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.