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Last night we hit one of Rag & Bone's two thousand New York City shops—the one in SoHo—for a party celebrating the launch of the line's latest collaborative effort: A small line of shoes and boots produced with Timberland Boot Company. Why the new capsule collab? We don't have the slightest—Rag & Bone already produces shoes. But who are we the judge?
No-one in their right mind expected the moist and balmy 70 degree weather New York has been experiencing all week—so let's just say the party was more sauna than soirée. But it was still a nice effort: A modish deejay, roving wine re-fillers, assorted beers, a coffee service and several tongue-in-cheek takes on traditional cool-weather nibbles (How does one make New England clam chowder croquettes? It was literally fried soup!) The crowd—smiling through the sweat—was smartly if predictably attired in variously brown and broadcloth blue Rag & Bone and Rag & Bone-like urban woodsman chic.
More importantly—the shoes! Currently two bodies are available for sale and each come in two colorways. One is a fairly traditional round-toed boot, the other a boat shoe/bootie morph with padded ankles. They start around $325; and if we're to take the Timberland-shirted cobbler live assembling shoes to a captive audience by the bar, they're handmade.
Displayed but not yet available: A handful of other shapes and colors, some including suede or canvas. Those will be debuting for spring (some were sample-tagged and straight from the showroom). While all are handsome; none look any different than any other rugged American, workwear-inspired boots at your local slightly better than average department store or menswear boutique.
· Rag & Bone [Official Site]
· Timberland Boot Company [Official Site]