Archive for October, 2012
Last month, Timberland convened a group of creative influencers, led by lifestyle and fashion journalist Marcus Troy, for a unique outdoor journey designed to take them from nature to city and back again. Against the backdrop of Timberland Canada’s headquarters in Toronto, we outfitted our group of ten trendsetters in Timberland gear, including the Earthkeepers City Premium boot and GT Scramble and led them on a 2.8 mile hike through some of the city’s most beautiful settings.
During the day, each participant was tasked with taking pictures and capturing the experience through their own creative lens. The result is a series of phenomenal images and perspectives that live on Marcus Troy’s website.
What does an urban outdoor journey look like through the eyes of influencers like Karla Moy, William Yan, Shane Stirling and Bryan Espiritu? Immerse yourself in the Marcus Troy Experience to find out.
Don’t pack your weekend bag without watching this video, starring SHAPE magazine‘s own TrendShaper Ali Sunshine. Ali shares a few of her favorite ways to wear our Earthkeepers Alpine Tall boot — a wonderful waterproof boot that will keep you looking good and feeling good, whether you’re headed out for a morning hike or ending the day by the fire.
We’ve got Alpine boots in a variety of styles. Shop the collection now.
Cindy Abbott is a wife and a mother with some “normal” hobbies and interests (ballroom dancing, SCUBA diving and cheering on the San Diego Chargers) … and others that are not so normal. In 2010, Cindy summited Mount Everest, and she’s currently in training for the 1150-mile Iditarod sled dog race in Alaska.
More extraordinary? Cindy was diagnosed in 2007 with Wegener’s Granulomatosis – a rare and incurable form of vasculitis that affects the nose, lungs, kidneys, and other organs. She’s functionally blind in her left eye and suffers extreme joint pain, fatigue and circulation issues because of the disease.
Not really the kind of person you’d expect to be summiting Mount Everest or braving the extreme conditions of the Iditarod, is she?
When we first heard about Cindy and her remarkable story, we did what bootmakers do (naturally): We sent her some boots. As she trains to compete in the “Last Great Race on Earth,” her feet will stay warm and dry in a pair of our Earthkeepers Stratton Tall boots.
Cindy’s motivation for taking on these incredible challenges is simply to raise awareness for rare diseases such as her own – and that’s a mission we’re happy to support. In the coming months, we’ll be providing updates on Cindy’s training and preparation for the Iditarod on our women’s site – please check back often to see how she’s doing. In the meantime, you can learn more about Cindy and the journey that has brought her to this point on her website, reachingbeyondtheclouds.com. To offer your support, go to Cindy’s fundraising page.
Eco-conscious, locally sourced and community driven, Grain handbuilds wooden surfboards, skateboards, bodyboards and handboards in southern Maine. We met up with the Grain guys a few months ago to get their thoughts for our Expert Advice section – and in addition to their words of wisdom, we also came away a bunch of great photos of board-building action. Here are a few of our favorite shots that didn’t make it to the website:
We’ve invited some of the most influential stylists, menswear designers and editors to guest-write for us here on the Bootmakers Blog. Below, London menswear designer Kit Neale explains his introduction to fashion, his obsession with Ray Petri and how the infamous 80s stylist influenced – and still influences – his work.
I was about thirteen when I first took notice of fashion. I was forced to relocate with my family from South-East London to a small naval town called Gosport on the south coast of England. Suddenly I felt like some kind alien in this town. It was a culture shock and I desperately sought to try and express myself through clothes.
There is an image I remember stumbling across in one of the few good magazines I had access to; on reflection this was probably i-D Magazine. The picture was of a man wearing a green MA1 flying jacket. He wore pristine Levi’s and Timberland boots, in what I later came to understand was a carefully groomed ‘Buffalo’ look. I tried and probably dramatically failed to emulate his style – I just never had the attitude.
The man in the image was Ray Petri – my ‘fashion hero’. Petri was a notorious stylist in the eighties who pioneered a group of visionaries under the Buffalo collective – I have been obsessed ever since. The images he creates are always prominent references to my work. For me, Ray Petri’s unflinchingly tough style epitomises something far beyond fashion. He captures an identity and soul through the way in which each garment is worn. I persist to achieve this one day through my own work.
I guess for Ray Petri the Timberland boot was essential in completing the classic Buffalo look. It is a style icon in its own right that transcends its own popularity as a design. I will never comprehensively understand how Ray Petri achieved such an enigmatic look as hard I may try.
Every woman should have a classic leather bomber stashed in the closet (right next to her little black dress). The Earthkeepers Quilted Leather Bomber combines rich, rugged leather and feminine tailoring – making it a perfect pairing for just about any outfit. See?
Whether it’s layered over your best dress, worn under a fun faux fur vest or topping a colorful t-shirt, the Quilted Leather Bomber lends classic style that’s as comfortable as it is beautiful.
Graffiti artist, graphic designer, style influencer – that’s EIKNARF. Here he is on site during our Abington Collection Fall 2012 photo shoot, sharing thoughts about collaboration and the creative process:
Want to see more EIKNARF? He’s all over the pages of our Fall 12 Abington Collection catalog, which you’ll find on the Abington website (while you’re there, check out the boots and shoes EIKNARF wore during the photo shoot).