Posts Tagged ‘Timberland boots’

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.

10-Sec Tech: Ride the Wave of Uneven Terrain

The great outdoors doesn’t come equipped with level surfaces or handrails — and sometimes, navigating a tough trail (or even a seemingly innocuous path) can cause even the most agile among us to slip, trip and fall.  To save face and stay on her feet, what’s an outdoor-loving woman to do?

That’s the very question that inspired our latest 10-Sec Tech:

Trail Wave Technology may not be as fun as pillow feet or as confidence-boosting as having your own wave of fans, but if you’re looking for comfort and stability in a woman’s shoe that lets you rule the trail (as opposed to the trail ruling you), look no further.

Check out the Trail Wave Collection for women on our website.  And to learn more about Trail Wave Technology and the other ingenious ways we’re working to make our products grippier, sticker and just plain better, flip through the Timberland Technology Guide.

Making a Difference with the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation

It’s hard not to smile when a young girl tells you she wants to wear her new Timberland yellow boots right away—rather than putting them back in the box, and despite the fact that she’s wearing tights and a party dress.  And it’s really hard not to smile when a boy can’t contain himself and yells out, fists midair, “Timberland!” as a volunteer hands him a pair in just his size.

For the second year in a row, Timberland volunteers had the chance to participate in the Mark Wahlberg Youth Foundation’s Christmas Party event.  Our volunteer crew fit over 200 kids with new yellow boots that will keep their feet warm and dry through the harsh New England winter.

Timberland boots waiting for good homes

During this hectic time of year, it’s easy to forget how much a simple gift can mean to someone, but watching the excitement and gratitude from these kids, the true meaning of the season was fully brought to life.  We were thanked by Foundation members and kids alike throughout the “shoe fit,” but I know I speak for my fellow volunteers when I say that we were the grateful ones.  Being able to give back to the community in such a rewarding way made us all proud to be a part of Timberland.

The Timberland volunteer team