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DR. MARTENS X RICK OWENS DR. MARTENS TEAMS UP WITH BRUTALIST-GRUNGE ICON RICK OWENS FOR AN EXPLOSIVE TWO-PART COLLABORATION

6 May 2021

Dr. Martens are partnering up with the sartorially radical Rick Owens. Known for his post-apocalyptic reimagination of brutalist fashion, his designs defy convention and challenge physics. And now, after more than 60 years of Dr. Martens and almost 30 years of Rick Owens, we’re finally uniting for one of our boldest collaborations to date. And it’s long overdue.

Launching as a two-part collaboration in March and May, the collection is an exploration of Rick Owens’ dark, underground aesthetic applied to a classic DM’s silhouette. Subverting our 1460 Bex platform sole boot, which rose to notoriety in the 90s, our March drop is bound with the designer’s signature dramatic lacing system and loud with both brand’s philosophy for championing the alternative.

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Renowned for eccentric, architectural garments, Owens’ sharp ascent to fame in the early 90s coincided with DM’s own grunge renaissance. An era when fashion was flannel, florals and non-conformity, both our brands’ wearers and die-hard following overlapped more often than they didn’t.

And our latest collaboration is no exception. Owens’ enthusiasm for dark-glam drapery and polished brutalism sees our 1460 Bex boot wrapped with Rick Owen’s trademark lacing system. Coming in a Black Smooth leather and complete with an additional pair of black laces, dual-branded sock liner and taupe heel loop. Sitting on a double- height Bex sole, the boot is finished with Taupe and Yellow double welt stitching on the Black 1460 Bex DS.

Available from 20.03.21 at drmartens.com/collaborations/rick-owens and select partners.

ABOUT DR. MARTENS

The first pair of Dr. Martens boots rolled off the production line on the 1st April 1960. With its trademark yellow stitch, grooved sole and heel-loop, it was a boot for workers, initially worn by postmen and policemen; comfortable, durable and lightweight in comparison to its competitors at the time. Throughout Dr. Martens history, the brand has been adopted and subverted by diverse individuals, musicians, youth cultures and tribes. These are the people who stand out from the crowd and their journey of self-expression has always been accompanied by a pair of DM’s.

The simple silhouette allows people to customise each pair; whilst on a utilitarian level their famous durability and comfort make them ideal footwear for the world of gigs and street fashion. On an emotional level, they are a flag of attitude and empowerment.

The Northamptonshire factory where it all began still exists to this day, in the village of Wollaston. A specific range of ‘Made In England’ products are manufactured here by a small, close-knit team of people schooled in traditional shoe-making and a process that hasn’t changed since our first pair six decades ago.

ABOUT RICK OWENS

Rick Owens launched his eponymous line in Los Angeles in 1994 before moving to Paris in 2003, where his runway collections have been mounted since. Diffusion collections that complement the original label for women and men include RICKOWENSSLILIES and DRKSHDW. In July of 2005 he introduced a furniture collection, which has since been shown at the Musée d’Art Moderne and Le Centre Pompidou in Paris, and The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Owens has authored 6 books — Lai-Je Bien Descendu? (2007), Rick Owens (2011), Rick Owens Furniture