Richard Chai Teams With Palladium

Richard Chai is putting his own spin on Palladium boots this fall.

The designer has signed on to create a fall ’12 capsule collection for the Westlake, CA-based division of K-Swiss. The collaboration was initiated by Chai while he was looking for shoes to complete the looks for his fall ’12 runway show.

“Palladium was really open to what I wanted to do in a very short amount of time,” Chai told Footwear News. “It was a really seamless process and they were very respectful to how the collaboration worked.”

Palladium VP of marketing Barney Waters said partnering with the designer will bring a fresh look to the brand. “We’ve got someone who’s got such a modern point of view and is so in tune with modern menswear applying his vision to [our] 60-plus-year-old brand,” Waters said. “His influences for fall really fit in well with our military heritage.”

Inspired by pieces in Chai’s upcoming ready-to-wear line, the two-style capsule collection features a makeover of the Pampa Hi and the Pampa Tactical styles. “The soles and shape of the shoes are iconic, so it was all about tweaking the uppers and re-fabricating them in a different way,” the designer said, adding that the shoes will feature custom fabrics such as corduroy and felt.

Chai will provide a glimpse at the collection at his fall ’12 runway show in New York on Thursday. The shoes seen on the runway will serve as the basis for the collection and be updated for an October delivery. Price points for the collection are still to be determined.

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