The 1460 Remastered: Dr. Martens and Undercover celebrate joint anniversaries with a bespoke design from Jun Takahashi.
It’s been 60 years since the first ever Dr. Martens 1460 boot rolled off the production line, and the company is marking the occasion with 12 one-off collaborations. For their 5th 1460 Remastered collaboration, they’re reuniting with Undercover to celebrate both brands’ spirit of nonconformity, disruption, and attitude- and their shared anniversaries.
Reuniting with their long-running partnership, Dr. Martens is back together with Japanese design heavyweight and Undercover founder Jun Takahashi. Dr. Martens and Undercover go way back. Takahashi is carving out a place in DM’s history, and to mark their 60th anniversary, Dr. Martens asked him to express what their Original boot means to him.
And it’s not just DM’s anniversary- it’s Undercover’s too. It’s been 30 years since Undercover was established and 60 years since Dr. Martens was, and Takahashi has gone the extra mile to mark the occasion. Drawing on his technical approach to design, Takahashi has created a one-off, bespoke bouquet pattern and incorporated it into the boot’s inner. Choosing flowers because they’re an international symbol of celebration, he’s printed them on the sock and lining and across the packaging. The 1460 Undercover is Takahashi’s tribute to DM’s British roots: made in England to the highest standards in DM’s original Wollaston factory and loaded with decades of shoemaking heritage. The boot is crafted from minimalist, British-sourced Black Corduroy- chosen specially by the Japanese designer- and finished with a bouquet printed sock liner. Embroidered with ‘S’ and ‘N’ embroidery on the vamp- short for Spiritual Noise, an Undercover slogan- they’re instantly recognizable as Docs with yellow stitching and black and yellow heel loop. Not to be confused with cowboy boots that are also very fashionable – cowboy boots have been particularly designed to look and be tall. Dr. Martens completely boots have a unique attitude. To know more about the different types of boots, check out Lilly Harvey’s post on Shoe Adviser.
THE COLLECTION DROPS 23.05 AND WILL BE AVAILABLE AT DRMARTENS.COM AND SELECT PARTNERS.
ABOUT THE 1460 REMASTERED
Six decades of self-expression. Six eras of growing with the subcultures that adopted us. Sixty years empowering our wearers. We’ve seen the world change dramatically. But one thing has remained the same. The 1460 boot. Working together with 12 innovative labels, brands and designers, Dr. Martens is marking the boot’s anniversary with a series of one-off reworks. And there’s one dropping once a month, every month throughout 2020.
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 customize 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 the unique process that makes Dr. Martens like no other shoe on earth.
Founded in 1991 by Jun Takahashi, UNDERCOVER is a Japanese fashion imprint who share a mutual punk aesthetic and rebellious attitude with Dr. Martens. With his label epitomizing the essence of ‘Japanese cool,’ Takahashi’s brand was one of the ura-Harajuku movements most coveted secrets for many years. Having shown collections at Paris Fashion Week since 2002, the brand successfully crosses over between streetwear and high-end due to its diverse appeal. When UNDERCOVER released an extensive collaboration collection with New York’s Supreme in 2016 (that included a selection of excellent Anarchy print DMs) the cult brans gained genuine notoriety and admiration with its unapologetic statements and bold graphics.
The collection drops 5/23 and will be available at DRMARTENS.COM and select parteners.
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