Archive for April, 2013

A Modern Classic: Timberland’s Stormbuck Lite

The classic Buck has been a staple of men’s footwear wardrobes for nearly 100 years, and hasn’t changed much since it was first introduced in the early part of the 20th century. A favorite of Gatsby in the roaring 20’s, and Ivy League Prepsters in the 80’s, today Timberland has redesigned the timeless buck silhouette to be better than ever and we call it the Stormbuck Lite.

The Stormbuck Lite is 50% lighter than our original Stormbuck style! The new EVA outsole not only reduces the weight of the shoe by half, the siped channels help move water away from the bottom of the foot creating better traction. Combining Timberland Anti-Fatigue technology with our lightest Stormbuck ever, the Stormbuck Lite brings a versatile shoe that provides all day comfort. Why do we call it a “Storm”buck? Because our Stormbucks are water-resistant so that unexpected rainstorm won’t dampen anyone’s day.

Important in all Timberland styles, craftsmanship and attention to detail is key. The Stormbuck Lite features premium suede uppers wrapped by a leather welt with iconic white stitching, which has been a long-time symbol of fine craftsmanship for the buck style. This style also incorporates 100% organic cotton laces and 100% recycled PET footbed covers, the stuff that plastic bottles are made of. The Stormbuck Lite is a great representation of how Timberland can take a timeless classic and update it for the modern man’s needs, while creating a more environmentally conscious piece of footwear in the process.

Calling All Designers: Do You Have an Award-Winning Handbag?

If so, take note:  The HBDNetwork cordially invites you to compete in the 7th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards — the only handbag competition of its kind in the world. Submit your handbag and compete for one of nine awards in handbag excellence, international recognition and a variety of fabulous prizes.

As in past years, Timberland is proud to sponsor the Best Green Handbag — awarded to the best handbag made of sustainable, recycled or organic materials and completely recyclable at the end of its life.  As a brand that’s passionate about design and protecting the environment, we’re always excited to see the beautiful green bag submission!

Fiona Kempton's beautiful bag won our "Best Green" award last year.

Other 2013 award categories include Best Student-Made Handbag, Best Handbag in Overall Style and Design and the ever-popular Audience Fan Favorite Handbag.  To see a complete list of award categories, submission requirements and details on what each winner will receive, go to the 2013 IHDA website.  Ready to submit your design?  Enter here!

Looking for inspiration?  Plenty to be found in this video from last year’s IHDA awards in New York City:

Tick tock, designers — the deadline for IHDA submissions is April 27, 2013.