In a groundbreaking move, KENZO has teamed up with Hunter, the British brand renowned for its deep-rooted heritage and contemporary appeal. The partnership is a vibrant manifestation of the “East meets West” philosophy that is seamlessly woven into the fabric of KENZO’s Autumn/Winter 2023 collection, while paying homage to the Ivy League spirit that runs through the collection’s veins.
With its capsule collection, KENZO x Hunter invites us on a sartorial journey back to the 1960s. Think duck hunting boots, but elevated. The range includes both high and mid-high silhouettes, masterfully crafted from a medley of rubber, suede and leather. Hunter‘s signature color palette of understated khaki and sleek black is brought to life with “KENZO Red” and the iconic Boke flowers, adding a graphic dimension to the collection.
Men, prepare for a utilitarian dream in the form of a lace-up boot bathed in sumptuous khaki leather. The recycled nylon upper features traditional zig-zag lacing for an eye-catching finish. The red sole adds a dash of boldness, contrasting brilliantly with the black foxing. Made with FSC-certified rubber sourced from responsibly managed forests, these boots are as eco-conscious as they are stylish. Boke flowers gracefully adorn the bottom of the sole, while the Hunter logo sits proudly on the tongue and “KENZO PARIS” makes a statement on the back of the shoe.
But the collection doesn’t stop there. For men and women who dare to stand out, a utilitarian bootie makes its grand entrance. This design combines the construction of the aforementioned styles with an upper elegantly crafted from felt, leather and recycled polyester. A gaiter completes the look, available in a chic combination of khaki and red, as well as a sleek all-black version.
And then there’s the pièce de résistance: the original 1956 unisex rubber boot, reimagined. Adorned with the Boke flower, the KENZO x Hunter Wellington boot is a testament to durability and style, crafted from durable natural vulcanized rubber and finished with a matte sheen. Inside, playful Hana dots dance along the recycled polyester lining. The Hunter logo is emblazoned across the top of the boot, available in black and khaki for men and women.
Available at KENZO stores, the official KENZO website and hunterboots.com, this collaboration is a celebration of timeless style, sustainability and the magic that happens when East meets West.
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