PostCool Runnings | Triken Trainers

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Essential trainers stay cool this summer.

A modern wardrobe staple, the trainer sees constant reinvention. Highly structured, complex designs contrast with uncluttered, retro styles. Uppers come in a multitude of mixes - mesh, leather, suedes and hi-tech knits. Soles grip, lift, protect, wrap.

What doesn’t change is that we look to sneakers now as an integral part of our lifestyle. If we can’t wear them every day, chances are we’ll be reaching for them at weekends.

With that in mind our new Triken styles slot easily into your footwear collection. Runner-inspired Triken Run (in navy or black combi) boasts a confident yet understated athletic attitude in its premium, one-piece knitted upper. Triken Lace (seen here in rust and light grey suede) totally showcases Clarks craft and expertise, wrapped up in a casual, athleisure package. Both benefit from premium linings and ultra-flex soles.

Run your life in our Triken trainer collection. You wear them, they don’t wear you.

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PostTennis Whites

Sport your tennis shoes for the summer.

It’s fair to say that sporting events have become something of a sartorial showcase in recent years, with key summer fixtures like Wimbledon setting the trends as much as the scores. In homage to Centre Court style we’ve curated a perfect set of tennis whites, a capsule collection of white shoes and sandals that are sports-inspired or simply fresh enough to put your best foot forward.

Our men’s white trainers, Stanway Lace, can be worn with pretty much anything while the pioneering Trigenic Flex fuses superb footwear engineering with breakout style. The gorgeous Barley Belle block heel sandals stay pretty as a picture, Tri Nova adds an athleisure statement, while Sail Beach prove you can be cocktail-ready in flats. We’ve even included the chic, slouchy bag, Trisha May, as an essential accessory.

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PostClarks | Holiday Shop

Our Holiday Shop is well and truly open.

Delivering beach to bar style, our chic, crafted high summer sandals and shoes take you on a journey from day to night.

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PostFestival. Ready.

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See who you want to see, in the styles you want to be seen in. The Festival Edit.

Destination Festival-land is now a reality for all. Hardcore festival fans plan whole summers around music, locations and DJ sets of their dreams. Foodie fanatics seek out tapas tutorials or full-on banquets, family-friendly weekenders ramp up the fun factor, and culture vultures find their tribes at literary escapes.

Serious styling is part of the festival prep, pulling your look – or looks – together. Gone are the days when you’d stuff a couple of pairs of denim cut-offs in your backpack and pull on your (still essential) wellies.

Raise your hands, seize the mood and free up your feet, in our festival edit for this summer.

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PostSS17 | Lander Cap | The White Sneaker

A wardrobe must. Work the white sneaker.

Sticking to pure white lines, Clarks has created a new sports-inspired classic. Lander Cap’s simple cupsole silhouette stays the star. A strong, flexible base (literally, with a stitched Strobel construction) on which to style your look, Lander Cap goes with pretty much everything.

Totally modern, yet utterly crafted and classic.

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PostSS17 | Team Siddal | Mens Retro Trainers

Channel an old school mood into a crafted modern silhouette and you’ll arrive at our retro runners, Siddal Sport and Siddal Run.

An English invention from the 18th century, the running shoe was designed to be lightweight and to grip the ground. With the devil in the detail, Team Siddal proves the sneaker can do smart.

Embossed or punched athletic detailing dapples the supple uppers. Refined and unlined, with a veg tan leather footbed, sleek Siddal Sport and Siddal Run feel great for barefoot wear.

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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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PostClarks X Christopher Raeburn | SS17

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The new Clarks X Christopher Raeburn collection has landed.

This season’s theme is ‘The Race For Space’, with inspiration coming from the early years of space exploration. The idealistic stargazing and pioneering construction that accompanied this era has been translated into the production of this collection.

In keeping with this attitude Clarks and Christopher Raeburn have worked together to develop a series of lightweight footwear that interprets the advanced performance qualities and innovation of space-wear.

Performance fabrics take their lead from Russian Sokol space suits, and utilitarian details have been replicated in the form of oversized straps, solid trooper soles and Christopher Raeburn’s signature webbing.

Inspired by the race for space, boosted by the shoemaker’s craft – a new collection is launched.

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PostNature IV | It’s all in the detail

The optimal, minimal design of Nature IV works from the foot first.

Using an evolution of of the asymmetric Nature form last, an augmented underfoot profile is created for superior biomechanical compatibility. Flex grooves in the footbed of Nature IV enhance natural movement and maximise circulation. The upper, engineered in high performance, breathable knitted mesh keeps feet cool and features a single seam at the heel for targeted strength, protection and flex.

Evolution is essential. Timeless design understands its job is not to break the rules but to learn from them.

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PostNature Reborn | Nature IV

Nature: Redefined. Redesigned. Reborn.

More than three decades after the release of our iconic Nature shoe, we’ve released Nature IV, an update for the contemporary wearer. Evolution is essential. But we stay true to this Clarks innovation from the 1980s.

To mark the rebirth of Nature, the story of the original – redefined and redesigned for 2017 – emerges in a fusion of sound and vision. We journey through the fantastical ‘transformation machine’ watching as old Nature morphs into Nature IV, marvelling at a kaleidoscope of textures and surfaces, technology and design.

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PostCRAFT AND DATA

"The first step to perfection is the last..."

 

Although this may sound like a bit of a riddle, when talking about the craft of a Clarks shoemaker, this statement couldn’t be truer. Every single shoe that Clarks design starts with a hand-crafted wooden last that defines the shape of the shoe.

 The last is a hugely under-played element of shoe making – the importance it has to every single shoe ever made, the time it takes to create them and ultimately, it's what sets good shoes apart from great ones.

 A last maker’s craft is second to none. It takes up to 10,000 hours to become an expert last maker at the Clarks level – their skill is unrivalled.

 Each last generates 1,000,000 data points, helping us to make the most perfectly formed shoes in the world.

 

"Tomorrow's shoes today..."

 Unique craft and skill with innovative technology and data knowledge is what comes together to make Clarks truly standalone from any other footwear brand in the world. Clarks will always be about the shoes – our shoes define us, and set us apart. They are what we do best and always will be. Our passion pushes us revolutionise footwear, we invest endlessly to ensure our products are the best – from the technology that goes in to them, how they are made and the materials that they’re made with.

 2017 marks a year that promises to bring you great shoes, this is what Clarks are all about. We take the spirit of what is Clarks and make this a reality for all ages. A spirit of joy, free-mindedness and liberty runs through everything that we create, in hope that our shoes will also impart this feeling on to each and every one of their wearers.

 

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PostEngineered to travel. Designed to last.

Introducing the new bag and luggage range from Clarks – designed to improve functionality, as well as style, when travelling. Ideal for plane journeys, weekends away and even the daily commute.  

All bags in the collection, whether it’s a backpack, satchel, shopper or duffle, are made from premium quality leathers and canvas. Engineered to travel, designed to last. Ensured to withstand as much as what you have to. Available here now.

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PostThe perfect boots for Christmas in Somerset

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An after dinner walk across the rolling countryside is a big Christmas Day tradition for lots of families in Somerset. Never ones to be afraid of the weather, we do up our coats, pull on our hats and brave the wintry elements with the whole family in tow.

It's perfect excuse to get out the house for a little bit of peace. As well as helping the turkey to go down before dessert. The fields are usually wet and muddy, so ensuring you're equipped with the perfect footwear for the whole day is a must.

We've pulled together a small selection of winter boots for women and winter boots for men that are ideal for your festive jaunts over the Christmas break - helping to shield from the cold and wet, but also smart enough to wear all day long...

 

 

Women's

 

Glick Clarmont - Inspired by this season's Hiker trend with it's D-ring eyelets and fur ankle collar, lightweight, Cushion Plus technology for added comfort

Tri Attract - Winter-sport inspired, faux fur lining, flexible outsole

Tri Aspen - Lightweight, waterproof, Gore-Tex® and cosy fluff lining. Flexible outsole for extra comfort and flexibility

 

 

Men's

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Korik Rise - Waterproof, Gore-Tex® linings, heavy-duty outsoles, made from premium, pull-leathers, complete with a stitch-down construction.

Johto Rise - Pull-up leathers, stitchdown construction, heavy duty outsoles and sealed seams. Waterproof and warmlined Gore-Tex®

Sawtel Hi - Clarks Polyveldt construction, premium, full-grain leathers, hand-stitched design details, warmlined option available

 

 

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PostWhere ever you’re going, we’re going your way. The perfect gift…

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Enjoy the journeys. Long and short. The journeys that end in friends together. The journeys home to where your heart is. The journeys in to the great outdoors. Enjoy them all with your choice from our festive collections.

 

This festive season, no matter what type of celebrations you’re having, or where you’re going to have them, Clarks are with you. We’ve got a whole range of party styles, for Men, Women and Kids. As well as a wide selection of perfect gift items, including high quality Slippers and Bags. Have a browse through our slippers, bags, party shoes – even have a read of last week’s blog post that review’s our editor’s party season picks.

Whatever the gift, whenever the occasion, wherever the place, find something perfect here.

 

 

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PostCYBER WEEKEND – OUR BLACK FRIDAY DEALS!

 CYBER WEEKEND AT CLARKS IS HERE!

We’re offering 20% off ALL Adults Footwear and Bags from Thursday 24th – Monday 28th November, to give you optimum time to make your decision and grab a deal at clarks.co.uk. And for the first time this offer even includes the bestselling Clarks Originals products, so it’s an offer not to be missed.  

Enter BMERRY16 at the checkout to receive the discount on your purchases all weekend!

 And why not check out the Editor's picks for Cyber Weekend?

 

The Desert Boot

Without a doubt one of the longest reigning and most iconic silhouette that Clarks have ever produced, known the world over. An understated design that has come to be pairable with any type of style or outfit. A classic Black or Sand Suede is ideal for both men and women, or maybe a premium Taupe or Dark Tan which are new for this season, wearable with virtually anything.

 

The Gore-Tex® Trigenic Flex

A world first. Gore-Tex® and waterproof trainers on the Clarks Trigenic Flex three-part sole unit. The all-black colourway look particularly on trend at the moment and are wearable with anything, in any weather, it’s a no brainer…

 

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**This promotion entitles you to 20% off any full price Adults footwear, including Clarks Originals, as well as handbags, purses and wallets, in store or online at www.clarks.co.uk. No cash alternative is available and this promotional code/voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code, but can be used with a valid free next day delivery code. This offer excludes Kids. This offer is available for Home Delivery, Collect from Store and Collect+. When ordering online you must enter the promotional code ‘BMERRY16’ at the checkout. To claim your discount in store simply quote our promotional code ‘BMERRY16’, show the cashier your 20% off email on your mobile phone or by printing this page. This offer starts on Thursday 24th November 2016 and ends on Monday 28th November 2016 at midnight. This offer is not redeemable at factory stores, discount outlets, Wholesale retailers or any other Clarks store outside UK. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.

 

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PostCYBER WEEK – WEDNESDAY’S DEALS – 20% off Adults Shoes

Enter BGONE at the checkout to receive 20% off Adults shoes!*

 

Is there such a thing as too many pairs of shoes? Not in our opinion. Brogues, heels, trainers, casual and formal for men and women, all available with 20% off today. Ideal for wanting to stock up on gifts for the festive period or just to treat yourself.

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*This promotion entitles you to 20% off any full price Adults shoes in store or online at www.clarks.co.uk. No cash alternative is available and this promotional code/voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code, but can be used with a valid free next day delivery code. This offer excludes Kids, Clarks Originals, Adults Boots and Adults Sandals. This offer is available for Home Delivery, Collect from Store and Collect+. When ordering online you must enter the promotional code ‘BGONE’ at the checkout. To claim your discount in store simply quote our promotional code ‘BGONE’, show the cashier your 20% off email on your mobile phone or by printing this page. This offer is valid on Wednesday 23rd November 2016 and ends at midnight. This offer is not redeemable at factory stores, discount outlets, Wholesale retailers or any other Clarks store outside UK. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.
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PostCYBER WEEK – TUESDAY’S DEAL – 20% OFF GIFTS

Enter BNOW at the checkout to receive 20% off all Slippers and Bags today!

 

With lots of presents, delicious food and festive décor to buy, we know it’s an expensive time of year. But before the main event, we’ve got a few daily deals that may help in ticking a few things off someone’s wish list. Maybe the perfect arm accessory? We’re offering 20% off bags for today only.

And what about slippers? Back in 1825, the Clarks story started with the slipper, the Petersburg, and just for today, we’re also giving you 20% off all Adults slippers.

 

 

 

 
 
*This promotion entitles you to 20% off any full price Adults slippers or handbags, including purses and wallets, in store or online at www.clarks.co.uk. No cash alternative is available and this promotional code/voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code, but can be used with a valid free next day delivery code. This offer excludes Kids. This offer is available for Home Delivery, Collect from Store and Collect+. When ordering online you must enter the promotional code ‘BNOW’ at the checkout. To claim your discount in store simply quote our promotional code ‘BNOW’, show the cashier your 20% off email on your mobile phone or by printing this page. This offer is valid on Tuesday 22nd November 2016 ending at midnight. This offer is not redeemable at factory stores, discount outlets, Wholesale retailers or any other Clarks store outside UK. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.
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PostCYBER WEEK – MONDAY’S DEAL – 20% OFF ADULTS BOOTS

Enter BHERE at the checkout to receive 20% off all Adults boots today!

Clarks put an unimaginable amount of love and consideration in to every pair of boots they design and make. Clarks boots really are a true testament to our expert shoe-making craftsmanship and attention to detail. A culmination of 190 years of passion and expertise in shoe-making.

So if you’re a little late to the party when it comes to buying your new pair of winter boots this season, the time is now.

We’re offering 20% off all boots* for TODAY ONLY, so get looking at what’s on offer. Just in time for the festive season -  choose from Chelsea to Biker, to knee high and high heeled, fit-for-purpose Gore-Tex® and winter walking, there’s pretty much something for everyone. Have a look the blog’s Boot Diary or the website’s Top Ten Boots for Women or Top Ten Boots for Men to help make an informed decision.

 

 

* This promotion entitles you to 20% off any full Adults boots in store or online at www.clarks.co.uk. No cash alternative is available and this promotional code/voucher cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount code, but can be used with a valid free next day delivery code. This offer excludes Kids and Clarks Originals. This offer is available for Home Delivery, Collect from Store and Collect+. When ordering online you must enter the promotional code ‘BHERE’ at the checkout. To claim your discount in store simply quote our promotional code ‘BHERE’, show the cashier your 20% off email on your mobile phone or by printing this page. This offer is valid on Monday 21st November 2016 and ends at midnight. This offer is not redeemable at factory stores, discount outlets, Wholesale retailers or any other Clarks store outside UK. We reserve the right to withdraw this offer at any time.  

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PostWeather. Beaten.

Mens waterproof boots that deliver high quality function as well as form this winter. Sealed seams, Gore-Tex®, warmlinings and heavy duty outsoles are combined to combat the elements.

 

This winter, Clarks delivers a range of boots specially crafted to protect you from the cold and wet whilst ensuring style.

For men the Johto Rise GTX® is a strong sportswear-influenced style that gives a modern urban edge to the classic Explorer boot.  Premium waterproof nubucks are combined with Italian winter fabrics and progressing fastening systems for something that is stylish and functional.  Details are added in highlight colours.  The sole has an archive inspired razor tooth edge and the heel is crafted with a layered veneer detail combined with a durable EVA sole and underfoot Ortholite comfort.

 

 

Featured across the whole Clarks winter collection is Gore-Tex ® technology that ensures shoes are fit for purpose. Waterproof and breathable, keeping feet at an optimum temperature no matter what the conditions are...

 

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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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PostTHE BOOT DIARY – WEEK THREE

Date: 14th October

 

Chukka Boots

Although it is not 100% known, the name Chukka, is said to be derived from the seven and a half minute period of play in a Polo match – a Chukka or Chukker – historically meaning ‘circle’ or ‘turn’. Originating in India and popular amongst the British Army unit’s off-duty Polo players, the boots made their way to America around 1924 on the feet of the Duke of Windsor, who’d previously visited India and partaken in games of Polo.

The Duke wore the shoes regularly when back in the States, encouraging the style to eventually become a staple item in a man’s wardrobe.

A classic Chukka Boot comes to just above the ankle, is plain toed and is fastened with two laces and two or three sets of eyelets. Usually made from just a single piece of calfskin suede leather with thin leather soles.

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It's also believed that the Chukka Boot is what began to spark Nathan Clark’s original inspiration for the Desert Boot, too. Which has a similar shape and construction, but has that unmistakable crepe sole to set it apart. Still as popular and highly regarded now, as it was then.

 The styles have kept up with the times too; now available in many different colours and materials, from high street to very top-end retailers. Two timeless boot profiles that show no sign of diminishing, worn perfectly as both casual and dress boots.

 

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PostFOR REAL.

It takes a lot to be this beautifully simple. Although it might not look like it, this ultimate Men’s boot, Korick Rise, is actually made from an impressive ninety seven component parts. Premium pull-up leathers, a stitchdown construction and heavy duty outsoles are all kept looking perfectly simple, for a true expression of authenticity. Gore-Tex® lining ensures the boots are perfectly weatherproofed, waterproofed and climate controlled.

The inspiration for the style came from the original 'Americana work boot', in distressed Tobacco leather, with highlight colours to add interesting yet discreet detail. Not only stylish and easily worn with many different looks, but genuinely fit for purpose, wearable throughout the whole of winter to keep feet warm and dry - all evolving from a hand-carved wooden last.

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PostINTRODUCING: Clarks X Christopher Raeburn – Season Two

 

Introducing the AW16 collection of the Clarks and Christopher Raeburn collaboration. Following on from the success of the first collaboration in SS16, this collection is centred around the theme of Mongolia – one of the last truly wild places on earth, a land where the quest to combat the elements has inspired a unique culture of handwork and re-using materials.

Combining craftsmanship, pioneering spirit and passion for detail, we see this Mongolian spirit and inspiration pulled through to each member of the range.

 

For Women

 

The Shiliin Ava is a key style for AW16 taking inspiration the Mongolian Mukluk boot, originally made to withstand savagely cold temperatures. Contrasting materials demonstrate Clarks x Christopher Raeburn’s response to the challenges of winter as well as showcasing an intricate and eye-catching design.

The boot consists of three distinctive layers, with a rubber sole rand, a complimenting leather front and a soft grey felt back. Shiliin Ava is laced with durable brown cord through D-rings and lined with a warm ornamental quilt.

 

 

 

The Shiliin Ali also has a three-part construction, this time featuring a characteristic strap made from herringbone webbing; a signature detail of Christopher Raeburn’s AW16 apparel.

Both styles also feature a reversible insock. One side is a warm wool felt, perfect for cold weather, while the other side is a comfortable leather, ideal for warmer days. The inspiration came from the functional insocks found inside military Mukluck boots, which could be removed and dried by the fire.

 

 

 

For Men

 

The Trigenic Scale’s design inspired by Mongolian leather armour, features include a winterised interpretation of Clarks’ unique Trigenic sole and a removable Italian wool inner bootee bonded to lycra for a stretch fit. Plus a hand-assembled and stitched upper made from elk skin, sourced from sustainable herds.

 Christopher Raeburn says: “I’ve been really encouraged by the way the collaboration with Clarks is developing; the dynamic in the design process has allowed us to produce a range of footwear that brings a genuinely new aesthetic, a unique blend of materials and a healthy balance of functionality”

 Launched in early 2016 at London Collections Men and London Fashion Week, the collection is now available internationally. Click here to view the rest of the collection.

 

 

 
 
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PostIntroducing The Boot Diary

 

If you’re sat looking at the date and thinking, ‘How is it October tomorrow?’, you certainly aren’t alone. I swear it was only last week we were writing about festivals…

This time of year divides us: those who cling on to every last inch of the summer, denying that winter will ever come back. And those who fill their social media feeds with ‘Hello Autumn’ posts, while declaring their love for woolly jumpers, dark nights and open fires…

If you’re the latter then you obviously can’t wait to start shopping for winter boots. And even if you’re a slave to the summer, it’s inevitable that you’ll need some winter warmers eventually. So why not start here? Clarks’ 190 years of passion and expertise in shoemaking really shines through when it comes to their boots. Their craftsmanship and attention to detail never fails to create each and every pair just as special as the very first. From the unique hand-carved wooden last that begins every boot, to the most premium materials, fastenings and detailing.

Each week throughout autumn and in to winter, the Clarks Editors will be pulling out their recommendations of the autumn range’s best styles – from casual, transeasonal styles to winterised Gore-Tex and beyond. Keep up to date with The Boot Diary for new season picks, to embrace whatever winter brings your way…

 

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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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PostIntroducing Swinley

 

Some styles never go out of fashion, but with our knowledge of craftsmanship and materials, we can give classic silhouettes a modern edgeUsing a hand-carved wooden last for exquisite form and with an innovative sole construction that uses the Blake Rapido method, our Swinley range is the perfect example.

 

 

With four iconic profiles and one ankle boot, these formal shoes provide a sharp, handsome look. Attention to detail is key which is why we use leather linings for a luxurious feel whilst the uppers are crafted from premium black leathers.

 

 

No matter what the occasion, leave a lasting impression with our Swinley group.  

 

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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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PostWelcome to the Future

The Athleisure movement is showing no proof of slowing down this season. So we’re ready to enter Autumn with a truly innovative product range that ticks all the boxes...

 

Think, the most impressive combination of form and function, shoes that deliver so much more than just a layer between you and the ground.

Shoes that don’t just look incredible, but shoes that actually enhance you - improving the way your feet move when you walk, as well as increasing gait stability naturally.

This is down to the unique Clarks Originals Trigenic sole. A footwear design and technology found nowhere else on the planet but here. Remember these from last Summer? Well our new styles have borrowed the Trigenic Flex sole DNA – constructed in to three flexible pieces instead of one solid one. The grooves in the sole are placed exactly where the feet naturally bend the most, flexing to the same degree as the foot, providing the ideal level of support where they need it.

Two styles storm in to the lead for us this season. At the height of the Clarks Sports-inspired range, you’ll find Triken Active for Men and Tri Abby for Women.

Triken Active

The most up to date, technical fabrics give the style a real athleisture feel. Mixed leather and mesh material uppers make the product lightweight, breathable and, conveniently, an effortless match for any sort of outfit.

EVA soles are light but durable. And offer cushioning for comfort and support, when and where it’s most needed.

 

 

 

 

Tri Abby

Offers a modern take on the classic court shoe. So even with its athletic style it still ensures femininity. Leathers are smooth, premium, but above all lightweight and flexible. Snake skin texture on the toe and laser etched detailing on the sides offers a beautifully subtle lift of detail to the style.

 

 

In true Clarks manner, these new styles has been made with the most impeccable attention to detail, expert craftsmanship and pioneering innovation. Welcome to the future...

 

 

Check back to Clarks.co.uk next week for the official concept launch and further product information. 

 

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PostMen’s Casuals: July Favourites

Come rain or shine, the return of July means Summer Holidays. It’s a varied old time when the weather’s concerned, and whatever you get up to, no two days are the same. Holiday or not, Kids or no Kids, work or relaxation, sporting or spectating, we’ll all be up to something. That’s why we’ve chosen our favourite casual picks for July to see you through, whatever the weather, whatever the activity.

 

 

Triken Active

As Ath-leisure proves its longevity and popularity, our casual, everyday range continues to be heavily influenced by this trend. Built like the Trigenic Flex, this product delivers optimum comfort, while technical, breathable upper material and a lightweight EVA sole enhances natural foot movement. Ideal for long, busy days.

 

 

 

 

Trigenic Flex

The epitome of form and function, the latest in a long line of Clarks icons. The Trigenic Flex was engineered to support natural foot movement with a sole that’s been crafted in to three pieces, to support the foot where it moves and bends. Not only does it deliver this hidden benefit, it has a super sleek aesthetic. With its side profile catching eye of street wear enthusiasts all over the globe. The go-to for all day wearing with an up to date edge.

 

 

 

 

Desert Boot

The timeless classic, the go anywhere and do anything. From the deserts of Cairo to the main stage at Glastonbury Festival, this one has done it all. No matter where you’re heading or what you’re supposed to be doing, the Clarks Originals Desert Boot would never let you down. Its simple design will compliment your own individual style. Dressed up or down it’s a winner, every time.

Discover more Desert Boot style history here.

 

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PostLost in Music – The Clarks Festival Edit

 

It’s hard to deny that through the power of social media, the rise of the popular weekend city-festival, hand in hand with the increasingly savvy attendee, has meant that festival fashion is as apparent, exposed and crucial as ever, with a huge amount of festival-revellers now admitting that the days of taking just the “I don’t mind if this gets ruined” members of the wardrobe are certainly over. Key looks, outfits and costumes are organised and agonised over weeks in advance, with just about everyone wanting to get the look just right. The festival has been transformed in to a main-stage of style know-how. Fields of glittery, sequin-filled faces, beautifully clashing with colourfully indiscrete outfit combinations - shiny uniqueness, a playground for ultimate iridescent freedom…

And currently we’re seeing Somerset gear up to host the biggest festival in the world, and Clarks, being based a just a mere eight miles from the Glastonbury Festival site, finds it almost impossible to not be influenced by the festival in one way or another. Along with the beautifully unique and magical personality of Somerset, helping to define Clarks’ brand spirit and personality – embracing those unexplainable feelings of joy and freedom, what it is to be you and being unconditionally comfortable with that.

So whether you’re counting down the days until Glastonbury or holding out until Bestival - whether it's the type of festival that plays no music at all, whether the weather is good or bad, all festival-goers will know only too well, you always need that perfect pair of good weather shoes on hand as well as your old faithful wellies. And there’s no need to compromise on style, or indeed comfort, when it comes to the perfect festival shoes – we all know just how crucial it is to tick both boxes.

If it’s to start your packing, or simply just to channel the trend, we’ve pulled together an edit of festival-ready footwear to see you through the whole summer...

The Women's Edit:

1. Coll Island - Fuschia                               

2. Hexton Glitz - Ice  Blue                     

3. Desert Kiltie -  Black                 

 4. Ledella Trail - Grenadine

 

5. Zelby Zest - Metallic                           

6. Cabaret  Scene - Tan                     

7. Desert Boot - Light Blue                

8. Marina Ramble - Mushroom

 

Buckles, studs and tassel details = instant edgy, festival detail staples. Flats in zesty shades, clashing-colour prints and glittery metallics, with chunky profiles and dual density cushioning - ideal for dusk-to-dawn dancing. Browse the full Cabaret collection for more festival footwear inspiration.

And all hail the Classic Desert Boot - spotted on famous feet nearly every summer. Easy to wear, versatile and unique, nails classic festival style every single time.

 

The Men's Edit:

1. Brinton Craft - Tobacco                       

2. Gosling Step - Multi colour               

3. Wallabee - Leaf                                   

4. Desert Boot - Brown

 

 5. Trigenic Flex - Teal                               

 6. Pennard Strap - Tan                                       

7. Gosling Walk - Grey

 

The most authentic Originals profiles couldn't be more ideal for festival season. The Desert Boot and the Wallabee both have a long-standing reputation, deemed as relevant now as the day they were designed for. Demonstrating casual yet impeccable style know-how, they're perfect for all types of festival. Plus they only get better with age, so they'll thank you for how much you'll end up walking in them...

Elsewhere look to thick stitch-down detailing, tobacco-tan leathers, loud, multi-colour canvas, cup soles and slip-ons for laid back, easy wearing.

 

So get the look, dance all night and love every minute. Celebrate freedom, enjoy the things you love. Feel good and look good doing them. Get lost in music, and embrace some Somerset magic...

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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…

Find out more about EYKING.

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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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PostClarks Musto

Our successful collaboration with MUSTO, world leaders in sailing apparel, continues this summer. MUSTO’s marine expertise combined with over 190 years of our shoe-making heritage, delivers a concise range of high-specification sailing footwear. Laden with technical innovation to provide unparalleled grip, drainage, stability, underfoot feel and fit – this uncompromising collection is expertly engineered for top levels of performance, and has received extreme testing. Resolutely stylish – as at home in the harbour as it is on deck – the Clarks and MUSTO range of sailing footwear cannot fail to impress.

 

Brand new for SS16, Tri Lite is a super-lightweight performance sailing shoe. Engineered to offer superior comfort and underfoot stability, Tri Lite has strategically positioned, siped Rock rubber pads on the flexible outsole that will give unrivalled grip in wet conditions. Tri Lite utilises Clarks Aqua DX water drainage system – channels concealed inside prevent water from collecting – while the bold, antimicrobial Agion treated upper is quick-drying, and enhances the striking technical look of this agile sailing style.

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PostClarks Does Kitchen Confidential with Tom Oldroyd

Pop into Oldroyd – London chef Tom Oldroyd’s eponymous restaurant – on a random Tuesday afternoon and you’ll find a hive of activity. Staff banter as they swing through, bookings for the evening’s service are being confirmed over the phone (all good), while Tom demonstrates how to make Malfatti, the little gnocchi-style dumplings he’s expertly fashioning in the kitchen.

We caught up with him over a cup of tea to chat about his passion for cooking, the stellar journey from a Guildford childhood via Venice and Soho to his own Islington joint – and why calm and comfort are essential for a chef.

Tell us a bit about your ‘chef’s journey’? I sort of, fell in love with restaurants when I was about eight years old. Our family friend used to take us to a posh hotel for New Year’s eve and it was silver service. I was very, very young and I just remember thinking, “Wow”.

I left school – maybe a bit prematurely – and went straight into working front-of-house in a hotel. Then I went travelling for a year and fell in love with food and the cooking of food. When I came back I decided to go to university, and I started cooking in the training restaurant there. I thought, right, if I’m going to open my own place I want to know how the kitchen works, so I’m going to become a chef and move to London. I got a job at Alistair Little on Frith Street in Soho – which is now Hoppers – and I worked there for 3 years, with Juliet Peston – a fantastic chef. I worked my way up through the kitchen, initially doing prep – a bit of peeling this and chopping that – and then I was making the bread and desserts. Soon I was running the sections, and towards the end I was the Head Chef. I was 21.

"I was always quite confident with it, but there’s always a bit of you that thinks, “I’m not fully trained to do it”. I wasn’t a trained chef, so no-one ever showed me the classic ways of doing things. But I was so excited by it that I just carried on going. I just went for it. "

While I was working at Alastair Little a couple of guys who used to eat there a lot got in touch, as they wanted to open a restaurant. That was Russell Norman and Richard Beatty of Polpo. I jumped at the chance – and it was a great experience. We went and did research in Venice and then we opened Polpo, a little Italian place on Beak Street. I was Head Chef and wrote the menus. 

Over five years we opened nine restaurants – including another Polpo in Covent Garden, Spuntino, which is like an American diner, and Mishkin’s, a Jewish deli. It certainly kept me on my toes!

I ended up having about 100 chefs working with me, and it became time to step back a little bit, hone it in and do my own thing. That was always the plan. We’d opened Polpo Notting Hill and we’d written the book, the Polpo cookbook. By that point, I’d done my bit.

So tell us about Oldroyd. The restaurant has been described as “One of the best new openings of the year“, and “The neighbourhood restaurant we all wish we had” – does it feel like that to you? It does. After Polpo I took a year out to decide what to do. There was that pressure to do something different. But what I realised was different was what people weren’t doing – I think the classic restaurant was missing slightly.

So, in July 2015 we opened Oldroyd on Upper Street, Islington. I love Soho – that was my playground – but this restaurant works better here because we have a lot of residents. We get a good mix of locals and people who travel to us as a destination – we’re quite close to the City, so we get city folk rocking up in a black cab!

It was quite instinctual to develop my own style. I’d always cooked Italian food, loved Italian food, that’s what I’d always done – but swaying slightly to French, and slightly to Spanish, was easy. It was the food I liked eating.

And is it still about the food for you? Yes, it’s the most important thing. What do they say, ‘You go for the food but you go back for the service’? Which is kind of true – the look of the place is really important, and the feel, and the service is really important. But the food is number one.

When we met your fiancée Meryl (presenter & entrepreneur, Meryl Fernandes) she mentioned that you wanted to create the kind of place you’d like to eat in? Yes. When we first met, I think one of our first conversations was about restaurant lighting! She’s been hugely involved – she was the one who made it happen. It was all our own money going into Oldroyd, so we wanted it to be ours, to put our look and stamp on it. 

We both wanted blue for the interior. And we love plants and we love wood, and I knew I wanted the banquettes around. Meryl put it together – she had the look set in her head, and I trust her absolutely.

We did it on quite a tight budget. It took about two, three months to get it open. All the parents and friends, everyone had a paintbrush. I got tennis elbow from painting this room! My Mum upholstered the chairs, and me and my Dad put the kitchen in. I drew it all out and measured it and measured it again. It was satisfying when it was done, but stressful!

The light fittings (from Flos, designed by Michael Anastassiades) – I think they were the first thing we ordered and they turned up on the day of opening. So everything was ready to go but we had no lights!? We stocked up on candles just in case, but the lights turned up and the customers were coming in as the electrician was finishing them off. 

So do you collaborate on menus with your team? Oh absolutely. We all chip in. I love designing and building kitchens, and I love designing menus. So those two together for me, it’s great. You’re always learning – I’m still learning now, all the time. The chef here teaches me stuff and hopefully I teach him stuff. When I first started out I didn’t have time to eat, I was just cooking all the time, but I visit a lot of restaurants and eat out a lot now.

And do you source locally? Our suppliers help write the menu too, because we’ll give them a call, they’ll call us weekly, and we’ll test what’s good. We use British everything as much as possible – there’s a lot of really interesting British charcuterie that’s happening, so we use all British charcuterie, and all British cheeses because I think they’re great. I cook now about three times a week so I can keep in touch with how the kitchen’s working and how the restaurant’s working, and who’s eating what, why and when.

How do you describe your kitchen style? We have a very relaxed atmosphere – well it has to be, it’s all open! There can’t be any screaming and shouting. I think it reflects in the food. I think you can taste whether something’s been cooked with confidence or not, or what a chef’s mindset is while they’re cooking – if they’re nervous, or tense, or angry.

I don’t think there’s really a place for sweary shouting, I’ve never worked like that. A kitchen has to be a really disciplined place – it’s quite dangerous, there are knives, there’s hot oil – there’s no messing around. We’re a good little team, there are about 15 of us. We had our first staff party a few weeks ago with a bit of karaoke – great fun. We’re a bit of a family here.

And what about your everyday style? What’s important to you? You’ve chosen a pair of Chilver Hi GTX from our SS16 men’s collection? What is it you like about them? Comfort’s important – I’m on my feet a lot. I could be in the kitchen, I could be running around town, I could be running up the road to buy lightbulbs! So, comfortable shoes, all of it is quite comfortable generally. Actually I wear my jeans in the kitchen, and just a T-shirt and an apron. Anything quick, easy and casual.

I love a boot – I wore a pair of boots for quite a while, every day, and put a hole in the bottom – I wore them out basically! That’s quite me if I find something I like. I like this boot, it’s a clean look. I don’t particularly like fussy stitching or anything – however I do love a brogue. But I thought, why not a boot? I like the Chilver Hi, it’s clean, smooth, not too much detail.

"I love a boot – I wore a pair of boots for quite a while, every day, and put a hole in the bottom! I like the Chilver Hi GTX, it’s clean, smooth, not too much detail."

So what are your plans for the future? More restaurants? Absolutely at some point, but we’re not thinking about it at the moment. We’re seven months old here, I think we’re up and running now – and we’re having a great time! I’ve been really, really pleased – we’ve had great reviews and local feedback, plus we’ve got a great team and we’re building great menus. At some point we’ll definitely look at something else. But we’re not in a rush.

I have always been quite focused with everything – I worked constantly growing up. And I enjoyed it. I wanted to learn as much as possible, so if I wasn’t working I’d be reading. Or on my day off I’d be watching Food Network all day, or shopping – I just surrounded myself with food. Thinking back to that posh hotel with our family friends – it was like a theatre, I loved the show of it all. I fell in love with it then. And I still feel that way now. My life took a path and I feel very lucky to do what I love doing every day.  

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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.

 

BUY - Mens Desert Boots

BUY - Desert London

SHOP - Clarks Originals

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

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PostHardy Amies to Tulik Edge

Our archives are an amazing legacy of shoemaking expertise that still inform what we do. For over 190 years we have pioneered ground-breaking design and innovative technology while celebrating the experts whose skills we depend upon.

Legendary British fashion designer Hardy Amies was best known for his official title as dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth II. Amies was also instrumental in pioneering modern British menswear. His contribution to men’s fashion helped define a decade that still shapes how the world understands British style.

Amies was appointed as Design Consultant for Clarks men’s division in 1962, heralding a hugely influential period of design. Archive imagery tells tells a story and plots a clear stylistic course to some of this season’s men's styles.

Contemporary design is constantly evolving to meet new demands. Taking SS16's Tulik Edge – a modern, unlined summer shoe with shades of Amies' signature clean lines and added sports influenced peforations – what we consider as workwear is surely also up for discussion. An unlined, deconstructed suit with traditional pin-striping is certainly smart enough for work, yet with sporty cuffed hems and a drawstring waist, it's relaxed enough to carry on into the night. 

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PostLetter from the Desert

When Nathan Clark wrote home about his idea for the Clarks Desert Boot, they said “It’ll never sell”. In fact, in the 65 years since its launch over ten million pairs have been sold in over 100 countries.

The Clarks Desert Boot, The Wallabee®, 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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PostGoodhood X Clarks Originals

Shoreditch, London saw the launch of Goodhood’s first Clarks collaboration with two limited edition Wallabees. Both are available for women and men exclusively from Goodhood’s flagship store which cultivates the brand’s vision of cultural flow and experience rather than merely hopping aboard the trends of the fashion industry.

Jo Sindle, Goodhood’s Co-Founder says, “I grew up wearing Wallabees through the British Acid House era and it is a shoe I love. We focused on trying to stay true to the original and updating it with sympathetic details taking inspiration from the music videos of that era. The finished product is interesting but totally easy to wear and we know our customers are going to love them”.

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PostSS16 Clarks V&A

Inspired by the 1960s, Clarks and the Victoria and Albert Museum - the world’s leading museum of art and design - celebrate the decade that changed fashion forever.

INSPIRATION FROM THE SWINGING SIXTIES

We’ve been making shoes since 1825. Designing them too, setting trends and building a reputation as a world leader in footwear for every occasion. Our archive is unique and over the years our enduring sense of style has attracted collaborators including some of the best known names in fashion, art and design - most recently, London’s Victoria and Albert Museum.

Working closely with the V&A, we’ve updated 60s looks, patterns and prints to create a SS16 collection that says that was then, this is now. 

The 60s youthquake with its pop bands, photographers, hairdressers and Bambi-eyed models turned ‘swinging’ London into the centre of the universe and Britain into a fashion leader. The look was clean and young – babydoll mini-dresses worn with big lashes and even bigger hair. Men started to dress up, too - aping the Beatles in polo necks and natty little suits.

Shoes had a revolution of their own. Those minis demanded flatter styles and a million Mary Janes and sling-back pumps were born. While the boy’s skinny, ankle-skimming trousers called for equally skinny boots. Forty years later, Clarks has partnered with the V&A to turn these groovy styles into something new this season.

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PostClarks Originals Trigenic Flex

TRIGENIC FLEX

CRAFTED INNOVATION

Our latest innovation, the Trigenic Flex was inspired by the Clarks Hygienic range – a revolutionary Victorian concept that focused on the foot’s natural form.

Taking this concept further, the Trigenic Flex features a 3-part decoupled Vibram sole and an asymmetrical last and lacing system – giving the foot superior freedom of movement. With a hand whipstitched moccasin construction, it’s the perfect fusion of innovative technology and classic Clarks design. 

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PostClarks & The Art of Craft: Kerry Hooper

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.

The last. It’s the foundation of what we do. Expertly crafted using super hard hornbeam wood that doesn’t shrink, expand or warp, it’s the last that determines the shape of a finished shoe. Exactly measured, lovingly sanded, filed to a perfectly smooth finish – the last dictates how a shoe will feel, how comfortable it will be to wear. Kerry Hooper was our first female last-maker – a milestone in Clarks history considering we’ve been making the wooden models since 1825. One of our Last Modellists, Kerry hones her skills everyday as a master lastcrafter – working with, and learning from, the best in the industry. Every single one of our styles has its own last. Each one handmade in Street, Somerset. Each one a thing of humble, refined beauty.

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Post#comfortandjoy – The winners so far…

We’ve fired your festive imaginations with our #comfortandjoy campaign this season…so we wanted to share some winners of our weekly Moments competition. One lucky individual wins a £100 Clarks voucher and runners-up receive festive candy-striped laces. But they all get entered into the big prize - £500 of Mr & Mrs Smith gift cards – perfect for a post-Christmas break!

Keep an eye out for our weekly Clarks emails for more ‘moments’ ideas – we love your pics, keep them coming…!

Find out more - #comfortandjoy

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PostA Clarks Gore-Tex® Microadventure

Take a bunch of town and city dwellers who grew up as countryside children. Add in a weekend escape to a remote Exmoor bunkhouse plus a few pairs of GORE-TEX® and warmlined boots. Oh, and Taz the dog.

You’ve got a Clarks GORE-TEX® Microadventure.

Who: Freelance Graphic Designers Rich Webster and Roger Whipp, freelance Illustrator Kate Daubney, and Stu Grimshaw, photographer. Friends Rich and Roger met at college, while Ilfracombe-based Kate and Roger have a sweet spot for this particular Exmoor bolthole having visited on school trips. Kate and Roger’s dog Taz comes too.

 As Rich explains, the team spend days sitting in front of blank sheets of paper and screens ‘bringing ideas to life through design’. So the weekend is all about, “Getting back out and about, searching for new experiences and micro-adventures – in the city or countryside, on my bike, running – anything, as long as I’m always moving”.

For Rich, the weekend is all about, “Getting back out and about, searching for new experiences and micro-adventures – in the city or countryside, on my bike, running – anything, as long as I’m always moving”.

Where: Opened in 1968 the Exmoor Centre was established under the will of Dora Cartwright-Williams who wished to see a centre for young people in the Hoar Oak Valley in memory of her husband and their happy times spent in the area.

A year-round base, the camp’s sheltered location means frosts can last for weeks on end with temperatures barely getting above freezing.

Set on the edge of farmland and open common moorland, access is by foot only. Parking is half a mile away. A hand rope helps take you over the stepping stones that cross the river. In Padley Alp GTX and Ripway Hill GTX feet stay dry, EVA keeps you light of foot and the chunky rubber sole gives grip.

Exmoor provides us with a place to connect with the landscape and can often feel far more remote than it actually is. It’s equally as beautiful on a cold, damp, dark and windy winter’s day as it is on a dry warm summer evening. 

What: First things first. On arrival, the UV water filter needs switching on and firewood must be foraged. Then, maps come out and the afternoon’s walk is planned.

The river runs high following lots of rain. Exmoor’s high moorland streams are generally slow flowing above the treeline and though in places they become deep enough for the brave to swim, they are rarely warm, even at the height of summer. Otters breed on the river downstream of the centre and Red Deer, Exmoor survivors since pre-historic times, can be seen most days. 

Evening calls for a supper of bangers and mash. Then, fire stoked, a bit of chat, reading and star-gazing take the edge off a blustery night before everyone retires to their bunks.

Morning sees less bluster – and an obligatory fry-up. A quick clean of the centre leaves it ready for the next visitors. Kate squeezes in time to create some illustrations. Then, backpacks on, the team ships out. Over the river, up tracks and across the common, back to Bristol, buses, Ilfracombe’s harbour, and away from the moor.

“I love my day job as a freelance illustrator – primarily for the children’s market – but the opportunity to get away from the desk and do some drawing out on location is bliss, especially somewhere as naturally beautiful as Exmoor.”

Wearing:

Roger – Padley Alp GTX. I was brought up wearing Clarks so trust they will fit me properly and be made to last. This time of year I practically live in my Clarks GORE-TEX® boots and give them a real run for their money. So far they are standing up to the worst of the British weather. Oh, and a friend in London headed straight out to buy a pair after seeing mine!

Rich – Ripway Hill GTX. From the moment I put these boots on I knew they weren’t going to disappoint. They supported my feet from all angles with great cushioning and needed minimal 'breaking in’ time. They were so good for exploring the great outdoors all day they’ll probably get some outings in the city as well as they definitely won’t look out of place.

Kate – Orinoco Spice. It's great to have a pair of warmlined boots that I can throw on for weekend adventures that are comfortable, sturdy and stylish and my Clarks Orinoco boots tick all the boxes. I love the fact that I don't even have to lace them up!

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www.exmoorcentre.co.uk

Photography by Stuart Grimshaw of Pennleigh © Stuart Grimshaw/Pennleigh Ltd. 2015 www.pennleigh.com

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PostBlog Loving: Lobster and Swan

Every now and again we love to get away to the coast to blast out the cobwebs. And fortunately East Sussex based stylist, blogger and photographer Jeska from Lobster and Swan feels the same.

She and husband Dean took time out from packing up Christmas parcels for their online lifestyle store, The Future Kept, to take the salty air and wear in our gorgeous Cabin Spa boots. Rugged yet waxy and tactile, the icing on the cake is that their warmlining keeps feet toasty down to -20°C.

A perfect boot for the wet, windy English coastline. Wild and desolate with its grainy mix of grey skies, flinty waves and honeyed pebbles, this speck of shoreline has never looked so beautiful.

Dean multi-tasked effortlessly to get the shots in his GORE-TEX® boots, Ripway Hill GTX. And at the end of it all they managed to find a sheltered spot for a cup of tea. Bliss.

Follow Jeska on Instagram at @lobsterandswan and Dean @dean.hearne

BUY – Cabin Spa, Dark Tan leather

SHOP – Womens Casual Boots

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PostFestive Favourites Edit

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas...

So we’ve put together a small selection of the pieces we can’t live without this festive season.

We couldn’t decide which party shoe we liked best – Curtain Magic in gunmetal metallic, Always Bright with its asymmetric gold stitching or sassy shoe boot Dalhart Salsa – so we thought we’d take all three. For bags, do we go matchy matchy with Just May or add shimmer with gorgeous oversized clutch, Tissi Nights?

Thank goodness men’s smart stays beautifully simple. Gabwell Walk is utterly sophisticated with its low key deep gleam in premium chestnut leather.

SHOP – Party & Gifts

 

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Dan Hasby-Oliver

We thought it was high time we caught up with Clarks Men’s Trends Analyst, Dan Hasby-Oliver.

As if predicting and formulating colour and material palettes, identifying key shoes and working to influence the wider Clarks Brand community in product creation weren’t enough, Dan puts his journalistic background to good use as author and editor of Last Style of Defense, an award winning, globally ranked menswear blog that features the best in menswear from around the globe.

Just the right man then to give us his style notes for the season.

FRIDAY. One of the biggest – and simplest – shoes for the season is the white cupsole, as it works with everything and has become a wardrobe classic of late. These white, premium leather Balloff Lace are a preview of what’s to come for Spring/Summer 2016 as we really tap into the sneaker trend. There is a superb package around this shoe and a perk of working at Clarks is to get them early! Nodding to the surge in Sport Luxe, it again works well with black jeans and a white, casual button down shirt, which again echoes that Scandinavian look. 

SHOP - Mens Trainers

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Dan Hasby-Oliver

We thought it was high time we caught up with Clarks Men’s Trends Analyst, Dan Hasby-Oliver.

As if predicting and formulating colour and material palettes, identifying key shoes and working to influence the wider Clarks Brand community in product creation weren’t enough, Dan puts his journalistic background to good use as author and editor of Last Style of Defense, an award winning, globally ranked menswear blog that features the best in menswear from around the globe.

Just the right man then to give us his style notes for the season.

THURSDAY. Sport Luxe is no longer a trend but a cultural phenomenon. What started out as the rise of the sneaker as a lifestyle product, rather than just worn for sports or the gym, has now permeated menswear and the wider fashion industry. It can be done in a casual way, or like here, in a more dress way as I've chosen a pair of grey marl sweatpants and teamed them with a white, Oxford shirt and a black double breasted blazer to wear with Edward Limit. The Goodyear Welted construction and superb leather and brogue detail just shout quality and craftsmanship and it's a shoe that can be worn in a variety of ways, taking me from day to night. The contrast of the formality of the shoe and jacket, played down with the sweat pants and a more casual white shirt adds an interesting dynamic that can take me from the office to a bar in Bath or Bristol to meet friends with ease, while giving me the opportunity to tap into a strong and ongoing trend. 

BUY - Edward Limit, Black leather

SHOP - Mens Smart Shoes

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