To the naked eye, the tweed that punctuates our Fall ’14 line looks like your traditional, menswear inspired textile. Well, it just so happens that there’s a backstory. Literally. This fall we took a page from best-loved books. We created a collection inspired by the characters, settings and eras that captured our hearts. Betwixt the pages of these great adventures we pulled inspiration for textiles, prints, hues, and embellishments.
Channeling a collegiate prep school vibe, this season’s Woolrich tweed was inspired by The Catcher in the Rye, which takes place in NYC in the 1940s. The novel is rife with old-world articles and traditional textiles like wool, tweed and twill. Classic East Coast prep school colors combine with rich, burnished leather for a look that’s classic, yet modern. Point in fact? Our rich, full-grain leather used in the Brompton Tweed boot was directly inspired by the main character’s well-worn leather book bag. We told you there was a backstory.
A few weeks back, we asked the guys behind Whiskey Grade to give our Made in America Collection a test run. They suggested a road trip from New Hampshire to Wisconsin. On motorcycles. Let’s be real, is there any other way to test-drive a pair of boot than with an actual test drive? We think not.
We hooked up the team with a pair of our Jonesboro boots. They just so happen made in America with 100% materials sourced right here, at home, in the US of A. And of course, we couldn’t let them hit the open road without a trusty old standby of ours, the ever-popular Noxon boot.
After a couple thousand miles, the team sent us back some snaps from their journey. If only these boots could talk.
As the flurry of various fashion weeks comes to a close, we took a minute to reflect. From New York, to London, to Milan and Paris, here’s a snapshot of our favorite fashion week moments over the past few weeks.
In New York, we hosted the Sanctuary – a cozy haven for fashion’s elite to relax and recharge from the chaos of Lincoln Center.
Helena Glazer of Brooklyn Blonde kicked off the week, taking over our Instagram and giving us a peek into how she stays comfy during #NYFW. She also shared how to pair some of our favorite moccasins with the perfect weekend ensemble.
To cap off the weekend, Arielle Nachmani of Something Navy hosted a luncheon in the lounge to catch up with friends and stay in the know with a live feed of the shows from the tents.
Until next time fashion week, we’re ready to kick back in our slippers and get some quality R&R.
For Fall ’14 inspiration we looked to our most beloved books, and the muses kindly smiled on us. Just take a look at the Charlotte bootie. A meditation on Jane Austen’s classic Pride and Prejudice transported us to the nineteenth-century English countryside and resulted in an ankle boot with equal parts sense and style. Inspired by the ornate equestrian gear of the period, the Charlotte ankle bootie features burnished leather and whipstitch detailing along with a hand-finished heel and antiqued metal pull. And in case there’s any doubt of this boot’s literary influences, we included a feather quill printed on the sole to reveal some true character. Start a love story when you step into these chic ankle boots and take pride in a new classic.
No hour of the day is more universally loved more than Happy Hour. The mere mention of it conjures notions of half-priced appetizers and fancy drinks with mini umbrellas. But if you take a deeper dive into what Happy Hour really is, you’ll find more often than not it’s a time-out from the stress of work, and it usually involves a social gathering of some sort accompanied by playful banter amongst friends. If you think about it, Happy Hour can pretty much take place anywhere, anytime of day, as long as you’re sharing it with the right folks.
Langley Fox Hemingway, great-granddaughter of Ernest Hemingway has her own take on Happy Hour. For Langley, the happiest hour of the day may be catching up at her favorite diner, checking out a new art exhibit or simply taking a stroll on a rainy day. With Musician Z Berg and Amelia Rynkowska by her side, a little rain can’t dampen the fun for these free spirits. They know Happy Hour lives in moments when we can truly be ourselves.