Posts Tagged ‘style’

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.

No Naff: Max Pearmain on Timberland

We’ve invited some of the most influential stylists, menswear designers and editors to share their thoughts about our brand here on the Bootmakers Blog.  Below, editor / stylist Max Pearmain tells us why he’s a fan.

I’m a big fan of Timberland because the brand has a core product that has a genuine street-led respect and foundation. The original designs are inspiring and actually quite aspirational in an alternative un-orthadox sense; i.e. they have a luxury streetwear element to them without feeling naff or too elitist.

Max Pearmain is the Menswear Editor of POP and is the Editor and Creative Director of Arena Homme +. He has worked with London designers including Martine Rose and Christopher Raeburn, and is a well-respected menswear stylist in his own right.

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Lovely Layers

It’s a coat, it’s a sweater, it’s as cozy as that snuggie we bought a few years ago as a gag and really don’t wear.  Really.

Introducing the Chunky Long Cardigan — featuring super soft merino wool and a super stylish cable knit pattern.  In a classic charcoal color that compliments everything from colorful tights to animal prints, the cardigan is a great choice for those days when you want winter warmth without heavy jacket bulk.  See?

For more ideas on how to style the season’s best boots and jackets, check out our entire 1 piece, 3 ways gallery.

Classic Boot, Feminine Style: The ‘Nadège Winter x Timberland’ Collection

“Fresh and girly” are probably not be the first words that come to mind when you think of Timberland’s classic 6-inch boot, but Parisian style icon Nadège Winter might just change that.  She’s been working in collaboration with our Timberland team in Europe and UK-based charity TRAID to design a cute, contemporary version that combines classic boot heritage with colorful, feminine style.

The limited edition ‘Nadège Winter x Timberland’ collection is available in selected stores across the UK, France, Italy and Benelux.

Don’t Hate the Player, Love His Style

It’s the Diamonds against the Camos in an extreme (and extremely stylish) game of capture the flag, featuring the Men’s Fall / Winter 2012 collections for Opening Ceremony and OC & Timberland.  If only all outdoor sports were this much fun to watch:

ON YR MRK from Opening Ceremony on Vimeo.

Thanks and congrats to our friends at Opening Ceremony for producing this fine short film.  To find your own game-day uniform, check out Opening Ceremony’s website and the OC & Timberland collection.

Mark McNairy x Timberland = Classic Style, Redefined

When asked about style, fashion designer Mark McNairy says, “Either you got it or you don’t.”  It doesn’t get much more simple than that.

Whether you’re a style “have” or “have-not,” there’s something for you in the new McNairy x Timberland Collection, featuring 2 interpretations of our classic 6-inch boot and a camouflage field boot.  (If you’re not naturally stylish, take our word for it – you want these in your closet.)

Here’s McNairy himself to share his thoughts about the collaboration, his personal style, and how the two come together in this Timberland collection:

Beauty in the Eye of the Bootholder: David Hellqvist

We’ve invited some of the most influential stylists, menswear designers and editors to guest-write for us here on the Bootmakers Blog. Here’s David Hellqvist, Online Editor at PORT Magazine sharing his thoughts about the history and inspiration that came with his pair of Timberland Abington Work Boots.

Inspiration is in the eye of the beholder. It’s not exactly how the old saying goes, but it is equally true. Especially in all creative fields and when there’s a journalist (me) involved, interpreting and translating what we see, trying to reference pieces and themes, putting them in a context that I and others will understand. Hopefully.

That’s what happened when I first got my Timberland Abington 6″ Work Boots. In my eyes, the olive suede boots – 6013R if you want the proper colour code – were inspired by US army boots. It was something about how the suede mixed with the British Millerain canvas on the ankles that made me think of the USMC boots, worn by Marines all over the world. Clearly, the Abington appeared to a be a rarified version; the luxe Charles F. Stead suede, the white Vibram soles and subtle piping details made it obvious that this was a boot made for Hackney, not Hanoi.

Initially it was this connection that attracted me to the boots; all quality sportswear have elements of military utility details incorporated at one point. Why? The level of functionality and craftsmanship involved in producing military RAT gear (Rugged All Terrain) is superior. Take away all of the nasty and depressing downsides that comes with the military per definition, and you are left with one of the best sources of sartorial inspiration ever.

But. Having done a bit of research into the Abington 6″ Work Boot I soon realised that its humble beginnings was not a desert battlefield, but a mill in New England. The boot was modeled on the kind of protection gear workers “wore during their long, demanding shifts.” And that was it, my dream of wearing US Marine Crops boots shattered. But then it hit me; after army-influenced equipment, what’s the next best thing? What other category of professionals need and use hardened boots and state of the art protection gear? Workers, the people who gave us workwear!

The history and heritage of these workers go way back; mill towns and factory villages began developing in the Northeastern corner of the US from early to mid 19th century. Centered around New England, the factories manufactured steel products like saws, ploughs, cutlery, axes and guns, but textiles were also a big part of the production line.

It was the men who worked these factories who inspired my boots. And their need of footwear and clothing that kept them safe and dry is as an important source of inspiration today as any army gear, and rightfully so. There’s something noble about going back in time, looking at what honest blue collar artisans wore, and how that can be translated into a 21st century wardrobe. Having read about the factories, I’m fine with wearing New England mill-inspired boots. I can always pick up a pair of Delta Force boots next time around.

2 Outdoor-Ready Styles from SHAPE’s Ali Sunshine

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.

Kit Neale Talks Attitude, Style and Ray Petri

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.

Kit Neale's fashion hero Ray Petri. Photo from the book Buffalo: Ray Petri, published by PowerHouse books.

1 Piece, 3 Ways: Layer on the Leather

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.

You don’t need a million-dollar budget to look like a million bucks; for more suggestions on how to wear 1 piece 3 ways, visit our women’s site.