Emerging designers have for the past few years, been slowly burning the midnight oil, to ensure that the thirst for new and interesting designs / product is met. This is of course not an easy task, when production lines are small, and teams employed to meet deadlines are even smaller, but there is light at the end of the tunnel when some of the weight is removed from your often young shoulders, and shoe retailer #OliverSweeney come a knocking on your door, to collaborate on a stellar shoe collection for AW12.
Mister #MatthewMiller is one of the insanely talented types, who emerged from the Royal College of Art with a strong understanding of menswear on his mind, and a passion to create product that excites the wearer and their audience.
With Millers vision being played out to a willing audience, the big wigs of Sweeney approached the young designer with ideas of a joint effort, and the results are simply beautiful. Three styles in 12 different finishes, fusing Matthews clever use of technology in fashion, to apply digital / graphic prints to Oliver Sweeneys high grade leather.
Taking inspiration from a journey that Miller made from London to the glamourous shores of Epping, an idea was born for the shoe collection and the rest as they say, is HIStory…
Using the natural elements that he took in on his journey, wood, stone and metal became the base to practical collection. Boots are lined with shearling, and “blake stitch construction” is used to give the Oliver Sweeney x Matthew Miller collaboration all of the credentials required for a sell out collection.
The journey doesn’t end at the point of purchase, as a wearer you are enveloped even further into Millers mind, as you are encouraged to explore the tale, origins and inspiration behind your new pair of shoes.
Produced on our own British Isles, it is great to see brands investing their time and vision in our emerging designers, and Matthew Miller is a name that YSC want to keep on reading about and shopping for, for many years to come!
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