PostSS17 | Spring Greens | Clarks Originals

Spring greens. Evergreen.

Originality has always been part of Clarks DNA. It fuels our creativity and reinforces our authenticity. It inspires us and drives us, and draws like minds to us; individuals who, like Clarks Originals, prefer to write their own story rather than be a footnote to someone else’s.

With detailing and construction techniques true to our roots our SS17 collection of casual men’s Originals see cult classics reimagined and exciting new silhouettes emerge in premium materials and colour palettes inspired by nature.

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PostGore-Tex trainers – the waterproof Trigenic

Waterproof, Gore-Tex trainers from Clarks Originals. Introducing the Trigenic Dry – the original silhouette re-imagined for the purposes of winter.

A waterproof and breathable Gore-Tex® lining, water-repellent suede uppers offer protection from outdoor elements and newly designed Vibram® outsole delivers improved traction, for stability underfoot. All while retaining the 3-part decoupled look of the original Trigenic Flex. Available in classic and versatile black and dark grey.

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PostA winter boot breakthrough – The world’s first waterproof Desert Boot

Introducing the world’s first waterproof Desert Boot - a true innovation in the world of winter boots for men and women.

 

It's the 1st November, so take the essential steps to winter-proof your wardrobe, starting with waterproof, Gore-Tex enforced Desert Boots. And with free next day delivery on all Gore-Tex styles on the Clarks UK website, what better excuse do you need to order some of these today? Use code BGTX16 at the checkout.

 

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Clarks’ most iconic style re-imagined and re-engineered to provide as much function as it does form. 100% waterproof protection and climate control, whilst retaining its unmistakable silhouette.

The traditional crepe sole is subtly transformed in to a slip-resistant rubber sole that has the look of crepe rubber, but is much more suitable for wetter conditions.

Suede uppers from renowned English tannery Charles F Stead, which has been protected with a hydrophobic treatment to help resist watermarks.

 

 

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PostClarks Originals X BEAMS Collaboration

Tokyo heritage brand, BEAMS have collaborated with Clarks Originals to re-release the iconic Desert Trek Hi. In two colourways, the Clarks classic sand suede, as well as a BEAMS ink inspired, navy suede.

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Starting as a small store in the Harajuku district in Tokyo, BEAMS has grown into a significant retail brand in Japan. To celebrate their fortieth anniversary, the two brands have come together for the resurrection of the iconic Desert Trek Hi.

Keeping the style's original profile, it comes complete, of course, with the signature trek man on the back of the heel, embossed in to tan leather. Not to mention the specially designed leather fobs, unique to this style, to mark the forty year celebration.

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PostMen’s Boots: The Clarks Originals Winter Pack

Authentic, winterised interpretations of the brand’s most famous icons with a street-appropriate look. The Winter Pack, the third product package to drop for AW16 from Clarks Originals...

In a pared back palette of wintery dark grey. An extra-long knap ‘hairy’ suede upper is combined with 100% sheep wool linings. Available in the Desert Boot, Wallabee boot and Trigenic profile.

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PostWomen’s boots: The Clarks Originals Winter Pack

Pioneering authenticity for women's winter boots, with the latest Clarks Originals product package to drop for AW16...

Back with their third product package of the season, Clarks Originals introduce The Winter Pack for women. A truly winterised interpretation of the brand's three iconic silhouettes - the Desert Boot, the Trigenic and the Wallabee.

 The suede has once again been sourced from UK-based tannery, Charles F Stead, in a premium black.

Uppers are complimented by a 100% sheep wool front and ankle collar, creating an authentic yet seasonally practical look - warm and fit for winter...

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PostCLARKS ORIGINALS X END. DESERT COAL ‘BLACK DIAMOND’

 

Specialists in luxury men’s style and premium streetwear from all over the world, END. has worked with the Clarks Originals designers to create ‘Black Diamond’...

 

 

A chukka boot, inspired by the industry that helped shape the North East of England, home to the retailer’s flagship store.  

Crafted from coal black leather and suede supplied by Charles F. Stead - the Leeds tannery that has been supplying Clarks Originals for more than six decades - Black Diamond utilises both sides of this premium double-faced bovine leather.  The upper of this unique collaborative style has been made using a Clarks Desert Boot last and is combined with a Desert Trek wedge sole. Three eyelets, veg tan fobs silver stitch detailing and a woven heel loop are among the finishing touches.

 Clarks Originals' work with END. is the latest in a line of successful collaborators. To view more of the work that Clarks Originals do with other like-minded brands, visit their website clarksoriginals.com.

To view stockists of Black Diamond click here

 To visit END. Clothing's website, endclothing.com/gb/

 

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week one

The Phenia Collection

It’s that time of year when your morning routine has one pivotal question, shoes or boots?

The early hours may be dark and misty, but there is no telling how the rest of the day will pan out. No matter what the weather, you’ll want to be prepared, and our Clarks Originals range has some great transitional styles that are perfect for this autumn.

If you’re not quite ready to make the transition from shoes to boots, then Phenia Strand is perfect. With all the Clarks Originals detailing you would expect, this dress casual shoe is crafted from soft suede and comes in three versatile colours - navy, black and bronze brown.

If boots are your go-to then we have two styles to choosefrom, both inspired by the iconic Desert Boot and both offering a refined, feminine look. Phenia Carnaby offers subtle elevation to your outfit with the 4.5cm stacked effect heel, whilst Phenia Desert is perfect for when you need to keep your feet firmly on the ground.

In both classic and seasonal shades, our Phenia styles won’t disappoint.

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PostClarks Originals: The Women’s Autumn Pack

Styles for Women also make up part of the Clarks Originals Autumn Pack collection. Not just the iconic silhouettes, including the Desert Boot and the Trigenic, but the Women’s wedge Wallabee also joins the line-up, along with the more recent Phenia Desert and brand new profiles Athea Terra and Phenia Strand. Available in rich colours such as Dark Tan, Bronze, Nut and Khaki - shades inspired by Somerset in the Autumn.

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PostClarks Originals: The Men’s Autumn Pack

 

The second product package of the season from Clarks Originals, the Autumn pack, sees the three iconic silhouettes - the Desert Boot, Wallabee and the Trigenic Flex, be enriched with the colours of Autumn leafs. Deep nut browns, forest greens, bronze and copper leathers and suedes, that have all been made in the UK by the Charles F Stead tannery.

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PostTRIGENIC EVOLUTION

 

Building on the successful inception of the Trigenic Flex in 2015, Clarks Originals come back with a fresh update to the Trigenic profile. The original low-rise sneaker is transformed in to a mid-height, hybrid boot for Autumn.

Staying true to the unique Trigenic Flex technology, this product also has the iconic three-piece sole underfoot. Designed to the anatomy of the foot, the sole bends naturally where the foot bends, allowing it to move as if it were bare.

The Trigenic Flow adopts the original Trigenic’s Moccasin upper, as well as the decoupled Vibram sole unit. Its veg tan leather in-sole naturally molds to the shape of the foot throughout time and wear, for a real personalised fit and feeling.

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PostClarks Originals X LE FIX

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Never strangers to partnering with a like-minded brand, Clarks Originals have collaborated with Copenhagen-based LE FIX. Known for their love of art, their creative freedom and unmistakably Scandinavian style, they’ve re-imagined the iconic Clarks Desert Boot, and the latest innovation, the Trigenic Flex, channeling their individual style, through our classic silhouettes.

 

A LE FIX makeover sees the Desert Boot re-imagined in a forest green with vibrant red detailing. The Trigenic Flex emerges in a combination of petrol suede and full-grain navy leather, again with the LE FIX signature red detailing.

 

 

 

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To visit the LE FIX website, click here

 

 

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PostConnie Constance for Clarks Originals

 

 

To celebrate the creative spirit that inspired crafted innovation, Trigenic Flex, Clarks Originals have collaborated with one of music’s freshest new talents – the singer, songwriter and sonic landscape artist, Connie Constance. In a series of short films co-conceived, choreographed and sound-tracked by Connie, the young Londoner wears Trigenic Flex in black nubuck.

As unique as Connie’s vision, features of Trigenic Flex include a foot- shaped fit delivered by an asymmetric profile, deconstructed uppers and a revolutionary, de-coupled, three part Vibram® sole that flexes with the foot’s natural movement.

 

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PostIcons: Trigenic Flex

 

In the six and a half decades since Nathan Clark first wrote home about his idea for the Clarks Desert Boot, over ten million pairs have been sold in over 100 countries.

The latest Clarks Originals icon to make its debut is Trigenic Flex. Asymmetric, ergonomic and idiosyncratic, its unique design merges past with present to deliver a future classic.

 

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PostIcons: The Wallabee

The first step in crafting Clarks Originals is choosing the materials. From leathers and suedes to soles made from crepe or state-of-the-art Vibram, every component is hand-picked.

The Clarks Desert Boot, the Wallabee®, the Trigenic Flex. Their distinctive silhouettes set them apart. So too do the finishing touches that combine craftsmanship and innovation in equal measure. 

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PostThe Women’s Graphic Pack

Imagine putting the fob of a Wallabee down on to a piece of paper and tracing around the outside. Then imagine the shape that you’re left with on the page when you lift the fob up. A collection of straight, curved and perforated lines. And this is exactly what inspired the Clarks Originals In house design team to create the pattern for the Women’s AW16 Graphic Pack...

 

Applied to our three iconic silhouettes on black suede, we’re greeted with a unique and striking, but subtle application of design, instantly recognisable as a Clarks Original.

 

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PostClarks Originals AW16 Introduce: The Men’s Graphic Pack

First in a line of product packages being released throughout Autumn, we present to you, The Men's Graphic Pack.

Inspired by paint splatters found on art college floors, in a mixture of grey, blue and red, this design delivers a style with striking, original detail. Mens shoes available in the three icons: the Desert Boot, Trigenic Flex and the Wallabee.

Known for their originality as a brand, Clarks Originals continue to take design inspiration from the most abstract places, ensuring to maintain their, nearing 191 years, of convention defying footwear. 

 

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PostFrom Tonnes to Timeless: The Capsule Wardrobe

Migrating attitudes towards buying are becoming less about having everything, and more about investing in timeless pieces that carry you through the years, any season or trend. Versatile, easy to wear and always relevant.

Often imitated but never bettered, the Clarks Originals Desert Boot is as relevant now as it always has been. Effortless, seasonless style, recognised the world over. 

 

 

As versatile as they come, this classic profile has represented individuality for the last 65 years. Through major cultural movements, where style and music have gone hand in hand.  From the British mods, to the Jamaican Rude-boys, Rock and Roll greats past and present - the Desert Boot has served them all. A capsule wardrobe great.

 

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PostStepping back: A busy year for Clarks Originals

 

In anticipation for a season of fresh collaborations, the blog takes a look back at what Clarks Originals have been up to this past year...

 

STUSSY

Storming it with some real acclaimed partnerships recently, Originals can boast a catalogue of well received product collabs throughout 2015 and in to 2016. Kicking things off with Stussy. Founded in the late 80’s, Stussy have redefined the look and ideology of casual wear, with a brand as renowned and recognised today as it was then. Stussy clothing, like the Wallabee itself, has been adopted by skaters as part of a world-recognised streetwear wardrobe.

 

 At the end of 2015, two new Wallabee shoes were born, to mark nearly 50 years of the Wallabee, and 35 years of Stussy. In a true Navy and a Harvest Gold, the suede was made in England by Charles F Stead, an Ostrich leather collar and gold tipped laces, complete with Clarks Originals X Stussy co-branding on the fob and interior of the shoe:

 

 

 6876

 Founded in 1995 by influential designer Kenneth Mackenzie, 6876 is an internationally acclaimed and highly sought after label known for its functional and modern approach to menswear.

They created a four-piece range, two Desert Boots and two Desert Treks, one leather and one suede of each. Coloured in the most sophisticated shades - premium grey and navy suede, and black and brown leather, made using only the highest standards of craftsmanship. 

To accompany this collaboration, they created a video entitled Dérive, that honours the shoes that have been loyally referenced by 6876 since its inception 20 years ago. Kenneth Mackenzie said,

 “The basis of the film was a rejection of what seems like an epidemic of laboured youth cultural references and signifiers within the creative and fashion industries. The dérive is the first step toward an urban praxis, a stroll through the city to understand the ‘psychogeographical articulation of the modern city’1... A simple way to reclaim the urban environment. The result, a film created within the 20th year of 6876 and the 65th year of the Desert Boot with a collaborative partner Clarks Originals, and a series of shoe styles that were loyally worn at the outset of this journey. In honour of this it felt necessary to create a stripped back, contemplative Year Zero aesthetic.”

 

 

 THE ATMOS TAKEOVER

On the 12th February 2016, Atmos – one of the world’s biggest sneaker boutiques in Tokyo, was taken over by Clarks Originals, unveiling their newest innovation, the Trigenic Flex.

The style dominated window displays and poster sites throughout the city. While the Atmos building was wrapped with Trigenic Flex graphics on every side, standing out from one end of the famous Shibuya shopping district to the other. Inside, sneaker enthusiasts, musicians, artists and entertainers congregated to celebrate the coming together of Clarks Originals and Atmos. 

 

 

 

 

 

GOODHOOD

"Interesting, but totally easy to wear"

Started in 2007, Goodhood is an award winning multi brand retailer selling over 200 brands across menswear, womenswear, lifestyle and cosmetics. Championing a vision of effortless life style and redefining the idea of luxury living, their curational buying ensures every product has a story and relevance to their ethos.

A perfect match for Originals, who, as a brand, boasts a long and interesting heritage in the footwear market. Goodhood have taken one of the most famous Clarks Originals profiles, the Wallabee, to create two new designs. Goodhood co-founder, Jo Sindle, grew up wearing Wallabees through the British Acid House era and it was a shoe he loved. They focused on staying true to the original in their design, but wanting to update it with sympathetic details that were inspired from music videos of that era. 

 

Visit the Clarks Originals website to find out more. 

 

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PostClarks Blog Meets…Architect & Designer Bart Eyking

Lucky us. Award-winning architect and interior designer Bart Eyking has recently relocated from the Netherlands to London to set up his EYKING office, and a signature furniture line. Combining a passion for art and antiques alongside his design and build studio, Bart continues what he has in the past identified as ‘a good British tradition’ – creating a link between inspirational exteriors, and stunning, liveable interiors.

The Clarks Blog caught up with Bart to find out more about his design passions and philosophy, plus the gorgeous hunks of marble that are his Upside Downs table series. And he enlightens us on why furniture is to interiors, what underwear is to haute couture.

Tell us a little about your design approach and how you started?

I’m classically trained as an architect and I kind of got into interiors by accident. When my former business partner and I started our first office together in Holland we got an opportunity for a pitch with a big interior, and we thought we would be crazy if we didn’t pick it up. We won that pitch without any experience, just with ideas. But I design interiors much the same, very much like an architect. It’s really about one vision or one big idea for a whole interior and then within certain limits or design rules you try to variate between the different functions within it.

The client is the most important element in the whole equation. You have to grow a little bit older to understand that you need to listen more than you have to draw! You must also read between the lines for what is not said, and for the constraints of the interior that you have to work on.

You can have a lot of talent – but that doesn’t make you a good designer. By putting in all the hours, then you actually become a designer. I mean, you can think of yourself as the best alive but if nobody recognises it, it’s a pretty lonely existence! And you end up crazy!!

It is very important to take lots of projects and work with other people to really get to grips with it. You can be lucky when you’re young and you can make something beautiful - because a table doesn’t talk back, right! There are a lot of fantastic young UK product designers, but if you look at interior designers they’re all 40-plus. It just takes way more time to master something. And over time you become incredibly humbled by all these people who have been working, say, with wood for 20 years and they can tell you everything about it. You start appreciating a Hermès handbag in a completely different way, or a pair of handmade shoes. You become very aware of all these things. But that’s a bit more philosophical. To show the beauty and the force of the nature in the project, and let that speak – it is very intriguing. 

I also think a lot of designers and architects are stubborn people as there is already so much stuff so why on earth would you think that what you do makes a difference right, so you have to be quite high up your own horse. It’s true!

So do most of your ideas come from a place of need or just from something that inspires you?

Yes…or from something that I’ve seen or something where I’ll think, ‘I would like to have that’. For example, when we started the furniture company we were making a very big restaurant for a law firm and we wanted tables that could just go on and on and on without you seeing that there was a cut in them. You could order sets of tables of 3 metres and put them all together, but that was not what we wanted. So in the end you end up looking at the budget and thinking, well, for that amount of money why don’t we make something ourselves? And that approach comes back constantly – you’re looking for something and it’s just not there. 

It was the same principle in designing the side tables for Meryl (the Upside Downs). It’s a completely different approach to a lot of other furniture designers who are commissioned by big companies. Another example is, I’ve been walking around with an idea for a mirror for three years and now I think I have found the people who can produce it! Because that’s another issue. It took us two years to develop lamps in our collection because basically there was no one producer who could help us. In the end you have three or four producers and we have to get all the parts in a box and put the manual in and send it off! 

So collaboration and finding the right people to work with is important?

It’s completely crucial I think. You learn a lot from other people, about looking at the other side, and what the options are. Otherwise you’re not getting the full picture. And that’s why clients are also fantastically important. They encourage you to do things you wouldn’t even have thought about – they push your boundaries. You know, at the end of the day I’m still a guy. I enjoy cooking, but 9 times out of 10 I make a kitchen without a cupboard for the vacuum cleaner!? It’s a stupid example you know, but I made that mistake twice! And you must have these practicalities. Storage is never-ending – especially in London, storage is always a problem. Half of the time I’m drawing cupboards! I have them coming out of my nose…

Do you think people have become more design conscious? Are there differences between the UK and Holland?

Definitely – I think if you compare it to 10 years ago, it’s really growing in the UK, especially if you see the amount of design stores that are popping up in London. There’s a very nice Dutch tile brand named Mosa, and they’ve just opened up a flagship store, and a lot of Italian furniture brands opened showrooms recently.

I find that British clients are still slightly traditional or they’re über-modern, you know. It’s either Norman Foster or William Morris. For their interiors here in London people will spend a lot of money. I find that the Brits I work for want more quality in what they have. I think in the 80s and 90s people did up houses pretty badly with a lot of DIY-ing and a lot of cheap products. So basically a lot of jobs are gutting it out, cleaning it up and building it up again.

In Holland we have a big contingent of middle-60s to stark 90s new dwellings, and now there are a lot of other national building projects going on. I’m designing a family house in a small pocket like that. There are a lot of rules and constraints – it’s like a Grade II listed area in the UK – but it’s fun.

Tell us about some of your favourite projects – you worked on London restaurant Oldroyd with Tom Oldroyd and Meryl Fernandes?

We did Oldroyd with the three of us, it was great. The thing is, if people are inspired and they want to go for quality – it almost always works. Especially with the restaurant, it was easy to work with them. It’s always great when someone has a lot of experience of cooking and of how a kitchen works. So it was like, why don’t you carve out the space you need for the kitchen and tell me what else you want and I’ll make you some drawings and see if it fits or not. 

One of the main things of course was, the restaurant is very small downstairs and that’s a negative and a positive – the positive is that it very quickly becomes very cosy, and that’s amazing. We really wanted that feeling and I think we succeeded.

In terms of the Upside Downs – I love the table. A coffee table can be horrible, it’s like a television! People always make the mistake of hanging the television first and then make the decision of how they want to sit in their living room – which is completely wrong! You shouldn’t think about the TV. You should start by thinking about the layout of your living room and then when you know where is the best place to sit, you can think about hanging a TV – there’s the tip of the week! 

Sometimes I sit with people and I think ‘Why is everything so unhandy!’ Obviously it’s very handy to put a cup of coffee on the table if you’re sitting and reading a book or watching the TV, or to put a bowl of apples on it. But I never understood why it should be in the middle. Then of course as a designer you think it should be part of some sort of a series – a coffee table, and a side table.

I’m fascinated with marble, and the more expensive stones. I was walking around with this idea and thought it would be so nice to have this block of marble that just floats, and you could put something else against it –because everything looks so incredibly pretty against a block of marble. A golden tool of designing of course is that you can buy almost everything from Ikea – but with a few good pieces or a few antique pieces that are really genuinely you, you can lift up the entire interior. It doesn’t have to cost anything. I like that principle myself and I’m happy for my pieces to mix and match.

Furniture is a good way to stand out from the crowd, or people to relate to and pick up on your work. It’s like underwear for haute couture! It’s your way to get more noticed and to move towards better work. 

So the Upside Downs are currently sold in Meryl’s East London shop, thethestore where she handpicks everything and features lots of independent designers. How important is it to you where they are sold?

That is key. It’s collaborative again, and I think that is very good! I get feedback from her and her customers – and I can brainstorm things that may come next. I said to Meryl, ‘We’ll embark on this journey for a long time and we’ll just do this!’ 

Finally, thank you so much for styling yourself up today in your trusty Clarks Desert Boots – sum up what you love and appreciate about them from a design perspective?

They are a fantastic example of, at the time, using the techniques available – you can just tell it’s a very smart design. Just one or two pieces of leather, four lace-holes and a beautiful cut – that’s it! Lots of other shoe styles have been built out of it but the Desert Boot still remains the better shoe…

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PostClarks & The Art of Craft: Prad Indrakumar

Established in 1825, we've got 190 years experience of making the finest quality shoes. Every now and again we like to introduce you to some of the people continuing our longstanding traditions in shoemaking craftmanship.

A shoe designer bringing the future to our Clarks Originals lines, Prad Indrakumar is responsible for experimental, contemporary silhouettes like our Foot Patrol Tawyer FP and Ronnie Fieg Kildare collabs – as well as the Trigenic Flex. And, although modern, athletic-inspired design is his focus, tradition plays a huge part in his design process – each and every one of his designs is a result of working closely with our last-making team.

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PostBlog Loving: Jordan Bunker

We love catching up with blogger Jordan Bunker.

Fashion student and culture vulture, it amazes us how he finds time-out from grafting away at his final dissertation to capture his gorgeous lifestyle photography.

Jordan’s also been getting the best out of our SS16 collections – check out these shots from his Instagram feed. Our Clarks Originals Desert London adds pared back cool to Jordan’s on-campus uniform, while our redefined Chelsea boot Chilver Top softens an all-black London look.

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PostKai & Sunny – Whirlwind of Time

Artists, collaborators and Clarks Originals obsessives Kai & Sunny recently opened their latest exhibition Whirlwind of Time at the StolenSpace Gallery, London. Past collaborations for the pair include prints for Nike and Alexander McQueen, while one of their first commissions was for the cover of the novel Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell.

Mitchell has written an exclusive short story for a Limited Edition artwork in the exhibition, and the packed opening night attracted a visit from Levi Maestro, in town for a few days to film the installation for his online show, Maestro Knows.

We caught up with Kai to chat through the artists’ process, projects and inspiration.

Tell us a bit about both your backgrounds? You met at art school – what made you work together as a partnership?

When we graduated from Epsom School Of Art I went to work for Mo' Wax Records designing record covers under Ben Drury and Sunny went off to work as a print designer at the clothing brand Maharishi. A few years later in 2003 we reconnected and decided to start working together. We started a fashion label called Call Of The Wild and had a small studio on Hoxton Square.

It was all very step by step, but when we were approached to create the cover for Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell things started to change and other commissions came in. The label was doing well at that point and things just seemed to go from strength to strength. There was no real master plan, things just happened and the timing was right.

Talk us through your work. It's nature-inspired yet highly graphic and geometric. Where do you find your inspiration?

Our inspiration mainly comes from nature but having a graphic background it makes sense to us to abstract and make our work geometric. We both grew up in the country (Kai is a Somerset boy) so maybe this is why we gravitate towards nature. However our work isn't necessarily about nature, but we use it as our foundation and to connect. Our work deals with subjects based on time.

Our images somehow balance the serene with the intense or the fragile with the stable. All landscapes excite us. We often look at water for inspiration and this feeds back into the passage of time theme.

How does your working process actually work? Do you work on pieces together or individually?

We always work on pieces together and discuss as we go. We've been working together for 13 + years, so have our routine down. 

Some of your commissions have included collaborations with brands such as Nike and Reebok, designers like Alexander McQueen and book cover commissions for David Mitchell. Have you found them satisfying projects to work on? How does it work to bring concepts together?

We really enjoy collaborating and we find interesting results can happen. Most recently for our current show we collaborated with David Mitchell author of Cloud Atlas.This is a longstanding collaboration and one we are very proud of.

Originally we were asked to create his book covers and a few years later we asked David if he would write a short story for one of our art shows in response to the works. Recently we've collaborated with Element Skateboards on four decks with the concept of Wind, Earth, Fire, Water. Sunny and I are both very interested in skateboarding and the theme fits our work.

"I believe when collaborating a lot of trust is involved from both sides to get great results. There's a certain amount of risk so it needs to feel right - there needs to be a fit or a relationship between both parties, and certainly trust and mutual respect."

How do you choose your materials and processes and how have these evolved over time? Is there a distinctive development behind you / that you see going forward – or does it just happen organically?

Our work over the 13 years of working together has changed a lot and we have grown and developed our process during this time. In the earlier days our work was much more graphic and bold shapes but over the years we have refined this. Our work has become much more linear, using single lines to build up layers using ballpoint pens. It's a very methodic and controlled process. Our work has become very detailed however each line has its individual place. It makes you use only what is needed. 

So your new exhibition Whirlwind of Time is at StolenSpace Gallery in London. You've also exhibited in the US – New York, San Francisco and LA – do you have any favourite locations?

We've enjoyed all of our shows and each show has enabled us to work on the next. It teaches you to try new techniques, try new ideas. Having the opportunity to show in LA at Shepard Fairey's gallery was awe-inspiring. We learnt a huge amount from that show and applied that in our New York show at Jonathan LeVine Gallery. We couldn't have created our current show at StolenSpace Gallery in London without the previous ones. They are all as important as each other.

Tell us a little bit about Whirlwind of Time – the new work, themes and processes behind it?

Whirlwind Of Time is about the passage of time. The works explore the turning of tides, changing weather and time for reflection. Our pen pieces are built up with hundreds of lines which creates a tension inside each piece. The images are delicate but as a mass of colour and shape they feel powerful. It's a slow methodical process and perhaps that leads into the theme of time somehow.

What about future projects or ideas…? Do you think the same themes of nature, time and reflection will still continue to inspire you?

I believe so. These are areas that inspire us. I feel we are just touching the surface.

 

One final word – yourself and Sunny are massive Clarks Originals fans and have been expertly wearing our Clarks Desert Boot and Desert London styles. What is it about them you love so much?

I've worn the Desert Boot for as long as I remember. I think as a piece of design they are just perfect. Great handcrafted quality combined with simplicity. Form meets function at its best.

 

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BUY - Desert London

SHOP - Clarks Originals

Photography by Stuart Grimshaw of Pennleigh © Stuart Grimshaw/Pennleigh Ltd. 2016

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PostWallabee for AW15

Clarks Wallabees

 

SHOP – Men’s Originals Boots

BUY – Wallabee Boot

Our Clarks Originals Wallabee profile just keeps on giving. Cut to this season’s update – a boot version that sits higher on the ankle and mixes 100% pure wool felt with suede, and trims it with a touch of veg tan leather. Top up your neutral layers with a grey marl sweatshirt and inject some deep purple denim.

 

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PostDesert Aerial : Womens Desert Boots

Women's Desert Boots

SHOP – Desert Boots

BUY – Desert Aerial

Catch them quick – Desert Aerial, our cool, crisp canvas twist on the classic Clarks Desert Boot, are simply delicious. The sole gets a utility lift in lightweight speckled EVA and the pretty paisley linings complete these playful summer boots. Team with high summer florals and spotless white denim, and pop on a fedora and sunnies for all-over cute coverage.

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PostClarks Desert Boots : Made in England

Clarks Desert Boot

This year we’re celebrating the 65th anniversary of the Clarks Desert Boot with a special limited-edition pair, made in England.

SHOP – Clarks Desert Boots

BUY – Made in England Clarks Desert Boots

Each of the 1,950 pairs (they hit the market in 1950) of Made in England Desert Boots are hand-numbered and feature…

  • The original Cordova Velour suede which characterised the very first Desert Boot styles of the 1950s
  • An exceptionally crafted pair of socks by TRiCKETT of Lancashire, knitted using 100% Lancastrian cotton on traditional looms and finished by hand
  • An exclusive crepe suede cleaner in the shape of the Desert Boot’s iconic fob
  • Alternative leather laces
  • Collectible packaging containing commemorative artwork

Invest in a true Original.

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PostDesert Aerial : New Desert Boots

Desert Boots

Some designs are so clean that a slight tweak is all it takes to create something new. Our Desert Aerials team the classic Desert Boot with a lightweight trainer sole and laces. Keep it simple and wear yours with chinos and a mint green linen shirt for easy summer style.

SHOP – Desert Aerial

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PostAW15 styles : Press day

AW15 style Last month fashion’s great and good came together at The Music Rooms, London, to check out our AW15 Press Day. Top press editors, PRs and key fashion bloggers grabbed a first look at what our new collections have to offer. For those who need fast track fashion – check out our new pre-collection launch in June.

SHOP – New Arrivals

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PostRule sports luxe this summer

small SHOP – Trigenics

SHOP – Clutch bags

Create a new take on sports minimalism by teaming an oversized t-shirt dress with our Trigenic Flex.  Already a big hit with sneaker freaks, this pioneering design is made using moccasin construction and has a three part decoupled sole that flexes with the foot. Finish your look with the Tigley Spring clutch – its clean lines will add an architectural edge to this effortless off-duty outfit.

See more ways to style Trigenics here.

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PostHerschel x Clarks Desert Boots

Herschel Clarks Desert Boot

SHOP – Clarks Herschel Desert Boots

To celebrate 65 years of the Desert Boot, we’ve teamed up with design driven accessorise brand Herschel for an exclusive collaboration. Available in navy and grey premium suede, the Herschel Desert Boot features colour-dipped lace aglets, a contrasting tumbled leather tongue and a soft chambray lining for a look that blends timeless functionality with modern design.

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PostWhite out – white sandals for women

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This season there was a white-out on the runways and now that summer has arrived this hue is good-to-go. Take a detox from clashing prints and patterns with all white sandals, backpacks kimono tops, and courts. Our Geta Block sandals feature a geisha inspired look using an ultra-lightweight cork wrapped sole – meaning they achieve that must-have chunky appearance but they’re light enough to wear on long summer days.

SHOP – White shoes and sandals

BUY- Geta Block

SHOP – White bags

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PostJobs in fashion: Buying

Jobs in fashion

As part of our series on working in the fashion industry we catch up with Men’s Buyer, Fee Pearce, to find out a little more about working in buying…

SHOP – Clarks Originals Trigenics

SHOP – Women’s Originals

How I got here…

I’ve always been creative, but to begin with my interests were in Fashion Journalism. I studied Fashion Management and then took an internship at WGSN, but found myself drawn to Buying after learning more about what it involves. I got a job in London working for an outdoor clothing company as an assistant on their Buying team and soaked up everything I could. I’ve always wanted to work for a global brand so Clarks was a natural next step for me.

My advice for breaking in to fashion…

Accept the fact it’s going to be competitive so make sure you stand out from the crowd – be passionate, deliver your best at all times (even if it’s making your boss an awesome cup of tea) and always arrive early!

Worst advice I ever got…

A difficult manager once told me I shouldn’t make any mistakes, which is ridiculous. Making mistakes is sometimes one of the best ways to learn, and as long as you’re not doing it all the time, also one of the best ways to identify how to improve a process or challenge the status quo.

Unexpected challenges…

The weather! Recently our seasons in the UK have been particularly unpredictable. As a Buyer it’s my job to know what the consumer is going to want from us a year from now, but in the last couple of years the weather has meant it’s been hard for us to plan for transitional points in the season. I’ve found myself asking our designers for boots in spring and canvas in autumn!

My go-to look…

Everything in my wardrobe is black at the moment! It’s easy chic. I’m a bit of a tomboy so I’m really into man-tailoring and simple sports inspired aesthetics to set off an outfit – mesh, square-cut tops and a silver chain.

What I’m wearing now….

My Trigenics look great with almost everything. I love the deconstructed sole. I always turn up my jeans when I wear them to make sure they get the attention they deserve!

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PostRats to Rudeboys – Story of the Clarks Desert Boot

Ever since the Clarks Desert Boot took America by storm in 1950, the deceptively simple design has captured the imagination of subcultures and style leaders from around the world. Whether it was in the music halls of 1970s Kingston, Jamaica or on the streets of Paris during the 1968 uprisings, the Desert Boot has been the shoe of choice for youth trying to carve out a new identity.

SHOP – Clarks Desert Boots 

In celebration of its 65th anniversary we’re using WhatsApp to connect the Desert Boot’s fans with key figures from subcultures of the past 65 years. To discover more about the project watch the film and read on below…  Continue reading

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PostThe new Originals: Clarks Desert boots

Clarks Desert Boots The Trigenic Dune boot teams a three part decoupled sole with supple, waxy leathers for a new take on sports minimalism. The flexible construction makes them commuter-friendly and their architectural edge makes them a striking piece of footwear design – don’t just take our word for it (www.highsnobiety.com).

SHOP – Trigenics

SHOP – All Originals

SHOP – Desert Aerial 

Whether it’s Monday morning, dress down Friday or a lazy Sunday with mates, the Desert Aerial is your new go to shoe for instant outfit impact. Based on the iconic Desert Boot but reinterpreted in perforated suede with a super lightweight sneaker sole, this versatile design can be worn with slacks in your downtime and then restyled with smart separates for work.

Clarks Trigenics

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PostEmpress moon: Desert Boots for women

Desert Boots for women

The right pair of boots can make your outfit fall into place. Our Empress Moon boots have more than a little Desert Boot DNA, but the wedged outsole and slimmer shape gives them a feminine update.

SHOP – Women’s Originals boots

SHOP – ALL Women’s Originals

These versatile boots will work just as well at the office, with black jeans and a white shirt as they will for summer festivals, with denim shorts and a vest. While it’s still a little chilly for those shorts, team them with skinny grey jeans, an on-trend Aztec top and sunnies.

Desert Boots for women

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Post2015: Men’s spring workwear

Clarks Desert Boots We’ve come a long way since the days of pinstripes and bowler hats. Workwear needs to have enough of a sartorial slant to be taken seriously – while at the same time being flexible enough to take us from work to weekend when 5 o’clock on a Friday rolls around.

SHOP – all men’s Jink styles

SHOP – all men’s canvas styles 

These low profile Jink Desert Boots in green canvas will take the edge off summer suits or chinos and can then be worn with denim shorts when Saturday comes.

 

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PostMen’s casual trainers

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The very concept of the modern man’s trainer has evolved, making athletic inspired footwear more wearable than ever. Inspired by the iconic Clarks Wallabee, our Tawyer Lite in sporty grey mesh intelligently straddles the line between sneaker and shoe, making them ideal for weekend wear for casual days.

SHOP - MEN’S CASUAL TRAINERS

BUY – this navy backpack

Our Mego Walk in perforated unlined leather was created to be worn barefoot. This low profile classic calls on 50s sportswear for inspiration and will work with skinny black jeans now, then with shorts in a month or two when the weather begins to heat up.

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PostDOOM X WALLABEE BOOT – AVAILABLE NOW

Doom Wallabee boot on sale

Available NOW - Shop DOOM X WALLABEE BOOT

 

Before the launch of the Limited Edition DOOM X Wallabee boot we talked to the super villain of hip hop about teaming up with Clarks Originals.

How did you start out?

The super villain really started out in New York. I’ve been doing music now for more than 20 years, and I’m still doing what I do – instrumentals, rhymes, trying to cover as much of the spectrum musically as I can – whilst professionally keeping it tight.

Why do you wear a mask?

This version of the mask I have had for about five years. There have been previous versions, but the idea came from me just wanting to wear a mask on stage. I started out by wearing a stocking mask at first, and then it evolved to a plastic, altered, Halloween mask, until we came up with the current bad boy.

Why did you decide to work with Clarks Originals?

Well, Clarks Originals are the classic Wallabee joints. It’s in their name – they are classics, originals. Only rich cats had these back in the day. I wasn’t really able to get a pair until recently, but ever since then they’ve been in my collection. It’s like a sneaker, but it’s still a shoe. You can flip them up. They always had a classy but casual look to them.

What was it like to make your own shoe?

Well Clarks came up with the offer, and automatically I was with it. I was trying to think how, and what, am I going to add to an original. Originals are classy joints – so I had to work out what I could do without taking away from that feel.

You are certainly a Pioneer. What similarities are there between you and Clarks Originals?

Well thank you for the compliment. I feel humble – there’s a lot of hard work that has been put into it, so it’s great that it has been appreciated. I think we’re a good fit as you’re dealing with two original concepts. I’m trying to be as different as possible with the mask and everything. No-one had ever tried it before, it was ground breaking.

It’s the same with these shoes – they stand the test of time. When you have something like that, where craftsmanship and care is put into the creation, then it tends to last a long time. That’s the true test. I think that’s also a good look for me – Clarks Originals and I both carry weight with what we do and what we do speaks for itself.

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PostDoom – Limited Edition Wallabee

Doom X Clarks Wallabee

MF DOOM The self-styled ‘super villain of hip hop’ is back, collaborating with Clarks Originals on a Wallabee like no other. Remixed in NY Knicks’ colours, they feature a mask-themed lining, glow in the dark sole and royal blue suede.

Available 12.12.14

Shop Clarks Originals Wallabees 

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PostShine and sole

Clarks Desert Boots

Two key footwear trends making their mark in AW14 are high shine leather finishes and sole detailing. A slick oxblood leather finish brings a new dimension to our iconic Desert Boots. Team yours with a blazer and jeans for a new take on office wear.

how to wear men's boots

With ice soles, colour stacks and saw tooth all making an impression this year, soles are no longer just a practicality. Our utility inspired Monmart Rise boots look great with a winter print jumper, jeans and a beanie hat.

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PostMonochrome: Grey days in summer

As part of London Collections: Men we gifted two of our favourite bloggers Jonathan Daniel Pryce - GarconJon.com and Iñaki Carvajal – FashionFrankly.com a new pair of kicks. Although the two styles were worlds apart both bloggers teamed them with grey monochrome – which means there must be something in it.

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Jonathan’s oxblood Oxfords, red socks and gold watch popped against the grey backdrop of his fitted knit sweater and crisp slacks.

Iñaki wore his sand suede Desert London’s barefoot with grey jeans and a grey crew neck sweater.  We’re all off to get some grey in our lives.

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PostLondon collections: Men

LC:M is the menswear equivalent to London Fashion Week. For emerging designers to global British brands, it kick-starts the calendar showcasing British fashion’s key collections, and SS15 was as eclectic as ever.

London collections men’s This year’s event featured Clarks as part of acclaimed designer and tailor Richard James’ show. Inspired by the cultural collision of the British soldier with the Sahara during the late 1930s, his Desert Rats show was a huge success. Featuring the four-pocket safari jacket, neat tailoring, plenty of khaki and olive linen and Desert Rat motifs, the show was made complete by the presence of our very own Clarks Desert Boots.
Richard told us “When I knew we needed classic desert boots, it had to be Clarks.” – We couldn’t agree more.

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PostMen’s festival fashion 2014

Whether you’re soaking up the summer at Secret Garden Party or partying hard at T in the Park – festival season is upon us. With tents, beer and folding chairs already balanced precariously on your back, you’ll want to pack light, so we’ve devised an all-weather ensemble to ensure you’re festival ready.

Men’s festival fashion

Statement colour chinos will help you look the part; and can be cuffed and rolled when the sun comes out.  A short sleeve floral print shirt will work from day to night – and means you’ll be visible in a crowd. A pair of our Vulco Arrow Originals will help you look cool when you’re on your feet all day and our retro mini backpack is perfect for stashing a lightweight mac, festival guide and a cheeky hip flask.

Retro shades and a straw fedora will not only protect you from the rays but also complement that glitter moustache or dash of neon face paint you’ll no doubt acquire along the way. Finally you’ll have to pack your wellies, but hopefully they can remain in the tent…

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