PostRule sports luxe this summer

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SHOP – Clutch bags

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

See more ways to style Trigenics here.

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PostHerschel x Clarks Desert Boots

Herschel Clarks Desert Boot

SHOP – Clarks Herschel Desert Boots

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

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PostBLOG LOVING: SAMIO – SUMMER STYLE

Blue sandals

With the sun we’ve been enjoying, now is the perfect time to start assembling the building blocks of your new season wardrobe. Model and fashion blogger Samio has teamed our Hotel Bustle shoe in navy leather with ripped and rolled jeans, a classic striped tee and sunglasses for a fresh take on summer in the city. Start building your new style now…

SHOP – Summer shoes 

SHOP – Hotel Bustle

Click here for MORE SUMMER STYLE

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PostWhite out – white sandals for women

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

SHOP – White shoes and sandals

BUY- Geta Block

SHOP – White bags

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PostJobs in fashion: Buying

Jobs in fashion

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

SHOP – Clarks Originals Trigenics

SHOP – Women’s Originals

How I got here…

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

My advice for breaking in to fashion…

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

Worst advice I ever got…

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

Unexpected challenges…

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

My go-to look…

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

What I’m wearing now….

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

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PostThe new Originals: Clarks Desert boots

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

SHOP – Trigenics

SHOP – All Originals

SHOP – Desert Aerial 

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

Clarks Trigenics

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PostSerious style points: Women’s pointed shoes

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BUY – Aquifer Soda, pointed heel

This season the point is back, stronger than ever. It’s a shape that makes your legs appear longer and leaner, and who doesn’t want that? The elongating silhouette will add real definition to skinny jeans or cigarette pants and when the weather starts to warm up, team them with a flattering midi wrap skirt. New points + wardrobe staples = instant outfit upgrade.

SHOP – All pointed shoes

SHOP – Clutch bags

Discover – Bags for the season 

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PostEmpress moon: Desert Boots for women

Desert Boots for women

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

SHOP – Women’s Originals boots

SHOP – ALL Women’s Originals

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

Desert Boots for women

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PostBerlin Fashion Week

berlin-fashion-week ‘A modern bohemian rhapsody’ was the inspiration for German designer Marcel Ostertag’s show at Berlin Fashion week. A master class in clash, with Ostertag teaming playful prints with geometric shapes, sheer fabrics with hard lines, and feminine dresses with chunky androgynous accessories.

SHOP – strappy sandals

BUY – Oriana Bess sandals

On display with Ostertag’s new season designs was our very own Oriana Bess sandal. Paired with a chiffon sheath dress one minute and a printed neon trench the next – these sandals are all about new season versatility. Team loud and proud prints with our Oriana Bess heeled sandal for a could-be-catwalk look.

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PostSummer sandals

Women's yellow sandals Nothing says spring like a bright pop of yellow, and as it was such a key colour on the SS15 runways – we say why wait? The honey hue gives dark denim an instant lift and works harmoniously with sweet floral prints.

We can’t wait to see how Freya Bromley from fashion blog frey de fleur styles up her honey coloured Berrick Ruby sandals, but here is a little sneak peak from Freya – also featuring our Mirabello Fun cross body bag.

SHOP – Summer sandals

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PostSummer boots

Women's ankle boots style Pairing an ankle boot with anything from ripped jeans to pretty dresses is an instant way to channel off-duty model style. When you’re teaming them with a dress the trick is to make it look effortless – like you were heading out for coffee and threw on the last pair of shoes you left by the door.

SHOP – SUMMER BOOTS

SHOP - white ankle boots / SHOP – coloured ankle boots

SHOP – clutch bags / SHOP – bucket bags

Festival fashion

You can also update your casual staples with some boho boots and this season’s drawstring bucket bag. These simple accessories will add a little festival flavour to dungaree shorts or denim cut-offs – so put the sneakers and sandals to one side and try out a pair of summer boots.

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PostOrla Kiely – coming soon

Orla Kiely – 70s fashion

SHOP – Orla Kiely

Each season a specific decade takes precedence on the runways and for SS15 it looks like the 70s has come out tops. Whether you see your style as hippy 2.0 or Saturday night fever, one way you can update (and backdate) your wardrobe will soon become clear. We’ll be at London Fashion Week this month to launch our new Orla collection – judging by this teaser you might want to start digging out your flares…

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PostSports luxe fashion

Sports luxe

SHOP - ALL WOMEN’S TRAINERS

Luxe joggers were not designed to be house-bound so work out what to wear yours with and break out. We think this season’s must-have legwear is best teamed with a pair of slip-on trainers like our Glove Puppet in dusty pink. The aim is to look more catwalk than treadmill, so mix-up sporty pieces with luxe accessories, or go for a high/low combo and team a leather midi-skirt with a slogan sweatshirt. However you do it, an athletic update is essential this season.

 

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PostCrafted styles

Men's blue boots

SHOP – MEN’S BOOTS

Embrace your inner mod by teaming our Darning Top boot with a cropped Harrington jacket. This suede style can be worn laced up high and close to the ankle with skinny cords or even a suit. Alternatively fold them down for a casual option that exposes your socks – adding another dimension to your look.

Men's suede brogues

SHOP – MEN’S BROGUES

Featuring a stacked leather sole, Goodyear welted construction and heritage detailing on the sole our Edward Style brogues exude class. With shoes this attractive you can keep your outerwear simple.  A tailored jacket complete with pocket square, crisp white shirt and black jeans. As we head into spring invest in some invisible socks to create a barefoot look.

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PostGARCON JON – FOR CLARKS

Men's brown shoes

Photographer and blogger Garcon Jon found out what makes creative Londoner Jason Davis tick while photographing him in his favourite Clarks shoe, the Monmart Limit. See how he styled up his Clarks and read the full interview with Jason here.

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PostBlog loving: Knee high boots

Women's knee high boots Full-time fashion model and part-time fashion blogger Samio took to the streets of Manchester to road test our Merryn Moors black leather knee high boots. Samio teamed them with a polo neck, poncho and faux fur jacket – we think it’s a look that brightens up even the rainiest of days!

Take a look at more pics from Samio here

Shop our knee high boots here

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PostEmbrace the January blues

Women's blue shoes

From icy blue hues to cobalts and inky shades – make stepping into 2015 a whole lot brighter with some blue shoes. The perfect transitional shade, a pair of blue shoes = serious wardrobe mileage. One way to navigate the changing temperatures is to rework your winter coat. Trench, parka or duster – this season has been all about maxi length and that’s not about to change.

Team a pair of our perforated sky blue Griffin Maddy shoes with your longline coat and some washed-out denims. Style today with a cable knit sweater and skinny jeans then rework it with a boxy cropped top and ‘mum’ jeans rolled high when the weather starts to warm up

Shop blue shoes here 

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PostGARCON JON – FOR CLARKS

 

Blogger and photographer Garcon Jon photographed and interviewed four London gents in their favourite AW Clarks shoes. See the full interview with Adam Titchener, Editor-in-Chief of The Sartorial Guide here.

Shop these Edward Lord boots here.

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PostBerlin calling : how to wear leather boots

 

Surely there’s no one better qualified to give style advice than a Berlin fashion blogger – Dominique (Goldschnee) has created a statement look for winter by teaming our Lynsky Jules boots with a pair of luxe leather trousers. Embracing the chill can be tricky when your indoor destination will invariably have the radiators cranked up to full, so follow Dominique’s example and maintain your outfit A-game by layering-up. It will help take you from the great outdoors to an open fire without breaking a sweat.

Shop women’s boots here

Check out Dominque’s blog Goldschnee – here

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PostDOOM X WALLABEE BOOT – AVAILABLE NOW

Doom Wallabee boot on sale

Available NOW - Shop DOOM X WALLABEE BOOT

 

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

How did you start out?

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

Why do you wear a mask?

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

Why did you decide to work with Clarks Originals?

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

What was it like to make your own shoe?

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

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

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

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

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PostBlog loving: Fashion is black

Fashion is Black blog As you can guess from the name of her blog, Georgie from Fashion is Black is obsessed with inky black shades and ebony coloured clothes. However she did make an exception for our Turin Dreaming ankle boots in oxblood red. We LOVE how she styled them up with high-waisted peg trousers, cropped vest top and jacket in, you guessed it, black – some things just work!

Shop ankle boots here

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PostDan Hasby-Oliver: Trends Analyst

 

We caught up with our trends analyst, Dan Hasby-Oliver, for his take on our new collections and what it’s like to assess the fashion landscape for a living.

As part of the Clarks creative team I predict and analyse footwear, fashion, social and digital trends to inform and influence product creation.

Before Clarks I studied fashion journalism. I then worked as a fashion and lifestyle journalist alongside working in sales and PR at a renowned British fashion label and running club events in London. Somehow I got roped into teaching English in a college along the way too, so quite a mix!

My favourite thing about my job is the travel; individually and as a creative team, travelling to various cities and trade-shows for research and inspiration is key for a healthy creative process and fresh, product information.

I’d describe my style as British vs Americana heritage. I wear quite a lot of denim, knits and checks but then I also love the monochrome, Scandi and sports luxe trends. My favourite place to shop in the world is Selfridges.  Every city in the world should have one.

Clarks has made a very identifiable leap from comfort casuals to stylish shoes you can wear all day, every day. No longer does Clarks mean just ‘safe’ shoes and children’s shoes, they are designed for people who want to make a style statement and who prioritise quality and craft.

For SS15 I’m really looking forward to seeing my influences come through in our products – from sports-inspired cup soles to on-trend colours that were identified and developed about 18 months ago!

Dan is wearing Monmart Limit / Frelan Rise / Norton Rise  

For more on style from Dan – take a look at his world renowned blog here

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PostWomens Chelsea boots

Women's Chelsea Boots

Chelsea boots – an androgynous silhouette loved by 60s hipsters like Dylan and the Stones, and now the uniform for off-duty models and indie kids alike. If you don’t own a pair – you need to, if you already do, then you need another!

This trend is going nowhere fast, so now it’s about making an outfit impact. These Clarks X Orla Kiely boots use a combination of smooth and pony effect leathers to score a double style hit. With Christmas markets and Winter Wonderlands calling your name you should team your new Chelsea boots with some skinnies, an oversized plaid shirt peeking out under a sports-luxe sweatshirt and some fingerless gloves – you’ll need to be able to hold that warm mug of Glühwein!

Shop Chelsea boots 

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PostDoom – Limited Edition Wallabee

Doom X Clarks Wallabee

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

Available 12.12.14

Shop Clarks Originals Wallabees 

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PostThe Men’s Edit – our pop-up store closes its doors

Our first ever dedicated men’s showcase has closed its doors but luckily we took some time to film the pop-up store in all its vintage glory. Located in the heart of Neal Street, Covent Garden, The Men’s Edit store hosted events with traditional shoe-shining, gourmet street food and craft beers on tap. Throw in the hand-picked edit of Clarks men’s shoes, including the ground breaking collaboration with Norton Motorcycles, and you’ve got a winning combination.

Now, on to the next one…

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PostDesk to dance floor

Men's smart shoes With Christmas around the corner it’s time to get prepped for party season. For lots of us this means finding an outfit that provides around the clock wear. Our Monmart Walk shoes combine high shine leather with a stacked ice sole and exposed stitching. Take them firmly into evening territory with a crisp white granddad collar shirt, blazer and skinny fit jeans for a look that can cover both work and play.

 

Women's party shoes

Our Hotel Sparkle shoe combines a slipper silhouette with studs and patent touches for a slick day to night outfit update. Get a jump on the new season now by teaming it with an iridescent box top. If iridescent isn’t on your radar it soon will be, so why wait? Black peg trousers make the ensemble office-appropriate and gold accessories are always a wise party season investment.

Unfortunately Hotel Sparkle have now sold out but why not try one of these styles to complete this party look. Amulet Myth / Hotel Chic / Ennis Weave

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PostHilda Sandström – pumps in winter

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Stockholm blogger, stylist and editor Hilda Sandström shows us how to wear pumps now the temps have dropped. Team this season’s must-have maxi-length coat with a contrasting cashmere sweater, ankle grazing peg trousers (even if it’s cold you still need to see the shoes!) and our Amulet Myth pumps.

These pumps take this season’s point trend and add some heritage Linton Tweed to achieve serious style points! They’ll also work double duty this party season when you’re heading from ‘office to out’.

For more style inspiration from Hilda click here.

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PostGarcon Jon – for Clarks Men’s Edit

 

To celebrate the launch of our Men’s Edit store in Covent Garden, blogger and photographer Garcon Jon photographed and interviewed four London gents in their favourite AW14 Clarks shoes. See the full interview with artist Abo Akin here and take a look at the boots he’s wearing, the Frelan Rise, here. For more information on our first ever Men’s only store in Covent Garden click here.

 

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PostTime to invest – Monk Shoes

Monk shoes

We love a bargain as much as the next person, but it’s worth investing in quality staples. Whether you’re mastering outerwear with a long overcoat, finding the perfect pair of boyfriend jeans, or investing in that must-have clutch – you’re building the foundations of your winter wardrobe. Of course you need the right shoes to see you through the season and we’d recommend a pair of ultra-wearable buckled monk shoes. Team them with dresses to add an androgynous element to feminine looks or wear with jeans and a maxi-length checked overcoat to complete a borrowed from the boys outfit.

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PostTake 10

 

What do you get when 10 of Britain’s best bloggers handpick their favourite shoes from our AW14 collection? Well for starters some pretty incredible images and priceless style inspiration! From parkas and leopard print to fierce bomber jackets and faux-fur – take a leaf out of these blogs and you’ll be AW ready in no time.

 Shop these styles here. 

 

See all the images here…

Girl in the Lens / The Magpie Girl / What Olivia Did / Hifashion Hands of Style / Love Cloth / Marmalade / Dearest Deer / Shiny Thoughts

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PostShine and sole

Clarks Desert Boots

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

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

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PostLondon Fashion Week – Street Style

Last month we sent one of our favourite fashion bloggers, Lindsey Holland, off to London Fashion Week for some style inspiration. Here’s how you can mirror the style of the fashion pack with a little help from Clarks.

 

Shop these styles here…

Busby Jazz / Glove Puppet / Dalhart Grove / Turin Dreaming / Keswick water

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PostRain repellent – mens GORE-TEX

Men's GORE-TEX boots

Our GORE-TEX® boots for men are waterproof, breathable, and comfortable – well what else would you expect from us? Now you can also rely on style that will look as good on wet city streets as it will on rocky mountainsides.

Case in point – our Nanu Rise boots which combine all-weather tech with effortless style. Team yours with a pair of dark denims, padded gilet, fingerless gloves and a knitted fisherman beanie hat. Now that’s your autumn uniform sorted.

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PostStyle and substance – womens GORE-TEX

Women's GORE-TEX boots

There’s something quintessentially British about grey autumn days. If you’re lucky they’ll be crisp and cold but more often than not it’s wet underfoot. On days like this you want to keep dry, but does this mean you need to sacrifice in the style stakes – absolutely not!

Blending form and function, our women’s GORE-TEX® boots are on double duty when the weather’s misbehaving. Our Mint Treat boots in tan leather will be the new knee highs to covet now that the 60s fashion revival is in full swing. Team them with a blanket coat aka wool poncho aka cape-poncho aka concho! The fashion set don’t seem to have their minds made up on what to call this coat-du-jour but one thing’s for certain, it needs to be on your radar.

SHOP – Womens GORE-TEX® boots

SHOP – Womens Knee High Boots

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PostElle part 2

Here is the second instalment of our collaboration with the ELLE team for AW14. Our models are back on the streets of East London and they’re teaming their favourite Clarks shoes with little black shift dresses, wide-leg, geo-grid print trousers and chunky knit roll neck jumper dresses – perfect autumn wardrobe inspiration.

Shop these styles here and make sure to check out the spread in November’s issue of ELLE as well as our ELLE inspired store windows.

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PostBlog loving

How to wear brogues Obviously here at Clarks HQ we’re slightly shoe obsessed (it comes with the territory!) so for us there is really nothing better than seeing how people style-up our footwear. Here are a couple of fashion pros, Nathan Lewis from manmeetsfashionblog.com and Charlotte Lewis from lurchhoundloves.com showing us how to rock a pair of brogues.

Nathan’s wearing Edward Limit – a real fusion of traditional craftsmanship including Goodyear Welting with this season’s pebble effect leather – which he’s teamed with a three piece suit and satchel.

Charlotte shows us how to be a fashion inbetweener by teaming her autumn brogues with bare legs – a look that can be reworked with cigarette pants when it gets chilly. The Griffin Mabel’s combination of dark green suede with baby pink laces adds a dash of femininity to the androgynous silhouette.

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PostClarks and Orla Kiely at London Fashion Week

Orla Kiely When our SS15 collaboration with Orla Kiely was launched at London Fashion Week it went down a storm – and the show itself was something special.

The audience were treated to half fashion show, half art installation – and pure Orla magic. Upon entering there was little more than a white picket fence, some empty flower pots and a sheet of clear Perspex. As the show started the models began striding down the runway and planting beautiful wooden flowers into the empty terracotta pots, whilst LA pop artist Alia Penner began live-painting a garden onto the clear plastic  – flower power blossoming in front of our eyes.

The atmosphere was electric, the clothes were incredible and we even managed to sneak backstage with the Orla team to create some exciting new content for SS15 – but we have to keep that under wraps for now!

For more on the show check out – style.com and stylebubble.co.uk. To shop this season’s Orla collection click here. 

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Post#styledbyclarks

Styled by Clarks Whether you’re looking for some inspiration for London Fashion Week or wanting to rule your local high street, styledbyclarks.com can lend some on-point style advice. These images are pulled straight from the social feeds of you lovely lot – and boy do you know how to rock a pair of Clarks shoes.


Wear it now:

For more style tips check out styledbyclarks.com and hashtag your images – #styledbyclarks to become a fashion inspiration yourself!

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PostStuart Garner: CEO and owner of Norton – the interview

Norton biker boots

As we’ve just launched our first ever collaboration with Norton Motorcycles we thought it would be the perfect time to chat bikes, boots and chicken chasers with the man that brought Norton back to life…

Stuart on Norton…

“My ambition with Norton was always to bring this historic and respected British brand back into production. Now it’s about building on that and re-establishing the brand globally. Our bikes are all built by hand in our factory here in Donington, the home of British motorsport, which makes each bike unique.

My first ever bike was a Honda CV50 ‘chicken chaser’ as it was affectionately known! It was a great bike which I learned to handle well – I even managed to wheelie it through my garden gate with my granny on the back! Times have changed a little since then though; I now ride a Norton NRV588 – on which I broke the land speed record for a rotary engine, reaching 180mph on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Our hand-built bikes are loved by everyone from Richard Hammond to Keanu Reeves and Bruce Springsteen, but whether it’s a chicken chaser or a pristine Norton our mantra is always the same – ride it like you stole it!”

Stuart on the new Clarks/Norton range

“We wanted to work with Clarks because our shared heritage and British craftsmanship is revered around the world. We knew these shared values and history would create a winning partnership.

The boots in this collection were inspired by traditional and authentic motorcycle footwear and manufactured with quality components. We’ve drawn on historic and modern design examples to produce something truly original.  These boots are for anyone that respects traditional design values and tough footwear – my personal favourite is the Norton Rise in black – I never want to take them off!”

Shop the Norton range here.

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PostELLE & CLARKS

In SS14 we fell in love with the looks the ELLE team put together starring our shoes – so much so that we’re doing it all again this season.

This time we took to the streets of East London to make ordinary moments just that little bit extraordinary. The ELLE team paired some of their favourite shoes from our AW14 collection with key pieces for this season. From geo-grid peg trousers to sporty separates, these looks will form the backbone of your new season uniform.

Shop these styles here and make sure to check out the spread in October’s issue of ELLE as well as our ELLE inspired store windows.

 

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PostStreet style – Stratford: London

Men's autumn fashion No longer just a place for teenagers to hang out at the weekends, the shopping mall has become the ultimate stomping ground for leaders of the fashion pack. We weren’t disappointed on a recent visit to shopping paradise Westfield Stratford City.

Go gingham style with a checked shirt, sports utility backpack, chinos and a pair of tan or brown brogues with bright colour pop laces. Rock just the right amount of geek chic by adding a pair of thick-rimmed specs in black or tortoiseshell.

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We adore these wide leg cream culottes. Make the most of the last of the summer sun and team them with an off the shoulder crop top and sandals for a pretty, minimalist outfit.  Give the look a refresh come September by adding a fringed shoe boot or some T-bar flats. Add a boxy black top with an elbow length sleeve to maintain that must-have monochrome.

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PostOrla Kiely – the interview

Orla Kiely interview

From Kate Middleton to Alexa Chung, Orla Kiely is adored by those in-the-know. So before the launch of our second collaboration we took some time to find out a little more about the ‘Queen of Prints’…

 

Hats were the first stepping stone and I always knew there would be more. We grew our collection very quickly to include bags and accessories, which we became known for, and continued to build the brand organically to include clothing and home wear.

At the heart of our brand is always print and colour. We consistently reference and take influence from the 60s and 70s because we love it. They had so much style in the 70s – think Catherine Deneuve. I love the bold graphic patterns inspired by flowers and nature. We don’t follow trends and stay true to ourselves. It’s a style and taste that, luckily, many love.

We have colour and print at the heart of our design ethos which lends itself beautifully from fashion to home and lifestyle. I love that – I have always been inspired by architecture and mid-century design across all my work. My favourite print has to be the multi-stem. It’s the most recognizable and it’s evolved into, I’m told, an iconic print. It’s a very versatile pattern which we modify and develop each season.

When I’m not wearing one of my statement prints I like to wear Marni, Prada, Marc Jacobs and vintage when I’m lucky enough to find it. I keep it simple and tend to have one statement piece which could be either colour or print.

 Orla on her Clarks SS14 collection…

Clarks has been my favourite collaboration to date. I’ve wanted to design shoes for a long time and when the offer came from Clarks it gave me that chance.It was incredibly exciting. It was my first footwear collection and the response we received was amazing. It’s shown me there’s a demand for shoes like this, and I’m looking forward to seeing our AW14 collection go on sale. We designed these shoes for people who share our taste. People who love colour and good design.

The AW14 Orla Kiely collection goes on sale 5/9/14.   

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PostPre-fall fashion

What to wear in August

In mid-summer you won’t want to heavily invest in major in-season updates, but some key AW14 items can help re-spin your late summer look. One such transitional hero is the biker boot. A key trend for AW14 they will help inject some new season nowness into your wardrobe and will still look fresh in fall.

Wear it now:

  • Boxy, boyish – what’s not to love about this summer’s linen shirts, keep the top button fixed and sleeves rolled high
  • Add some petal power with high-waisted  monochrome shorts
  • Accessorise with tortoise-shell round frame sunnies and unisex gold watch
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PostHow to wear a midi skirt

Midi-skirts

The midi skirt has been a sure fire hit this summer. Although traditionally not the easiest length to wear, once you get it right the elegant lengths are super flattering.

The midi usually falls at the mid-calf (hence the name) but some new styles have crept lower so they’re almost reaching the ankle. New York socialite Olivia Palermo was even spotted wearing her looser midi skirt up high as a bandeau dress – creating a wardrobe 2-4-1 (win!).

With real petal power, we think this midi works best with simple block heel sandals and a clean slice of white on top. As summer draws to a close teaming the midi with sandals is the perfect way to transition in style. In early August combine it with a short boxy top to break up your silhouette and then as it starts to get cooler create some casual contrast by wearing it with a cream chunky knit sweater.

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PostMonochrome: Grey days in summer

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

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

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

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PostEverybody’s wearing – LPDs

How to wear a white summer dress This summer the LPD (little pale dress) is everywhere – and with good reason.  With temperatures soaring, this versatile number can become the cornerstone of your summer wardrobe. Looking as good at work with loud heels as it does on the weekend with flat sandals, the LPD channels just the right amount of centre court couture.

From smocks with lace detail to on-trend shirt dresses and everything in between, keep it light and simple and you’ll feel as cool as you look.

Four ways to wear:

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PostGuest blog: lurchhoundloves.com

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We invite one of our favourite fashion bloggers, Charlotte Lewis to take us through a key summer style…

Wearing white denim

This summer, white is everywhere. Featured heavily on the catwalks it’s now ruling the high street and I can’t get enough of it! If you’re brave enough you can go for an all-white ensemble, but as you can see I like to break it up a little. I’ve teamed my black Turin Dreaming sandal boots with a premium black leather cross-body bag, to create a little monochrome and a blue pinstripe (Alexander Wang style) shirt left open to complete the look.

 However you do it – get some white into your wardrobe this summer.

 Charlotte  

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PostLondon collections: Men

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

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

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PostMen’s festival fashion 2014

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

Men’s festival fashion

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

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

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PostFestival fashion: 2014

Ever since models started hanging off the arms of musicians backstage at festivals, (we’re looking at you Miss Moss) we’ve all wanted to look a little more presentable! No longer a place for your rattiest T-shirt and old walking boots, it’s now an excuse to wave goodbye to normality and hello to a generous helping of curated chaos – wardrobe and otherwise.

Festival fashion

Our edit of festival essentials: Denim shorts are a real festival staple; in the sun we’d team them with a pair of our unique PATTERNITY Desert Boots for a laidback ready-for-anything look. If it does rain, cut-offs also work with wellies and an on-trend navy parka – because you still want to look good even in the mud!

An oversized check shirt is a versatile option and looks equally effective buttoned up or open over a clashing print bandeau or vest. Complete your look with a felt fedora, shades and copious amounts of eyeliner – so you can maintain your glamour, even after a few hard nights… just don’t forget the face wipes.

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