PostGRACE.

The beauty of form under the influence of freedom. Such words find a new resonance with the GRACE collection for SS17. Ballet inspired heels and flats for women by Clarks that’s a symbiosis of 190 years of shoemaking excellence and timeless elegance, designed for contemporary living. 

 

"The free spirit of femininity shines through"

 

Leading the way for the GRACE collection in SS17 is Grace Eva. A breathtakingly beautiful piece of footwear craftsmanship that uniquely embodies Clarks’ shoemaking expertise in it’s highest form.

A higher heel than you would usually expect to see from Clarks, this style totals up at 8.5cm high, equalling pure, elegant luxury for the wearer in the way that it both looks and feels, allowing the free spirit of femininity to shine through.

 

  "The ballet dancer: the leitmotif and inspiration for the Grace Eva heel"

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The ballet dancer is Grace under fire. So too is the modern woman. A shoe that offers stylish support is just one less thing to worry about. So the Grace Eva heel proposes a previously unexplored proposition: a shoe of elegant design, luxurious materiality and suburb construction, all invested in enhancing the wearer’s well-being and personal style.

A shoe that will take you from day to night and become an essential wardrobe staple: a shoe for all occasions and for all women.

 

 

A unique crystal last was created in symbolism of the soft, beautiful elegance of the shoe that go hand in hand with the simple, yet stunning, ballet inspired look and inner feeling.

 

SHOP - GRACE collection

SHOP - Womens heels

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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.

 

SHOP - Mens shoes

SHOP - Womens shoes

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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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VIEW - All luggage bags

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PostIn with the new: SS17 Pre-Collection

Now solidly built in to our range every season, is a Pre-Collection. So if you’re almost already done with talking about Boots, then you’ve come to the right place...

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Having a Pre-Collection means we have the perfect excuse to pause on boots and all things winter for a second, to focus on something different. Our Pre-Collection allows us to bring you 2017’s key trends, on a product that is both wearable now and well in to the year.

So read up on our Pre-Collection’s leading style, Zyris Vienna. Defined by the continuing trend of man-tailoring, this style (and indeed the whole collection) is the perfect combination of elegance and masculine influences. Styles that offer a new take on a classic brogue profile, with double-monk strapping, classic toe detailing and hand-burnished leathers.

 

 

View full Pre-Collection here

SHOP - Womens Brogues

 

 

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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 Flex3 outsole

Tri Aspen - Lightweight, waterproof, Gore-Tex® and cosy fluff lining. Clarks Flex3 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

 

 

SHOP - All Womens Boots

SHOP - All Mens Boots

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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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PostWomen’s Party Shoes – The Office Christmas Party

Is it really time to start thinking about the office Christmas party already? We've barely forgotten the aftermath of the last one...

It's a crazy time of year with so much to think about and every year it gets crazier. Trying to find the perfect outfit for all of your Christmas events is never an easy task. And finding the perfect accompanying party shoes is even harder, with us always wanting to secure that ideal style : comfort ratio, when there's a long pm - am partying stint ahead of us.

So kicking off December as we mean to go on, our editor has pulled together a small pick of styles for every type of party occasion...

 

 

The glamorous party

Simple, yet exceptionally sophisticated and captivating - Curtain Crush is a kaleidoscope of metallic bronze with midnight blue and purple marbled-gems. Finished off with premium gold buckle detailing. Also available in black suede, with a matching clutch bag. Both styles are complete with a 9.5cm heel and essential Cushion Plus technology that help to cradle the balls of the feet through whatever the night might throw at you...

Desk to dinner - and beyond

From the best selling Kendra collection, the Kendra Ella is an ideal choice if you're looking for something with some serious staying power. A thick, block heel will naturally provide more stability underfoot, ideal if your event will be outlined with some walking, tubing or taxi-hopping, or if will last long into the night. And at a lower 8cm heel height, we meet a truly wearable style that doesn't lose any of it's glamour. Available in navy, black and taupe leather and suede combinations.

Dinah Keer - another reliable desk to dinner favourite. An all-round must-have footwear profile that will never not be relevant. Choose a sleek black patent colourway as the ideal Christmas party confidante. Cushion Plus technology underfoot and around the inside of the heel ensures premium comfort for as long as you need it.

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Ultimate Party Boots

Also from our best-selling Kendra collection, Kendra Porter is a real statement boot. A style that offers edge, but with the promise of all day-all night comfort. An 8cm heel and toe platform offers just enough height. A leather and material mix adds effortless interest and detail to the style, an ideal team for a Christmas Party outfit.

 

If you haven't seen anything here that is a perfect suite to your party, have a scroll through the rest of the Party styles on the Clarks wesbite, where you'll find a range of high, mid and low heels, flats, boots and bags. View all Party Styles here.

 

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week Seven

Date: 18th November - GORE-TEX® Performance Technology explained...

As the weather turns colder and with more rainy days on the horizon, we know that you’re going to want stylish footwear that is fit for purpose. With our knowledge of technologies, we ensure that we select the right technology for the job and in this weather; it’s definitely a job for GORE-TEX®.

There are three types of GORE-TEX® which are Performance, Extended and Insulated. They all have a breathable membrane that guarantees to keep feet dry in wet weather conditions, but each has something extra to tackle the varying elements of the autumn winter season.

This week we’re looking at the beautiful equestrian styled women’s boot CheshuntHi GTX which features the GORE-TEX® Performance technology.

This long leg boot takes on a classic profile and is crafted from rich black leather. Seamlessly incorporated is the GORE-TEX® Performance technology which has a lightweight insulation that makes this boot great for a wide range of outdoor activities. Teamed with a durable rubber sole with tread and a wearable 3cm heel, this is the ideal style to choose as the climate turns wetter.

SHOP - CheshuntHi GTX

VIEW - Women's GORE-TEX® Boots and Shoes

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week Six

Date: 03rd November - Over the knee boots

 

What’s that? Is today officially the first day of winter? It certainly feels like it. The car got de-iced for the first time this morning and the fields were all a glisten of white, on today’s commute across the Somerset levels, to Clarks HQ.

Watching the sea of workers make their way in to the building this morning, one thing was clear, winter-chic is back. Arrays of thick knits, hats, scarves and of course, an impeccable selection of winter boots.

It looks like the cold weather is set to last the whole weekend, too. Wrap up when you’re out celebrating Firework Night – keep warm but keep it styled with a Caddy Belle over the knee boot.

Pairable with almost any outfit, the boot is similar to the classic riding boot, with its simple silhouette, 3cm heel height and its almond-rounded toe shape. A classy, dressed up yet practical choice for the colder season, Caddy Belle is an all-round winner. Ideal for that bonfire to bar kind of evening, available in black, grey, navy, tan and aubergine, there’s bound to be a colour to compliment your look.

SHOP - All knee high boots

VIEW - Womens boots

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week Five

Date: 28th October - Biker Boots

 

It’s week five of the boot diary and we’ve gone from looking at the iconic Chelsea boots to a more contemporary look that offers a fierce edge to off-duty outfits.

Encapsulating the unspoken rules of autumn winter fashion with layers, contrasting textures and finishing details, the biker boot trend is a must for your winter wardrobe and our top pick is Sicilly Dove.

Sicilly Dove Clarks biker boots in brown

With inspiration from our men's boots, our designers have given the traditional ankle boot profile a rugged update. The upper combines tactile leathers with ankle straps and zip detailing and is finished off with a gold buckle fastening. The slimline sole adds a refined feminine touch and overall this style adds maximum impact to outfits this season.

 

Buy - Sicilly Dove

View - Women's ankle boots

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PostThe Boot Diary – Week Four

Date: 21st October - Chelsea Boots

When it comes to talking about winter wardrobe staples, the first thing that springs to mind is the Chelsea boot.

Dating back to the Victorian era, these close-fitting, ankle boots with elastic side panels and a heel loop tab became iconic in the 60s after influential musicians such as The Beatles were seen to be wearing them. Although many like to reinterpret the traditional boot into something contemporary, there is also a need to keep the classic styling. Whether the occasion is casual or a bit more formal, we’ve got two looks that your winter wardrobe will be calling out for.

Orinoco Club – crafted from oily leathers in classic colours and teamed with a subtly cleated sole, these Chelsea boots provide that quintessential country casual look.

Chelsea boots Orinoco Club in brown

Taylor Shine – with a sleek, slimline sole, these Chelsea boots use premium leathers and an almond toe for a more refined look, perfect for those smarter occasions.

Chelsea boots Taylor Shine in tan

 

Buy - Orinoco Club

Buy - Taylor Shine

View - Women's Ankle Boots

 

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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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PostGo-Go Barley

Our collaboration with the Victoria and Albert museum has got us thinking about everything else we loved about the 70s. This iconic era was famous for many fashions do’s (and don’ts) but there are still some elements we want in our wardrobe today.

The go-go boot was originally a low-heeled women’s boot and over time has come to include other variations under the go-go umbrella such as knee-highs, block heels and square toes.

Our designers kept this in mind when designing our archive inspired Barley group. Uncomplicated uppers in premium, soft leathers offer sophisticated styling and with ankle profiles and over the knee boots, we have your winter wardrobe sorted.

 

BUY - Barley

SHOP - Women's ankle boots

SHOP - Women's knee high boots

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PostKeeping Up With Kendra

New trends emerge all the time, but every wardrobe needs a few key staples you just can’t live without.

Designed to go from work to play, our Kendra collection has evolved over the seasons to bring you a mixture of classic silhouettes with contemporary features to ensure you’re still in keeping with the latest trends.

At the core of its design, each style offers wearable height with an 8cm heel and is combined with a sculpted, flexible platform. Our dual density cushioning reduces strain on the ball of the foot giving you comfort that lasts all day long.  

BUY - Kendra Sienna

SHOP - The Kendra Collection

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PostBalmer: Bringing Back The 90s

Trends from previous decades are making a comeback, but there is one that seems to be standing out above the rest.

This season, our designers have mixed traditional silhouettes with a mid-height, chunky block heel and a razor tooth sole to provide a collection of smart casual looks with that on-trend 90s attitude. 

Inspired by our iconic Wallabee, Balmer Willow uses premium, soft suede in black, navy and aubergine and features classic stitching techniques for an authentic, crafted feel. 

BUY - Balmer Willow

SHOP - Women's Shoes

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PostHow to Wear: Tri Amanda

Pared-back style just got even easier. A pump adds the perfect base for simple, clean silhouettes and to catch this season’s athleisure trend we’ve given the Mary Jane a sports makeover – enter the fashion field, Tri Amanda.

Muted hues are a fashion must. Invest in a pair of navy culottes with a double D-ring fastening and add texture to your look with a neutral jumper featuring ribbed detail – effortless summer layering.

Modern innovation takes this style to a new level while our classic craftsmanship ensures comfort with it. Soft, subtle leathers and our Flex3 sole – what more could you ask for?

BUY - Tri Amanda, Off White Combi

SHOP - Womens Athleisure

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PostBlog Loving: She and Hem

Our thoroughly modern Millie friends from Bristol, She and Hem, are seriously adept at adding a retro twist to everyday looks. Take our new SS16 Clarks V&A collection. Jo and Victoria capture a 60s vibe yet keep it fresh, mixing up a mini skirt with a cute mustard print blouse and slingback style Swixties Pop, and an adorable vintage dress with the slipper cut, Swixties Ball.

Inspired by a decade that changed fashion forever, this new collection – designed with the world’s leading museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum – features updated 60s patterns and prints to create styles that say, that was then, this is now.

The She and Hem girls debuted theirs at London Fashion Week to do the shows. Back on the streets of ‘swinging’ London. Exactly where they belong.

SHOP - SS16 Clarks V&A

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PostBlog Loving: Dress Like A Mum

Not only does Dress Like A Mum blogger Zoë set out to inspire mamas and real women, she also ensures her adorable brood are kept looking sartorially tip top.

Stepping up to a sporty vibe, Zoë and her babies have been putting some of our SS16 athleisure looks to the test. Zoë’s 18 month old daughter stays deliciously girly in sugary shades and our Ath Shine Fst pump, while her little superhero son road tests Tri Scotty Inf, designed with Clarks Flex3 grooves in the sole to max out the natural movement of the foot. Both styles are cute, cool and ultra-comfy – perfect for full-on summer fun and adventures.

As ever, Zoë keeps her own spring summer survival kit totally on-trend. Whether ramping up her street style with leather leggings and a chunky chain or dressing down in denim, she rocks a sports-luxe trend in monochrome knit sneaker, Glove Glitter. Oversized slouchy bag Tarrington Bay adds a slice of this season’s must-have metallic to a girly outing. Perfect for stashing Mummy essentials.

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PostBlog Loving: Frey de Fleur

Catching a few rays of early spring sunshine, Freya of Frey de Fleur injects a twist of contemporary Parisian street chic to a style from our much-anticipated Clarks Christopher Raeburn collection.

Picked up as a Vogue preview for SS16, the collaboration fuses Raeburn’s urban utilitarian aesthetic with classic Clarks simplicity. Freya’s cute jacquard dress talks texture and works a chevron stripe, while her Raeburn Jungle Trek boot adds sports-luxe edge in delicious vanilla. It’s all about the detail in this everyday look – and Freya nails it.

BUY - Jungle Trek, White combi

SHOP - Clarks Christopher Raeburn

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PostBlog Loving: Being Erica

Metallic is having a moment – recent celebrity bridesmaids Lizzie and Georgia May Jagger both chose a delicate silver laced pump for their mother’s wedding, while silver shimmered down the runway for designer brands Gucci, Givenchy and Prada as they looked ahead to SS16.

Blogger Erica - of Being Erica – finds our silver metallic leather T-bar Taylor Palm a natural choice to add momentum to a monochrome outfit. Flattering and a touch retro fused with futuristic, Taylor Palm ticks key style boxes. 

Erica’s right – a T-bar does make the leg seem longer, emphasised by the slender cut and almond shaped toe. Easy to wear, this flat creates impact and elevates your everyday look.

Make like Erica and run a silver streak through your transitional spring wardrobe - gorgeous pink locks optional...

BUY - Taylor Palm, Silver leather

SHOP - Womens Flat Shoes

 

 
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PostHow to Wear: Glick Resseta

Athleisure is the trend of the moment and we’ve got some style inspiration that incorporates your wardrobe basics alongside one of our favourite transitional flats, Glick Resseta.

Keep it simple with a white tee tucked into a pair of high waisted, wide-legged trousers. Pocket detailing adds subtle interest, making this a flawless, smart casual SS16 look.

Sporty influences are key. Glick Resseta teams on-trend perforations in nude leather with a contrasting white EVA sole. Think breathable, a little brogue-ish and totally contemporary. We love Glick Resseta’s tailor-made transitional design.

BUY - Glick Resseta, Nude

SHOP - Womens Athleisure

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PostBlog Loving: Wild & Grizzly

Wild & Grizzly blogger Lori caught our attention recently with her warm and cosy winter uniform, perfectly accessorised by our Orinoco Club ankle boots.

A spin on the classic Chelsea they feature an earthy country streak. But Lori puts them to use in her home city of Bristol where she effortlessly does the school run then takes in Clifton Village’s sights and coffee shops for instant inspiration.

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PostBlog Loving: Lucie Loves

London Fashion Week AW16 has just wrapped, and amid the fashion pack whirl Lucie of fashion and lifestyle blog Lucie Loves took her Clarks Originals Phenia Carnaby onto the streets of Soho to people-watch.

Lucie blurs the line between smart and casual, teaming the Phenia Carnaby ankle boot with a glitter sock and a structured skater dress textured with graphic print and lustrous finish. She pulls the look together with a style staple, her cropped leather jacket.

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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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PostHow to Wear: Chinaberry Fun

Keeping it short and sweet, we bring you our favourite way to wear this season’s retro beauty, Chinaberry Fun.

Soft, wide cut culottes walk off the runway and effortlessly into your work wardrobe. A simple V-neck tee creates a neutral base while the new essential bomber jacket in pretty pastel adds the perfect cover up. Fresh, feminine, yet gently tailored.

Proportion is everything with Chinaberry Fun – the toe is just square enough, the heel is just blocky enough and the vintage inspired trim stays just right. For subtle edge add a glittery sock – as recommended by December blog guest, Meryl Fernandes.

BUY – Chinaberry Fun

SHOP - Womens Workwear

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Jo Fenn

Hi, I’m Jo Fenn. I’ve been working at Clarks for almost four years now and I’m the Women’s Trend Analyst. This basically means along with my other trend colleagues in Men’s, Kids and Clarks Originals we put together the global Clarks creative direction for each season - including colour palettes, materials, key details and silhouettes. I then work with the women’s team throughout the shoes’ development journey until we hand them over to our buyers and merchandisers.

My degree is in Illustration and I’ve had experience in buying, merchandising, retail and wholesale selling before I joined Clarks, which gave me a good background into some of the complexities of our business, as well as a creative foundation.

The thing I love most about being a trend analyst is that we are constantly learning through all the research we do, so no day is ever the same and everything continually evolves – which keeps things interesting as I get bored easily! I get to travel a fair bit as half of my team are based in our USA office in Boston and researching emerging trends can’t just be done from our laptops, so that is always fun!

The blog team at Clarks asked me if I could share a week of my what I’m wearing - so welcome to my wardrobe for the week!

FRIDAY. Now these shoes I had my eye on for a while - they are from the Clarks Originals SS15 collection and I love the geisha style two-part platform! So cool!

There are loads of sandals that are being worn with socks, shifting our perceptions of transitional style – so even thought it’s too cold for summer style you can just add the layer of a sock to make it still relevant for now. It’s fun to make it a statement with a glittery sock if you fancy!

As for the rest of the outfit I’ve layered a decorative vintage light jacket with a plain black jumper, and some faithful dark denim high waist skinny jeans.

I hope you’ve enjoyed delving into my wardrobe for the week and maybe I’ve inspired some thoughts on sprucing up your outfits in this tricky post Christmas period!

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Jo Fenn

Hi, I’m Jo Fenn. I’ve been working at Clarks for almost four years now and I’m the Women’s Trend Analyst. This basically means along with my other trend colleagues in Men’s, Kids and Clarks Originals we put together the global Clarks creative direction for each season - including colour palettes, materials, key details and silhouettes. I then work with the women’s team throughout the shoes’ development journey until we hand them over to our buyers and merchandisers.

My degree is in Illustration and I’ve had experience in buying, merchandising, retail and wholesale selling before I joined Clarks, which gave me a good background into some of the complexities of our business, as well as a creative foundation.

The thing I love most about being a trend analyst is that we are constantly learning through all the research we do, so no day is ever the same and everything continually evolves – which keeps things interesting as I get bored easily! I get to travel a fair bit as half of my team are based in our USA office in Boston and researching emerging trends can’t just be done from our laptops, so that is always fun!

The blog team at Clarks asked me if I could share a week of my what I’m wearing - so welcome to my wardrobe for the week!

THURSDAY. This is another example of taking a dress I wear in the summer and adding layers to winterise. I have tons of simple plain black long sleeve tops which can easily go under dresses or be worn on their own, a necessary wardrobe staple!

Here I've added some great Clarks shoes I was recently given as a wear test, which is when we test new materials to make sure they are suitable, durable, don’t rub etc. We do a lot more tests on our materials and shoes than most other high street companies to make sure our shoes are the best quality they can be. And if you're lucky you might get to wear test a pair then keep them afterwards!

SHOP - Women's Shoes

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Jo Fenn

Hi, I’m Jo Fenn. I’ve been working at Clarks for almost four years now and I’m the Women’s Trend Analyst. This basically means along with my other trend colleagues in Men’s, Kids and Clarks Originals we put together the global Clarks creative direction for each season - including colour palettes, materials, key details and silhouettes. I then work with the women’s team throughout the shoes’ development journey until we hand them over to our buyers and merchandisers.

My degree is in Illustration and I’ve had experience in buying, merchandising, retail and wholesale selling before I joined Clarks, which gave me a good background into some of the complexities of our business, as well as a creative foundation.

The thing I love most about being a trend analyst is that we are constantly learning through all the research we do, so no day is ever the same and everything continually evolves – which keeps things interesting as I get bored easily! I get to travel a fair bit as half of my team are based in our USA office in Boston and researching emerging trends can’t just be done from our laptops, so that is always fun!

The blog team at Clarks asked me if I could share a week of my what I’m wearing - so welcome to my wardrobe for the week!

WEDNESDAY. This is one of my favourite jumpers at the moment. I love all the texture coming through in fashion right now, making outfits much more interesting. I've paired it with my favourite high waist skinny jeans. I love a high waist, it suits my figure shape and has a hint of a retro feel. Worn with the It trainer of the moment, the Clarks Trigenic Flex, which is a brilliant design, it looks great and is super comfortable and warm!

SHOP - Womens Trigenic Flex

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Jo Fenn

Hi, I’m Jo Fenn. I’ve been working at Clarks for almost four years now and I’m the Women’s Trend Analyst. This basically means along with my other trend colleagues in Men’s, Kids and Clarks Originals we put together the global Clarks creative direction for each season - including colour palettes, materials, key details and silhouettes. I then work with the women’s team throughout the shoes’ development journey until we hand them over to our buyers and merchandisers.

My degree is in Illustration and I’ve had experience in buying, merchandising, retail and wholesale selling before I joined Clarks, which gave me a good background into some of the complexities of our business, as well as a creative foundation.

The thing I love most about being a trend analyst is that we are constantly learning through all the research we do, so no day is ever the same and everything continually evolves – which keeps things interesting as I get bored easily! I get to travel a fair bit as half of my team are based in our USA office in Boston and researching emerging trends can’t just be done from our laptops, so that is always fun!

The blog team at Clarks asked me if I could share a week of my what I’m wearing - so welcome to my wardrobe for the week!

TUESDAY. I love this jumper, I picked it up years ago at a vintage fair in NYC. It’s over-sized – perfect for all those post-Christmas pounds you put on – and really comfortable and cosy, but it has a beautiful woodland design.

I always think it’s important to team oversized items with something fitted so these black skinny jeans are an obvious choice for me. Then for a bit of femininity I’ve worn these gorgeous ballet flatforms Timberley Craft, coming soon in our SS16 Clarks Originals collection – best worn barefoot.

SHOP - Womens Originals

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PostA Week In The Style Of: Jo Fenn

Hi, I’m Jo Fenn. I’ve been working at Clarks for almost four years now and I’m the Women’s Trend Analyst. This basically means along with my other trend colleagues in Men’s, Kids and Clarks Originals we put together the global Clarks creative direction for each season - including colour palettes, materials, key details and silhouettes. I then work with the women’s team throughout the shoes’ development journey until we hand them over to our buyers and merchandisers.

My degree is in Illustration and I’ve had experience in buying, merchandising, retail and wholesale selling before I joined Clarks, which gave me a good background into some of the complexities of our business, as well as a creative foundation.

The thing I love most about being a trend analyst is that we are constantly learning through all the research we do, so no day is ever the same and everything continually evolves – which keeps things interesting as I get bored easily! I get to travel a fair bit as half of my team are based in our USA office in Boston and researching emerging trends can’t just be done from our laptops, so that is always fun!

The blog team at Clarks asked me if I could share a week of my what I’m wearing - so welcome to my wardrobe for the week!

MONDAY. Post Christmas I think it’s always hard to get inspired by your wardrobe - you’re generally sick of your autumn winter clothes and all the fresh new spring summer collections hit stores, but it’s still cold.

Generally the answer for me is layering. This black dress goes with anything and with a polo neck underneath it can be winterised.

The hemline on this dress is also perfect to team up with these ankle boots from our Orla Kiely collaboration as although they have a patent croc emboss they are flats, so hit that all important smart casual feel.

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PostNew Year, New Shoes, New You

With the New Year comes New Year’s resolutions which often tend to involve some sort of healthy living. With that in mind, we’ve taken some key wardrobe staples including tailored pieces and a casual sweat with jewelled embellishment, and matched them with four styles from our SS16 collection to help embrace this season’s athleisure trend.

So whether you’re joining the gym or just making a few lifestyle changes and want to incorporate sporty influences, we’ve got the must-have looks to suit. And in the spirit of New Year's resolutions, we thought we would ask a few members of the team to share theirs...

Hannah (Digital Marketing Extraordinare) - I want to start making big pots of healthy soups on a Sunday so I can take it for lunch during the week. Healthy and cheap! I’ve been saying that I’ll join a yoga class for years… maybe this will be the year I finally do it!

Jamie (Web Analyst Wunderkind & Founding Member of office Green Tea Club) Condense gym workouts (which will probably involve less rest periods and less convos!) #GTC

Nude hues are on-trend this season and Cowley Faye and grab bag Miss Collins are the perfect combination to help finish off that athleisure look. Paired with a statement skirt and embellished jumper, Cowley Faye will offer a subtle sporty cue, while Miss Collins has enough space to ensure you have all your essentials. 

Taking on the innovative knitted trend within footwear, Glove Glitter provides a feminine take on athleisure. The black and white knitted upper compliments the rubber sole giving the best in barefoot comfort. Mix this slim profile with a tube skirt and oversized jumper for a comfortable casual look.

Tom (Operations Maverick) - I want to gain a road cycle racing licence so that I can start racing in proper competitions! And also eat a bit healthier, so that I can go quicker on my bike!

Jessica (Junior Visual Merchandising Visionary) - My 2016 New Year’s Resolution is to complete The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge in under 12 hours. Hopefully it will inspire me to take part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge in 2017…

Switch up your office look with our sports inspired loafer Coll Island. A cute slipper cut has been combined with a cupsole for an eye-catching twist on a classic. Pair with soft greys and whites for a statement style. 

Office chic has never felt so comfortable. Mixing traditional tailoring with athletic influences, Damara Rose teams classic brogue detailing with a sports inspired sole. Add our shimmering shoulder bag Thirlby Heat into the mix and you’ve got the perfect outfit to take you from the office to the gym.

Natalie (Men's Visual Merchandising Marvel) - Outside of work I want to start something creative, perhaps a side project or just more time doing what I enjoy most. Life is too short after all!

Matt (Assistant Master of the Web & Fellow #GTC Founding Member) - To get back into more team based training – kickboxing etc - drink regular green tea (decaf) and do more explosive kettle bell workouts!

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PostSay Hello, Wave Goodbye – Swissted.com & Clarks V&A

 

Like a technicolour shot between the eyeballs, Mike Joyce’s Swissted designs scream passion for punk, and like Clarks, a penchant for reinventing a classic.

As we wave goodbye to our haute goth and punk inspired AW15 Clarks V&A collection and the Shoes: Pleasure and Pain exhibition (which runs at the V&A in London until January 31st 2016) we catch up with New Yorker Mike who runs Stereotype Design in the West Village and has created album packaging for artists such as Iggy Pop, Katy Perry and Aretha Franklin and was invited to exhibit his Ziggy Stardust print at the V&A's David Bowie is exhibition.

Laying his punk heart on the table with Swissted.com he re-imagines old show flyers into hundreds of International Typographic Style posters. Here he spills to us on his passion for Swiss graphic design and punk rock. 

 

For me, the most interesting thing about punk was that it challenged the mainstream’s preconceived notions. Punk was all about thinking for yourself and rejecting the status quo and this really spoke to me at a young age. Things like punk, art, and even skateboarding taught me that there was something else out there and that I could do whatever I wanted to in life.

Basically punk rock and typography are my two favourite things. I grew up completely inspired by punk, new wave, and indie-rock and would later find that same inspiration in Swiss graphic design—more specifically the International Typographic Style. I always liked that these two movements seemed at odds with one another in that punk has an anti-establishment ethos and Swiss modernism is very structured. And at the same time there’s a common thread between the two—the Swiss modernists purged extraneous decoration to create clear communication, while punk rock took on self-indulgent rock and roll and stripped it to its core. So I thought it would be an interesting study to combine the two and see what happens. I really like how both art forms contrast and compliment each other.

It’s funny, I have a bunch of Swiss posters hanging in my apartment from the greats like Josef Muller-Brockmann, Armin Hofmann, and Emil Ruder and I could stare at these things forever where that might bore the hell out of someone else. I think it’s how minimal yet effective they are. They somehow achieve perfect communication through abstraction. It’s kind of the opposite of how things are done today.

I hope people are inspired to see things in a different way. I like that there are some people who love graphic design but know nothing about punk rock, others who love punk but know nothing about design, and then there are those who love both. And I think Swissted is a tribute to the true independent spirit of punk in that it shows there’s not one specific way in which things should be done.

 

Say Hello to our new SS16 Clarks V&A collection – Coming Soon.

SHOP - Clarks & V&A

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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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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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PostBlog Loving: Anoushka Probyn

Kicking off the festive season in style, blogger and London College of Fashion student Anoushka Probyn accepted an invitation for cupcakes and cocktails at the citizenM London Bankside Hotel. Proving day to night can be effortless in our Web Exclusive Blissful Day ankle boot, she and blogger pals browsed Borough Market before settling in for some much-needed refreshment.

We’ve loved catching Anoushka’s looks this year. Her chic London vibe works for us every time.

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PostClarks SS16 Press Day: We Meet Meryl Fernandes

Channel 4’s Crazy Sexy Cool presenter Meryl Fernandes might just inspire some serious life envy. We invited her along to Clarks SS16 Press Day to preview the new collections and chat about the fresh new fashion series, her chic Hoxton lifestyle store and a fiancé that’s one of London’s most lauded young chefs.

Meryl, we’ve been watching you recently on Channel 4’s shorts, ‘Crazy Sexy Cool’ where you delve into famous peoples’ wardrobes to find their crazy, sexy, cool outfits. How did that come about?

I got approached by a producer – it was over Twitter! As I’d made the crossover from acting into presenting we had a chat, and in the end it was up to Channel 4 and they went with me! I came up with the idea at the end of each film to do the mood board of ‘how to get the look’. After meeting the celebrity I’d go home that night and remember the three outfits then I’d check out every high street online store and put the looks together. I believe lots of people do their shopping via social media now, so it kind of works in that way. Also, fashion is my thing, so it made sense for me to talk about it – and it’s easy to do that if you’ve done the research!

At the start of each film you present you describe yourself as a ‘fashion lover’ – when and how did you discover fashion and find your own sense of style?

I think I probably discovered fashion from my mum. My mum and dad used to go to dances when I was young, and my mum always used to match her handbags with her shoes. She always had amazing outfits. She’s one of three sisters so the girls always used to dress up. And her father, my granddad – who I never met as he passed away – was a tailor, so my mum and her family were always into clothes and I think subconsciously I was always really aware of fashion.

I think my style changes. I used to have a vintage clothes shop, Found, which was partly inspired by living in east London and being surrounded by creative people and fashion students. I’d get the number 55 bus from Hackney into town and it was always full of amazing people, like fashion students, wearing the most amazing stuff! It was really inspiring! From secondary school onwards I was really into creating my own look and style, so I decided to set up my own shop. I used to collect vintage clothes and I remember looking at it one day and thinking ‘that’s too much, I should sell it’. I actually did a market stall for a while – at Spitalfields and then at Portobello – but the mornings were way too early and too cold for me! So I started to look around and I found this little shop on Hackney Road, and two days later signed the lease and it was mine! There wasn’t anything on that road at the time but I’m from east London so if ever I was going to have a business it was always going to be in the area that I know.

Tell us about your favourite Crazy Sexy Cool guests?

Well I have to say Gizzi (TV chef and cookery writer, Gizzi Erskine) – she’s a friend, so as it was my first show it was good to have someone I know. What's amazing is that she has an insane collection of vintage designer clothes, some stunning Vivienne Westwood pieces. She’s very into the 1950s and 60s so it’s a very curated wardrobe. That’s always been her vibe.

Dionne Bromfield was interesting because she was my youngest guest but she has always been in the public eye. Style-wise, she spoke about being given stuff – not many kids get given a limited edition Vivienne Westwood jacket where there are two available and she got one! She also loves British clothes like Fred Perry, which is probably influenced by Amy (Amy Winehouse, Dionne’s late godmother), so that’s very close to her and a big part of her life.

What I thought was really lovely about the Crazy Sexy Cool guests was that all of them said they didn’t really care what the press thought! As long as they were comfortable with what they were wearing they were happy.

We also know you’ve been busy with all other things design! Tell us about your lifestyle store in Hoxton, east London – Thethestore?

Well, I’d had my vintage clothes shop for seven or eight years, which was really fun, but the area has changed – now there are loads of wine bars and restaurants – so I decided to evolve with the area. And also with my own taste. When I opened Found there weren’t many vintage stores in east London – now there are loads. It took me a while to think about what I wanted to do with the shop – I never wanted to let it go, it’s my baby! I love independent designers and I love products and design. So I stock two fashion brands in thethestore – one is a denim brand and one is a basics range, and then I have things like ceramics and candles and Korean skincare, which is exclusive to me. It’s pretty stuff - people want to Instagram their house now! But it’s affordable too. The shop interior is very minimal, very white and clean. I love Scandi style and the new shelving has been created by Nonuform, a Swedish design company. When I look back, I used to love museum shops as a kid – the best bit was going to the shop at the end and buying a rubber! And only now I’ve done it I feel there’s an essence of that. I’ve always loved design, I can tell design-wise with products exactly what I like. I like championing independent brands, so that’s the concept behind Thethestore

We also learned that reinventing your shop was off the back of interior designing your fiancé Tom Oldroyd’s eponymous Islington restaurant, Oldroyd? He was former Chef Director of Polpo so it must have come with a certain amount of expectation. How terrifying was that?!

It was such a joint project – and it’s funny because we didn’t argue once! Which I think is quite rare, both in a relationship and in opening up a business. But we didn’t because he just trusted me with the design and branding and he does the food and built his kitchen! So we have very separate roles. He wanted to cook the food that we love to eat and I wanted to create a space that we would want to eat his food in. There really isn’t a ‘concept’ – that’s just what we wanted to do. It’s been getting amazing reviews – four stars from Fay Maschler of the London Evening Standard – and she’s our favourite! Oldroyd opened four months ago – and then I opened my shop about a month later! We planned to open both at the same time but one had to come before the other – and I was happy for it to be the restaurant as it was such a big deal. It was a complete family project – Tom’s dad built the kitchen with him, my dad painted. We didn’t have a huge budget but design-wise I knew exactly how it should be gutted out and how it should look. I knew it should be blue and I wanted brass fittings. I knew we should spend money on the lighting and the detail. We’re completely addicted to projects now! 

I'd love to make another series of Crazy Sexy Cool. It was so nice that talking about clothes led to such interesting stories.

You’re obviously a brave, entrepreneurial, hands-on couple! How do you switch off?

We eat out a lot, that’s our thing! But we’re so in love with our work I don’t even know if we do switch off…! It doesn’t feel like work – which is such a clichéd thing to say – but it doesn’t. I have absolutely fallen in love with the restaurant and the food world. I totally believe I was meant to meet Tom and be in the restaurant industry. I used to eat at Spuntino which was one of his restaurants when he was with the Polpo group and all the staff knew me, but I never met him. Then we bumped into each other at a mutual friend’s birthday and he said, ‘You’re the girl who sits and eats in my restaurant every week!’ and I said, ‘You’re the chef and I’ve never met you!’ And eight months later we got engaged! So we’ve only been together a year and a half…but we’ve done a lot in a year and a half!

So what’s next for you?

I’ve given the restaurant loads of attention so now I want to concentrate on my shop – and I’m really excited about Christmas because I think it’s the perfect Christmas shop! I’d love to make another series of Crazy Sexy Cool and I’d love to do more presenting. For me it’s really important to do something I’m passionate about as you can’t really fake it as a presenter! And what’s great about Crazy Sexy Cool is that it’s about fashion and it felt so easy and natural. I think it can be hard to do fashion on TV without it coming across as pretentious or judgemental. It was so nice that talking about clothes led to such interesting stories.

You chose Orla Agatha in black croc from the AW15 Clarks Orla Kiely collection for our meet today. What is it about this style – and Clarks – that you like? Any particular favourites from Clarks SS16 Press Day?

I’m sure my first pair of shoes were from Clarks! I remember putting my tiny foot into the measuring machine every September when I went and got my school shoes.

I always look at Clarks collections as I think they do classic really well. And I love the Orla Agatha as the brogue has come back in such a big way, and I guess these play into that. I love the thick sole.

I remember seeing the Clarks Originals designs with Patternity – I’ve always been a fan of the collaborations. The SS16 Clarks x Christopher Raeburn collaboration is really exciting. I know him through a friend and he actually ate in our restaurant the first night it opened! I was meant to wear some of his clothes on Crazy Sexy Cool but we just couldn’t work out when to meet. I saw that he was working with Clarks and noticed the new collection’s sandal, Salek Sun. So it’s really interesting to have that connection.

Elsewhere from SS16 Press Day, I really like the chalk blue shoe, Chinaberry Fun. I just think it’s a really classic shoe. I love the colour, I would definitely wear it. I’d probably wear it with a different colour sock, like a pastel pink sock. But that’s something you could wear with jeans – it’s really on-trend. It reminds me of a pair of French vintage shoes I have with a tortoiseshell embellishment. I could see Gizzi wearing Chinaberry Fun. She wears a pump and occasionally a heel and she’d love the blue. I really liked the Clarks Originals black open toe with the fringe, Desert Kiltie. And of course I like the Raeburns!

Follow Meryl Fernandes on Twitter @_merylfernandes

WATCH - Crazy Sexy Cool

BROWSE - Clarks SS16 Preview

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PostBlog Loving: Little Green Shed

Bristol-based writer, blogger and photographer Lou Archell grew up a mere 6 miles – as the crow flies –  from Clarks HQ. She now shares her passion for the great outdoors, travel, lifestyle and all things creative on her blog, Little Green Shed.

Keeping her on the move for a trip to the farm to collect log supplies then on a wintry yomp around Ashton Court is our Wave Trail GTX walking shoe. Teaming chunky knits and tights with her trusty vintage alpaca coat she looks cute and cosy while staying super-comfy and stylish.

Thanks for the inspiration Lou – look forward to catching up in 2016!

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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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PostMade In England – Womens Limited Edition Brogues

Impeccably researched and obsessively crafted. Just two ways we’d describe our Made in England women’s brogues.

Our senior designer Helen Richards Rees combed the Clarks archive to find two classic looks due for reinvention – the Watlington, and Saddle, a style worn by Queen and Princess Elizabeth during a tour of South Africa in 1947. Calling out to 21st century bluestockings everywhere we’ve created a capsule collection that features flashes of metallic and grenadine through to the inky gloss of all black.

We’ve chosen to manufacture our Made In England brogues in Northampton, the spiritual home of British shoemaking. Each shoe is Goodyear Welted meaning each takes 160 steps and eight weeks to make.

Make like preppy princesses Alexa Chung, Sienna Miller and Pixie Lott and wear with tea dresses and cardigans, soft tailoring, or a beautifully cut men’s shirt and jeans. A super-wise wardrobe investment indeed.

SHOP - Made In England Limited Edition Brogues

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PostBlog Loving: Dress Like A Mum

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SHOP – Clarks & V&A 

BUY – Stanhope Ankle, metallic leather boots

One of the coolest Mama bloggers on the block Zoë calls out our Stanhope Ankle metallic ankle boot – and doesn’t she do well! Teaming it with an array of fashion staples – the denim dress, prints and biker jacket, plus this season’s dungarees – she racks up the versatility. All finished off with a slick of red lipstick.

Part of our Clarks & V&A collection, Stanhope Ankle pays homage to 80s looks and adds polish and chic to a goth bootie triple monk strap profile. Modern metallic – the new neutral – rocks it. Zoë shows us how to Dress Like A Mum and keeps it totally on point.

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PostSilken Favours

Silken Favours - Caddy Belle

 

SHOP – Womens Boots

BUY – Caddy Belle, black leather boots

‘Kinky’ boots are everywhere right now – we’re seeing thigh-high styles in AW15 collections by Saint Laurent, Burberry, Chloé and Isabel Marant, while the drab-to-fab shoe factory musical Kinky Boots just opened as a hot ticket on London’s West End.

As creators of The Avengers’ Cathy Gale’s thigh-skimming boots in 1962, Clarks are none-too-shabby when it comes to the look. Thank you then to Silken Favours Creative Director Victoria Murdoch for showing us how she wears our season’s essential Caddy Belle boots.

Sleek but fresh, she’s treating us with a backdrop of one of her fruity hand-drawn printed fabrics. Silken Favours designs use traditional pen and ink techniques to create cute, kitschy pieces that are stocked by Liberty London and Harvey Nichols Hong Kong. We like.

We grabbed a quick Q&A with Victoria to pin down her winter wishlist.

Describe your style in five words:

Retro, 70s, playful, chic and fun.

How will you be styling your Caddy Belle boots this season?

With short denim or suede skirts, bare legs if the weather allows, tucked in silk shirts or small knits, with a leather jacket to finish.

What’s your favourite thing to do when the weather turns colder?

Head to the countryside or Hampstead Heath for a walk in the autumn leaves then head to a cosy pub for warm food and wine.

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PostBlog Loving: Samio & Clarks Anniston Vale Competition

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Friend of the Blog, model and part-time fashion blogger Samio loved the Anniston Vale loafer so much at our Press Day, she managed to nab herself a bespoke pair!

She’s also joined forces with Clarks to spread the love in a competition to win £200 worth of Clarks vouchers – find out more here, the competition closes on the 16th October. Don’t miss out!

BUY – ANNISTON VALE loafers

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PostWhat Harriet Did Next: Anniston City Goes Vintage

Just 12 miles north-east of Clarks Somerset HQ there’s a vintage heaven that would make London’s Portobello Market proud. Throughout the year the Royal Bath & West showground hosts the Giant Flea and Collectors Market, a massively eclectic mix of antiques, collectibles, clothes, toys and furniture – all in the grand old name of vintage.

We caught up with our very own Clarks creative Harriet Chapman on a sunny September Sunday to browse for hidden treasures and chat work, vintage shopping, Somerset, style and inspiration.

Tell us a little bit about yourself and how you came to work for Clarks?

I come from Cornwall originally and went to boarding school in Street, where Clarks is based. I have fond memories of going to the Clarks shop as a child and being desperate to have my feet measured so I could go on the machine! I started working for the company in their Customer Care department in 2010. Since then I have worked as a Project Co-ordinator in Retail Operations and as a Marketing Assistant in the Children’s team, which really allowed me to use my creative eye and skills I gained while studying photography.

 

Any favourite projects you’ve worked on….?

I’m currently two months into a secondment as a Creative Display Associate which is fast-paced, fun, creative and massively varied – every day is different. My highlight so far has been installing one of our AW15 concepts into our flagship store on Regent Street, London. Seeing it brought to life from the design created by our team was amazing! 

 

Let us into a secret. What things in your life, in your job or in the outside world inspire you?

I live in Street in a house built in the 1880s. It's an old English cottage style house which was originally provided for Clarks factory workers by William S Clark. I feel my connection to Clarks really helps inspire me when decorating, to combine a mix of old and new. Clarks has such a rich heritage and a fascinating story to tell and it’s great to be able to draw inspiration from that.

I feel my connection to Clarks really helps inspire me when decorating, to combine a mix of old and new. Clarks has such a rich heritage and a fascinating story to tell and it’s great to be able to draw inspiration from that.

What do you like to get up to in your spare time?

Like a true Somerset girl you'll find me with a cider, listening to music and spending time with friends. I love hearing the different adventures everyone has had in the week. I also enjoy shopping for vintage finds. Today I'm keeping my eye out for old frames that need some love and care. I want to replace the glass with chicken wire and find some little pegs to use it as a note board for inspiration or just things I like.

What are your key looks and style influences? What do you love about Anniston City and how will you wear it? 

My style is more on the androgynous side. I like gender neutral styling, so trousers with brogues or tartan shirts buttoned all the way to the top. And the ever faithful denim shirt. 

I love the boyish details to the Anniston City boot - shiny buckles and cut outs. I love the little bit of height and chunkiness to the sole as it can add balance to any outfit. Today I've gone for a skinny jean and camo faux fur jacket, not forgetting the little pop of frill with the socks. 

 

Like a true Somerset girl you'll find me with a cider, listening to music and spending time with friends. I love hearing the different adventures everyone has had in the week.

Harriet’s Top Vintage Picks: ‘An old chair with a tartan seat that reminds me of my school uniform; a vintage handbag – you can never have too many; a mirror so I can check out my boots; an essential parasol to keep the sun of my ice-cream!’

Thanks to the Royal Bath & West of England Society and the Giant Flea and Collectors Market.

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

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