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.
The Shiliin Ava is a key style for AW16 taking inspiration the Mongolian Mukluk boot, originally made to withstand savagely cold temperatures.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.
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.