Posts within ‘Hikers to Handsewns: Products & Design’

Exclusive: the Timberland for Stussy Deluxe NM Field Boot

We’re proud to have partnered once again with our friends at Stussy Deluxe, this time on the Timberland for Stussy Deluxe NM Field Boot:

To mark the release of this military-influenced style, Stussy created a series of (pretty incredible) video shorts with Matthew Williams.  Here’s just a taste:

Timberland for Stussy Deluxe NM Field Boot #1 from Stussy on Vimeo.

Want to see more?  The entire series of shorts can be found on Stussy’s website.  The Timberland for Stussy Deluxe NM Field Boot is available exclusively at Stussy Chapter Stores and on Stussy.com.

Talking Pictures With Tim McGurr

With the evolution of things like iPhones and Instagram, everyone’s a photographer. And that’s okay, says Tim McGurr (AKA 13thWitness), as long as you have fun and capture something good. We like his attitude and we love his style –and we really really love the way he photographed our Fall 2012 Abington Collection.

Check out 13thWitness’s talent in action and view the entire collection of Abington shoes for Fall 2012 at http://abington.timberland.com.

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Rock the Abington Raincoat

Rain, rain, go away — or don’t, actually.  We’ve got the Earthkeepers Waterproof Abington Raincoat, and we’re not afraid to look fabulous in it.  As part of our 1 piece, 3 ways series, here’s a few lovely looks our stylist created with the Abington raincoat as a most essential top layer:

Whether you’re pairing it with the season’s best boots, a feminine floral skirt or bright colors, the Abington’s classic style is a perfect match.  And because it’s been designed to be completely waterproof, you can count on the Abington raincoat to keep you (and your ever-changing outfit) dry in any weather.

The Earthkeepers Waterproof Abington Raincoat comes in gray sky-defying Juniper and Mid Blue colors, too; check them out.

Want more 1 piece, 3 way style?  You can see them all on our women’s website.

Follow Your Passion: Expert Advice from Grain Surfboards

Mike and Brad are the founders of Grain Surfboards – an eco-conscious, locally-sourced and community driven business located in southern Maine near the Atlantic Ocean (all the better for putting their boards to the test).

The guys of Grain

We caught up with them during a few quiet moments when they weren’t focused on waves or work to see what tips they have for other aspiring small and sustainable business owners:

Source local. Not only does it help your community and economy when you buy your materials locally, it cuts down on transportation emissions.  Grain uses cedar from a local mill for their boards.

Local wood makes for great boards

Hire local. Another great way to support your community is by hiring your (qualified) neighbors.  Some of Grain’s employees live so close by, they travel to work by bicycle (talk about a fun commute!).

Grain's employee parking lot

Use everything. Grain gives its wood shavings to farmers, who use it as bedding for animals.  What kind of waste are you throwing in the landfill that could have a useful second life?  (At Timberland, we’ve started using old fishing nets to make material for our jackets – who knew?)

Some lucky animal will be sleeping on these tomorrow

And finally: Follow your passion. Mike and Brad and their team are crazy about 2 things: surfing and treating the world right – and those passions shine through in every decision and surfboard they make.  If you don’t believe in what you’re doing, life’s not nearly as much fun.

To see what other tips Mike and Brad have, visit the Expert Advice section of our men’s website.  To see for yourself the beautiful boards they produce, go to www.grainsurfboards.com.

Behind the Scenes with Abington

This is what happens when you let a group of the most influential artists in New York City loose with nothing but a box of shoes and a camera:

When it came time to create the imagery to present our Fall 2012 Abington Collection, we knew we needed a crew with expertise, style, creativity and passion — and we found it in 13th Witness, Zack McTee, Josh Madden, EIKNARF and Cody B. Ware.

You can see the end result of their collaborative effort in our Abington Fall 2012 catalog.  And for more behind-the-scenes action, stay tuned – we’ve got a series of videos featuring 13th Witness, EIKNARF and Josh Madden that we’ll be rolling out over the next few weeks.

Classic Meets Contemporary: The “Nadège Winter for Timberland” Collection

Parisian style icon Nadège Winter likes nothing more than to mix fashion, design and urban eco-awareness. You can imagine our delight when she approached our Timberland Europe team with her idea for “reinterpreting” our iconic classic yellow boot for women!

We connected Nadège, a freelance artistic director and communication consultant, with our long-time partner TRAID, a UK-based nonprofit that recycles, customizes and sells second-hand clothes to fund overseas development projects.  Together, they set out to create a collection of footwear that was both fashion-forward and environmentally-aware.

After rummaging through the stock in TRAID’s London warehouse in search of fabrics, Nadège opted for statement Liberty, bandana and floral motifs for her designs:

The end result is a series of uniquely beautiful boots that have kept all of their classic charm — honey nubuck skin, golden eyelets and original laces – but with fresh, stylish, light-hearted print detail.

Starting this month, the limited edition (1600 pairs) “Nadège Winter for Timberland” collection will be available exclusively at prominent outlets and Timberland® stores across Europe.

A Sandal for All Seasons (Almost)

I’m not sure I’d strap it on in the middle of January when there’s a foot of snow outside — but any other time of year, the Earthkeepers Montvale Sandal is your go-to girl.  See?

Love: Contrast stitching detail, ankle strap and heel that’s stylish AND comfortable.
Don’t love:When it’s finally time to retire them for the winter.

You can shop for the Montvale (and our other closed-toe beauty the Wingate) on our website now.

Fashion Fresh From the Sea

Maybe it’s a symptom of our Yankee frugality, but at Timberland we LOVE to recycle.  There’s something oddly thrilling about giving old stuff like plastic bottles and discarded tires a second life as recycled materials in our products.

And as we get more excited about recycling, we get a little crazy.  For example: Recycled coffee grounds in our S.Café® yarn (the grounds trap odors and absorb sweat — who knew?).  And when you’re designing a jacket and you need it to be waterproof and durable, why not start by thinking about other materials that are waterproof and durable?  Like, I dunno … fishing nets and ropes, salvaged from the ocean?

Introducing ReNet™ recycled nylon fabric:

Using ReNet™ in our products means less waste in the landfill (or worse – floating around in the ocean) — and wearing a jacket with ReNet™ in it gives YOU a whopper of a good story to tell on your next fishing trip.

Learn more about ReNet™ and the other recycled and renewable materials we use in our products in the Timberland Technology Guide.

The Boys of Summer and Their Favorite Shoes

They’re already pushing Halloween candy in the grocery store, which means we haven’t got much time left to talk about summer shoes (at least not without looking pitifully behind the times).  Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite Timberland men, sharing their picks for Best Footwear of Summer 2012:

For his weekend escapes, Jan from our Belgium sales team loves the Earthkeepers Radler Approach:  “I load up the van and drive to Wallonie, ‘the deep south of Belgium,’ for some hiking, camping and even a little rock climbing—and Radler can do it all.”

Earthkeepers Radler Approach

Italian sales planner Diego favors the Formentor boat shoe – and not just for sailing: “The second you put them on, you feel ready for anything. They’re really lightweight, super comfortable and now they’re my top pick for every day.”

Formentor Ventilated Boat Shoe

Look and feel helped to make the Earthkeepers Hookset Handcrafted chukka a favorite for senior product manager Troy: ” They look great and are easier on the environment. I love the way the organic canvas feels. Plus, they’re really comfortable and flexible.”

Earthkeepers Hookset Handcrafted Fabric Chukka

You can see more of our Timberland team picks on our Men’s website.  To find your own favorite, go to shop.timberland.com.

All About Abington

If you’re looking for a good reason to be thankful for the impending change in seasons, I’ve got one for you:

Abington 6" Work Boot in Olive Suede

Isn’t he handsome?  The Abington 6″ work boot is just one member of the Fall 2012 Abington Collection of products — built with premium materials and inspired by an era in which work was hard, days were long and everything — especially the shoes on your feet — needed to last.

Flip flops have their place (namely, on the beach in July) … but when the temperatures drop, wouldn’t your feet rather be laced up in a pair of these?

Abington Work Oxford

To see more, check out the Fall 2012 product catalog on the Abington website; click on shop Abington to find a pair near you.