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Clarks Originals is partnering with Levi’s Vintage Clothing to make our 80s / 90s fashion goals a reality. Drawing inspiration from the Manchester, UK music scene in the late 1980s, the collaboration includes three special edition Clarks boots to complete LVC’s Spring / Summer 2021 “Loose Fix” collection.
At the head of the new trio of crepe-soled shoes are the pink suede Wallabees (a Clarks model that recently made a comeback) with mauve nubuck trims and mauve laces. Second, the Desert Boots in light blue suede with lavender laces. The third is a pair of Clarks’ Weavers (something of a hybrid between the Wallabee and the Desert Boot) that have been fitted with two shades of sand yellow on premium suede and nubuck.
“It’s just a really old school approach to making shoes that are timeless, shoes that people will always love,” LVC chief designer Paul O’Neill said in a press release. “These are all traditional Clarks shoes with a contemporary take on color.”
The “Madchester” music scene defined the fashion trends that continue to appear on the streets and catwalks today. Ravers mixed ’80s trends with silhouettes that became’ 90s fashion staples: baggy jeans, oversized parkas, and Clarks Wallabees were part of that uniform. To any observer of modern streetstyle, these pieces probably look familiar.
The shoes are designed in conjunction with Levi’s Vintage Clothing’s Spring / Summer 2021 ‘Loose Fix’ collection – another colorful, modern recreation of what Manchester children were rocking in the late ’80s. “When we created the collection ‘Loose Fix’, we thought it would be great to work with Clarks to make it coincide with it, ”says O’Neill. “They were really important in Manchester in the 80s and all over the UK. I have probably been wearing them myself for 30 years.
Clarks Originals is no stranger to joint effort collections. A long list of previous collaborators includes labels such as Supreme, Aime Leon Dore, and Drake’s OVO brand, as well as films like Marvel’s. Black Panther.
Levi’s, meanwhile, also unveiled a Levi’s Vintage Clothing x Central Station Design collection, which pays homage to Manchester’s 1980s acid house scene, and Central Station Design, the studio behind many of the album covers. albums and posters of the time. “This explosive music was more than just sound,” says the brand; “it was a look, a scene, an energy.”
The collection also includes graphic t-shirts inspired by the British group Happy Mondays, who have often worked with Central Station Design on their sleeve designs. Each piece features some of the original artwork from the band’s album, reused on long-sleeved shirts. All of the items in the collection are produced in extremely limited editions, making them true collectibles for music fans and fashion buffs.
Discover all of the music-inspired offerings at Levi.com.