For the A/W 2015 season, Dr Martens have taken inspiration from the delicate Willow print to create a capsule collection of footwear. The distinctive and elaborate Willow pattern has been in use for over 200 years, and is thought to be inspired by the china England imported from China during the late 18th Century.
The distinctive ‘Willow’ pattern has been printed on suede with a cracked, distressed top coat. This will become increasingly distressed with wear, revealing the rich blue undercoat of the leather in the process. This ‘ageing’ process cleverly mimics the way the glaze of a Willow pattern porcelain cracks over time.
This innovation, and dedication to individual style, is so typical of Dr Martens who, throughout the years, have been adopted and subverted by countless rebellious characters, subcultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd in their own unique way and for many, their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of Doc’s. Dr. Martens celebrates these free-thinking individuals – from first time wearers to those who have been with the brand forever. These are the authentic characters that stand for something.
Indeed, as I found out when I attended the Oxford Street A/W launch party, Dr Martens are all about taking a stand, and creating your own spin on things. Guest speaker Steve Lamacq, who has been an ardent Dr Martens wearer since his teens, described how despite the universality of Dr Martens, no two people take away the same things from them. They are a way to connect to others, yet also a stamp of one’s own individuality. As well as the talk from Steve Lamacq, and a fantastic performance from You Me at Six, guests also had the opportunity to emboss, and create, their own keyring made from a swatch of leather used to make the ‘Made in England’ range- a brilliant token of Dr Martens uniqueness and personal touch.
Shop the new collection at Dr. Martens Brighton, 15b Prince Albert Street, BN1 1HF.
Pictures provided by Dr Martens.
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