Model: Edison Chen x Timberland Future73 Timberloop 6-inch boot
Date: March 30
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2023 marks the 50th anniversary of the original Timberland 6-Inch Boot, aka, ‘The Yellow Boot”. The simple yet functional boot has been the canvas for countless collaborations and a staple for rap and streetwear icons for decades since it was first introduced in 1973. To commemorate the boot’s legacy, Timberland is launching the Future73 collaborative – a series of projects with six global future makers. The series kicks off with CLOT’s Edison Chen and his “East Meets West” take on the boot.
The Timberland x Edison Chen Future73 Timberloop 6-Inch Boot has three design details that salute Edison’s Chinese heritage. The tiger stripes are a nod to the king of the jungles in China, while an ancient proverb outlines the upper: “If this exists, that exists; if this ceases to exist, that also ceases to exist,” reads the embossed text. This is a profound teaching that states that no single being can exist independently. The third nod to Edison’s heritage is the colorway of the boot, a monotone ‘grape leaf’ shade of green that references the military uniforms of the region – the perfect color for what Edison terms “urban ninjas”.
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Edison’s 6-Inch Boot is also the first application of the Timberloop circular design approach to the premium 6-Inch Boot. What this means is that the boot is specifically engineered to be easily disassembled when being recycled. This is achieved through special stitching between the upper and midsole. On top of this revised construction, 50% of the boot will be made from regeneratively farmed materials. This is broken down to 70% of the leather upper and 55% of the rubber outsole coming from farms committed to regenerative practices.
The 6-Inch Boot will be released alongside a Timberland x Edison Chen Future73 capsule collection. The same circular design approach applies to the apparel including a Kimono Chore Coat, Quilted Vest, Cargo pants with graphic embroidery, Overshirt with graphic embroidery, Pullover Hoodie and Wrap. Every item is made from 100% mono-fiber regenerative organic cotton that is trimmed for easy disassembly and assembled without the use of any hardware. – Each one also bears hints of the tiger stripe and the ancient proverb featured on the boot.
“Being able to work with Timberland on Future73 has been an exciting adventure,” said Edison Chen, founder and creative director of CLOT. “Trying to figure out ways to create products more intellectually; from a perspective of loving the Earth; that not only speaks to the kids, but also to the kids’ kids.”
In celebration of the launch of the Timberland x Edison Chen Future73 collection, Timberland has partnered CLOT to host a special pop-up at JUICESTORE Central in Hong Kong, which is open to the public from now till April 5.
The Edison Chen x Timberland Future73 Timberloop 6-inch boot and its accompanying apparel capsule drops in Singapore on March 30 and will be exclusively available at the Timberland Jewel Changi Airport store (#02-240). The collection ranges from S$229-419 and will be available at Timberland.com, Timberland stores, select retailers worldwide and JUICE selling doors worldwide.