I'm switching blog reading genre allegiences for a while. Instead of all the fash-y spots that I normally peruse, I'm instead finding myself engrossed with Decor8, Emmas Design Blog and Tapeten Agentur, aka a place where you can lose two hours looking at wallpaper designs. Choosing fantasy interior options from the Ikea catalogue when I was 16 was fun but choosing light fixtures, kitchen cabinet handles and paint colours for REALZ is about a thousand times better. Tapenten Agentur, as German and efficient as they come, is currently where I've honed in on wallpaper choices for the living room (for one wall only of course – don't want to walk into a migraine) and unsurprisingly they're all looking sort of similar and reminding me of the Kente woven silk fabric that graces these A. Sauvage x Dr Martens shoes.
You won't have heard me talk up A. Sauvage as creative director/founder Adrien Victor Sauvage, a former pro basketball player and lifestyle consultant, primarily offers menswear. You can get the blurb and gist of it all via Style Salvage Steve. A. Sauvage has recently expanded by creating a line of womenswear, which is rooted in the idea of "Menswear for Women". It's his collaboration with Dr. Martens though that will have piqued interest from both sexes, especially when these silk Kente Steed shoes are plentiful in womens sizing online. Sauvage explored his Ghanian roots with a nod to the royal and sacred Kente cloth, crafted by the indigenous Akan people of Ghana. The geometric triangular formations and woven stripes are muted to shades of grey, black and white in this instance and runs as a motif throughout A. Sauvage's A/W 12 collection.
The pattern is transferred across to womenswear which A. Sauvage is beginning to dip into.
A. Sauvage runs a slick operation, everything from art direction, branding to store fit (which stopped me in my tracks when I passed the A. Sauvage store on Maddox Street in London) and he has also called on some interesting collaborators to work with, including the actor Craig Roberts (you might remember him as the charming oddball Oliver in the Richard Ayoade film Submarine). Roberts starred in this engaging short The Student, which introduces the concept of DE – Dress Easy with 1950s-tinged narration. The film focuses on all the shoes (note the way the narrator says "praline patent leather" – he makes it sound delicious), ending with the Kente woven silk Dr Martens shoes. "Has the student found a shoe that speaks for him?", the narrator asks. Why, YES. I do believe he has!