. (August 1998)
For their collaboration with David Z., the downtown New York shoe store doused Timberland’s unmistakable yellow boot in a subtle distinguished grey. The color was chosen to represent the shop’s reputation of standing apart from its competitors, a decision that was a unanimous success.
Staple Design (October 2007)
Another New York collaboration, the boot stemming from the footwear brand’s team-up with Staple Design was done to commemorate the Chinese New Year. Featuring an oxblood upper adorned with Chinese characters and celebratory tassels, the boot paid homage to the centuries-old holiday while remaining inarguably on-point.
Concepts (April 2009)
With the Massachusetts-based shop Concepts, the two went back to black and outfitted the 6″ boot in Epi leather. Since the store specializes in carrying rare and emerging products from the world’s most respected brands, the collaboration was a no-brainer.
colette (July 2009)
Parisian super boutique colette made their mark on Timberland’s most iconic silhouette by adding contrast blue stitching, collar and laces. The colette logo appears on the tongue for a clean yet recognizable interpretation.
Undefeated (Fall 2009)
Sold at Undefeated stores in Los Angeles and Tokyo, the two collaborated on three 6″ boots focusing on quality construction and durable performance. To complete this vision, they outfitted each boot in premium suede on the vamp and Cordura fabric on the panels. Laying underneath the embossed Timberland logo was the streetwear brand’s own logo leaving no doubt in anyone’s mind who was responsible for this collaboration.
atmos (October 2010)
Japanese retailer atmos combined the best of both worlds for their interpretation of the boot using a black suede upper set against gold eyelets and multicolor rainbow laces. Taking things a step further, atmos lined the boots with a subtle polka dot pattern.
mastermind JAPAN (November 2011)
Easily this writer’s favorite, Masaaki Honma of mastermind JAPAN added a front zipper closure, twisted lace endings, a mastermind JAPAN logo stamped on the heel, a skull and bone logo embossed on the left tongue and a silver pin clutching the side of the shoe. Although it sounds like a lot, each addition was done with supreme taste resulting in one of the brand’s most sought-after collaborations to date.
Mark McNairy (October 2012)
Prolific designer Mark McNairy took the yellow boot up a notch when he outfitted it in a tan suede upper. To the untrained eye, the boot might go unnoticed. On closer inspection, however, you’ll find premium detailing throughout.
Billionaire Boys Club Bee Line (Spring 2013)
One of Timberland’s biggest fans is also the man behind Billionaire Boys Club Bee Line – Pharrell Williams. So it’s no wonder the two came together to rework the 6″ boot and give it a militant olive/army brown colorway. Keeping things simple, the boots without a doubt have that Pharrell touch.
George Tokoro (Fall 2013)
Although he might not be so well known on this side of the Atlantic, singer, comedian, and writer George Tokoro is a treasure in his home country of Japan. The result, while not for everyone, is certainly a unique take on the 6″ boot. Besides the head-turning contrasting colorway, the boots include a removable leather tongue cover.
Stussy (Fall 2013)
The star of the show, Timberland’s recent collaboration with Stussy kept things simple while managing to somehow further the 6″ boot’s street cred. And they said it couldn’t be done. Zippers appear on the inner side of each boot while the California streetwear brand’s unmistakable logo finds its way to the tongue.
Tommy (Fall 2013)
American fashion brand Tommy stuck to what they do best and used a bold red colorway for their go at the classic boot. Designed for women, the boot features the brand’s signature along the tongue in addition to embossed stars around the ankle.
LUISAVIAROMA (Fall 2013)
Italian luxury fashion brand LUISAVIAROMA chose three colors to use on their interpretation of the 6″ boot including the black version above. Although different colors were used, each boot features contrasting laces, collars, stitching and eyelets.
Opening Ceremony (Fall 2013)
In perhaps the most unorthodox collaboration to date, multinational fashion retailer Opening Ceremony customized the 6″ boot with a sporty elastic lacing system. While certainly not for everyone, the boot definitely has its place on the fine line between fashion and function.
Beer and metal.
She’s promising a “reverse Warholian expedition.”
After presenting a teaser of the 20th Anniversary Nowhere/A BATHING APE collection, we’re now able to take a first look at each piece featuring pieces done in collaboration with Kanye West and Pharrell among many others. In total, 20 international artists were chosen to design a special APE Head T-shirt and canvas.
In image order the collaborators are:
1. Shinsuke Takizawa
2. James Lavelle
3. Tetsu Nishiyama
6. Tsuyoshi Noguchi
7. Masaaki Homma
8. Masamichi Katayama
10. Motofumi Poggy Kogi
11. Hiroshi Ito
12. Jun Takahashi
13. Kanye West
14. Daisuke Obana
16. Show Ayanocozey
17. Takashi Kumagai
19. Pharrell Williams
21. NW20 Designs Tee
22. NW20 Designs Canvas
A cringeworthy look at artists who should’ve never worked together.
We didn’t even see it coming.
In 1993 NIGO opened the doors of his first retail store, Nowhere, in the back streets of Harajuku and started Bape along the way. On 1st of April 2013, the brand and store celebrate their 20th anniversary. As you can imagine the brand, known for its high profile collaborations, has cooked up some special product for the occasion.
Today Bape announces collaborations with 20 International artists that are close to the brand. The line-up includes Jun Takahashi, Pharrell Williams, Kanye West, Futura, POGGY, NIGO, Shinsuke Takizawa, Masamichi Katayama and many more. Each one of them had to design a special APE Head canvas and a t-shirt. The artwork will be unveiled on April 27, 2013, and along the way Bape will also be launching its 20th anniversary products.
Many people outside of England’s capital will recognize Liberty’s signature prints through their ongoing collaborations with some of the world’s biggest and most respected brands like Supreme, The North Face, and Nike. What many people don’t know though is that the company with the bold name has been around for over a century and is widely regarded as an authority in the fields of prints and patterns. It’s no wonder then that a diverse range of brands are eager to collaborate with the English company as often as they can. Before presenting our list of the 10 best Liberty collaborations of the last decade, however, it’s worth a quick look back on the historic brand.
Founded in 1875 on London’s Regent Street, the company’s founder, Arthur Liberty, imported Mylore silk from India before dying and hand-printing the exotic fabric with wooden blocks. In 1904 Liberty took over a print works that specialized in block-printed silks right by William Morris’ works in Merton. A cooperation with Thomas Wardle, a renowned silk dyer, evolved naturally and soon Liberty introduced dyes which until then had been largely limited to the East. These pastel tints became internationally known as “Liberty Colors” and the sight of them hanging from Liberty’s London shop windows became a celebrated addition to Regent Street. Now, new textile collections by both in-house and freelance designers are introduced each year while classic prints from as far back as 1880 are reintroduced to complement the season’s designs. So without further ado here is our list of the company’s best collaborations over the past few years starting with the most recent.
The latest collection was released (and promptly sold out) in collaboration with New York’s Supreme. The two camp caps feature an all-over splatter print reminiscent of Jackson Pollock’s seminal work – a natural addition to the streetwear brand’s SS13 collection. These ones work just as well as a display piece as a daily garment.
The only collaboration on this list still available for purchase, the “Black and White” collaboration with The North Face Purple Label just screams Japanese sportswear takeover. The black and white coloring allows for a more easygoing approach the detailed patterning while signaling your appreciation of current trends.
The good doctor has been on an upward trajectory for the past few years and to celebrate his rediscovered glory he teamed up with fellow countryman Liberty on a collection of floral patterned footwear. Sure the look isn’t for everyone but it’s hard come across a more on-point trend-capturing collection than this one.
Last season was also home to a welcomed collab with Supreme. In this case though the 2 brands opted for a classic floral print and topped it off with a leather brim for that extra sense of luxury. Like most Supreme items they’ve managed to appreciate a bit in value, but they can still be found through resellers at a reasonable price.
Last summer Nike Sportswear got together with Liberty for a “Lotus Jazz” collection consisting of an Air Max 1, Free Run 2, and a LunarGlide 4. The print in combination with the lime green accenting made for a trendy pair that looks just as good today as they did a year ago.
This one went a bit under the radar but those looking to up their accessory game in a bright floral way were pleased with Tokyo Natural Hiking Club’s colorful camera straps. The straps are perfect for adding a bit of detail to what might otherwise be a dull outfit.
I retract what I said about the Air Force 1 Downtowns as these Edwin jeans couldn’t be more subtle in their approach. Hidden in various locations are signature Liberty prints which act more as your own little secret for you to stride around in than as a fashion statement.
Unfortunately the Japanese brand is calling it quits after this season, so the least we can do is bow our heads in admiration for these silk scarves featuring both mastermind’s skull logo and three different Liberty prints. Here’s hoping those behind the brand find success wherever they end up.
Another neighborly collaboration this time featuring a wide range of tops. Some pieces feature subtle patterning tucked away beneath plackets while some are, needless to say, a bit more in your face. As a whole though, the collection works well and caters to fans on both ends of the spectrum.
Yet another collection that certainly isn’t for everyone, the Spring/Summer 2010 collaboration with Trainerspotter delivered a bold take on sports fashion. Despite what the naysayers had to naysay, the collaboration was an immediate success and sold out quickly in both the UK and Japan.
Stay tuned for future collaborations featuring the historic brand and let us know which is your favorite in the comments section below.
The 10 Best Liberty Collaborations In Recent Years is a post by Brock Cardiner on Highsnobiety.