Timberland is raising the bar yet again, introducing a fresh line in collaboration with the creative genius, Samuel Ross. Celebrating the golden anniversary of its beloved boot, Timberland, with the Future73 initiative, beckons enthusiasts to a captivating journey into the depths of design evolution.
Samuel Ross, the acclaimed founder of A-Cold-Wall*, has infused the Future73 collection with his exceptional touch. Channeling his deep respect for heritage and craftsmanship, he brings a fresh reinterpretation to the iconic Timberland® Boot, the three-eyelet boat shoe, and even some long-loved textile pieces from Timberland’s rich archives. Functionality and ergonomics? Ross ensures they remain at the forefront.
For those familiar with his work, Ross’s mark on A-Cold-Wall* (often referred to as ACW*) revolves around material innovation, volume creativity, raw aesthetics, and unparalleled execution quality. His partnership with Timberland is no exception. Reflecting on his earliest memories of Timberland, Ross recalls, “About twenty years ago, during my childhood travels in the Caribbean, where my lineage is rooted, I witnessed Timberland’s monumental influence on culture. Especially in places like Barbados or Saint-Vincent, the deep respect for heritage and craftsmanship is palpable. Collaborating around the anniversary of the 6-Inch Boot resonated deeply within me.”
In Ross’s expert hands, the 6-Inch Boot adopts a streamlined, minimalist demeanor, draped in a shade of black that accentuates Timberland’s five-decade mastery in boot craftsmanship. But the magic doesn’t stop there. Another classic – the three-eyelet boat shoe – emerges anew, rendered in sturdy navy nylon with the assurance of a weather-resistant GORE-TEX lining and an impressive overlaid sole. And to complement these, both models are elegantly adorned with Timberland’s premium leather.
Ross’s roots, planted in London’s Brixton district and nourished by second-generation Windrush (Caribbean immigration) parents, have played a pivotal role in shaping his design ethos. Having matured in Northampton, England’s historic shoemaking hub, Ross possesses an innate reverence for craftsmanship. This profound respect was further cultivated as he crafted prototypes in Timberland’s cutting-edge innovation lab.
Ross articulates, “The essence isn’t just about fashion statements but more about chiseling out genuinely well-conceived products that seamlessly merge with the body as ultra-functional tools.”
Timberland’s archives also provided Ross with a treasure trove of inspiration for the textile line. Each piece, reinvented by the designer, is a testament to Timberland’s legacy and showcases intricate hand-dyeing techniques. The result? A collection featuring a work jacket, overshirt, quilted vest, cargo pants, “Forged Iron” sweatshirts, and a cozy knitted sweater, splashed with a palette of navy, black, and vibrant orange.
The Timberland® x Samuel Ross Future73 collection’s second drop, a testament to innovation and age-old craftsmanship, is now gracing Timberland® stores, select global retailers, and on Timberland.com.
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