Strap in because we’re about to turn your taste levels up a notch with Dr. Martens x Engineered Garments. The pair have linked up for the fifth time to equip the classic 1461 silhouette with an ‘overly engineered’ asymmetric lace system that stretches down one side of the shoe. The change is courtesy of Daiki Suzuki, a self-styled ‘vintage clothing archiver’ and tastemaker who’s well known for his passion for localised manufacturing traditions and his Nepenthes label.
The collaboration is set to release on Friday 9th September at drmartens.com.au and select partner stores.
Who is Engineered Garments? Well, think of it as ‘army disposal’ on fashion steroids. Prior to launching the brand as its Nepenthes’ US outpost in 1999, Daiki Suzuki would travel across America and the western world, seeking, sourcing and stockpiling vintage pieces from untapped brands and second-hand stores. The story goes that he even began drawing maps for regional clothing specialities: moccasins, New England; suiting, Manhattan; work boots, Northamptonshire. This only added to the legend of the brand.
Suzuki holds a strong appreciation for locally manufactured traditions, an ideology shared with British shoemaker Dr. Martens, whose first pair of boots rolled off the production line on the 1st of April 1960. He first came across a pair of 1461 shoes with a distinct asymmetrical ghillie lacing system, buried deep in a vintage store in the early 90s. He bought them, and kept them, in his legendary clothing archive, connecting instantly with Dr. Martens workwear heritage and timeless design language.
We had a chance to speak with Global Creative Director, Darren McKoy (DMac) on how Dr. Martens selects such authentic partners for its collaborations. “As a brand we don’t follow trends, we are a cultural icon and anything and everything we do is underpinned by the sub-cultures that have adopted us. This is helped by having one of the best creative teams around, who all have their own unique styles and tastes.”
The new Dr. Martens x Engineered Garments collaboration will release on Friday 9th September at drmartens.com.au and select partners.