The Collabs: January 2020

Jan. 24, 2020: Clarks Originals is once again teaming up with Bergdorf Goodman for a fresh take on the brand’s Desert boot for men. Designed in conjunction with Bergdorf Goodman’s creative director, Bruce Pask, Clarks Originals classic look, has been upgraded with a style created for the store’s New York flagship of the B. shop, which will also include a showcase of a curated group of Pask’s favorite global finds across a range of categories. The boot is available in two colors and retails for $395. It is available on BergdorfGoodman.com.

Jan. 24, 2020: Giuseppe Zanotti is continuing his successful collaboration strategy with Swae Lee. The rapper, who is one half of sibling hip-hop duo Rae Sremmurd, hit it off with with the designer after starring in the label’s “Blabber” sneaker digital campaign last year. Now, the two have reunited on a collection including canvas boots, suede loafers and sneakers, which are detailed in embroidery, glitter, floral motifs and a new “GZ” logo in oversized typeface. The limited-edition collection launches Jan. 31, retailing from $1,550 for boots to $1,695 for loafers and $995 to $1,125 for the low- and high-top Blabber sneakers, respectively. In addition, Swae Lee and Zanotti will celebrate the launch at Saks Fifth Avenue in Miami during Super Bowl weekend.

Giuseppe Zanotti x Swae Lee
Giuseppe for Swae Lee pink boot.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Jan. 22, 2020: Brazilian footwear label Melissa and avant-garde fashion house Viktor & Rolf are back in business. The labels have teamed up again on a sustainable, vegan shoe and accessory collection made of recycled plastic, which debuts during the Viktor & Rolf couture show today. The collaboration includes a new take on Melissa’s woven “Possession” shoe and complementary bucket bag, as well as a “Femme High” silhouette exclusive to the show. Items come in both glossy and matte finishes, in colors including black, white, gold pink and soft blue. The collab ranges in price from $119 to $179; a limited selection is available to shop now at Shopmelissa.com and in select retailers, with more to come in April.

Melissa x Viktor & Rolf
CREDIT: Melissa

Jan. 22, 2020: Twisted X is partnering with Mossy Oak to feature its iconic Original Bottomland camouflage pattern on select Twisted X styles, including driving mocs and boat shoes. The styles feature ecoTWX Tweed uppers made with recycled water bottles, which supports Twisted X’s goal of becoming carbo neutral by the end of the year. According to Mossy Oak, the pattern features a one-of-kind outline-breaking ability that helps hunters blend into dark hardwoods, flooded timber and tree stand environments. The shoes are available online at Twisted X, in addition to retailers including Boot Barn, Sharpe Dry Goods, Bass Pro Shops, and Zappos.

Twisted X
Twisted X and Mossy Oak team up for camo collection.
CREDIT: Twisted X

Jan. 21, 2020: British men’s footwear brand Duke + Dexter is teaming up with former F1 champ Jenson Button and skier Jon Olsson for its first-ever sneaker. Inspired by the spirit of the athletes — who also serve ambassadors for the brand’s “Pursuit of Adventure” campaign celebrating men’s empowerment — the Hiker Low sneaker is detailed in water-resistant suede and  leather padding for comfort. Hiker-inspired eyelets offer quick and sturdy fastening, while a carabiner clip is added for safe and easy storage. Style, however, is just part of the equation. The company is also raising awareness for men’s health by donating 10% of all sales to Orchid, a charity fighting testicular cancer, and Calm, a charity aimed at supporting men’s health. The sneaker, which comes in four colorways and is made in England, is available exclusively at Duke & Dexter stores and online.

Duke & Dexter
Duke & Dexter joined forces with Jenson Button and Jon Olsson.
CREDIT: Courtesy Image

Jan. 21, 2020: The latest brand to reimagine the iconic Reebok Classics Club C silhouette is Très Rasché. According to Reebok, the design inspiration behind the sneaker was inspired by Très Rasché’s “mission to promote individuality and equality.” The look, which comes in all white and all black, is designed with a reflective upper that features a repeating “TR” print throughout. It is available now via Reebok.com in unisex sizing for $100.

Très Rasché Reebok Classics Club C
A look at the Très Rasché x Reebok Classics Club C collab.
CREDIT: Reebok

Jan. 17, 2020: Clarks Originals has partnered with Japanese streetwear label Neighborhood for a capsule collection that includes the footwear brand’s signature Wallabee and Desert Trek styles. The Wallabee is detailed with a black ballistic nylon and suede vamp, Gore-Tex lining, and Neighborhood’s emboss on the collar. The Desert Trek is done in gray suede and feature’s Neighborhood’s print on the upper. Both styles pick up a Vibram outsole. The collection is available from Next Door in Paris and the Clarks Originals flagship in Soho, London. Beginning on Jan. 18, they will be sold at Clarks key retail accounts.

Clarks Originals x Neighborhood.
CREDIT: Clarks

Jan. 16, 2020: Sanuk has tapped longtime fan and music producer Rick Rubin for updates to its classic slip-on Sidewalk Surfer style for men. Together, they have created a remixed version of the look, marketed under the AUM label. “Working with Rick gave me a glimpse into his creative process, as we stripped things back to their necessary parts in order to focus on what should truly be there,” said Sanuk footwear designer Casius Arno. “His attention to detail and pursuit of simple, unique beauty led to the creation of a timeless style that can be enjoyed for years and years to come.” The limited-edition, vegan collection, comes in two colorways and features eco-friendly cotton uppers, recycled PLUSfoam midsoles and faux crepe rubber outsoles. The shoes retail for $70 and are available exclusively on Sanuk.com.

Sanuk’s Amu collection by Rick Rubin.

Jan. 2, 2020: On Jan. 25, Chinese New Year begins, ushering in the Year of the Rat. To go with the theme, Gucci has teamed up with arguably the most famous (albeit not real) rodent on the planet: Disney‘s Mickey Mouse. Gucci’s Chinese New Year capsule includes ready-to-wear, shoes and accessories, with Mickey’s likeness emblazoned across everything from Princetown slippers and slip-on sneakers to iPhone cases and wallets. The collection is accompanied by advertising featuring actress Ni Ni, designer and poet Zoë Bleu and actor Earl Cave. Harmony Korine photographed and directed the campaign. The capsule will roll out in select stores and on Gucci.com beginning on Friday, Jan. 3.

Gucci, chinese new year
A campaign shot for Gucci’s Chinese New Year capsule.

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