There's nothing we love more in fashion news than a collaboration between two top brands or designers. As the industry continues to evolve, more designers are opting to join forces, rather than riding the wave solo; and thus far, the end results have been nothing short of stellar. One designer of note who is commanding the collaboration space is the revered Rick Owens. From enviable boot collections designed in partnership with Dr. Martins, (just in time for winter, might we add), to releasing the second instalment of the Rick Owens x Champion range. Now, the designer is closing out the month with a familiar partnership and one we have ours set firmly on. Introducing the latest collection from Rick Owens and sustainable sneaker brand, Veja.
For spring summer 21, Rick Owens and Veja have chosen to make practicality and functionality a priority in this collection. With a focus on two varying styles, the Rick Owens x Veja collection redefines the classic Runner Style; and reintroduces the vegan Hiking Style for those among us who are searching for more adventure.
Now in its fourth rendition, the Runner Style is available to shop in four colours – Pop Pink, Full Black, Honey, and Oyster. Speaking to the ethos of sustainability that is so intrinsic to the Veja brand, the shoe's midsole is made of 57% sugar cane and 5% banana oil combined with 30% Amazonian rubber and 31% rice waste for the out-sole. The upper V-Knit that is synonymous with the brand is also made from 100% recycled polyester; derived from plastic bottles.
In this collection, Rick Owens and Veja have created the Hiking Style as a chunkier alternative. Design notes from both brands; such as the Rick Owens double tag and the VEJA logo, are found on the back of the shoe. Although the shoe might look and wear like leather, it has actually been created using C.W.L; which combines a 100% organic cotton canvas, coated with P.U., corn starch, and ricinus oil. This vegan fabric is also 54% bio-based and the midsole is made of 40% sugar cane.
The collaboration marks the fourth time the creative duo have worked together, with their last release debuting in October of last year. The new collection is available now to shop online at the Veja website. Run, don't walk.