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There probably isn’t a more iconic shoe brand known global then Doc Marten. But this ever so British piece of footwear has a little more foreign blood running through its veins then you would think. Originally invented by the German Doctor, Klaus Märtens, whilst recovering from a skiing accident. It wasn’t till 1st April 1960 that the first all British DM’s rolled off the production line of the Northamptonshire shoe manufacturer R. Griggs Group Ltd. who bought the patent rights to manufacture the shoes in the United Kingdom. Griggs anglicised the name, slightly re-shaped the heel to make them fit better, added the trademark yellow stitching, and trademarked the soles as AirWair. The rest as they say is history or even,Vorsprung dutch Technik, to be more correct.
Over the decades Doc Martens have been associated how many trends and sub-cultures pretty much since it’s British re-birth in 1960. But more recently the brand has collaborated with such institutions as Liberty(The department store known for its floral print), the new Creative Director at Dior Raf Simons, the Japanese Uber-street brand BAPE and even offering a Bespoke service to the man who has everything via a pop-up store in THE most trendy of stores around the world.
However, the latest collaboration, is in my humble opinion one of the most interesting, it’s with the British/Ghanaian designer Adrien Sauvage, however designer barely covers the spectrum of his talent. Former promising sports star, celebrated life coach, director, photographer, ohhh and of course designer of both Mens and Womenswear.
Since its founding in 2010 Sauvage has forged a name for himself and his designs by making luxury sophistication accessible, which could be argued this accessibility is the cornerstone to what brought these two bodies together.