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Zouk X Doc Martens Reflect

It was a night of creative flare at the Dr. Martens X Zouk collaboration as the top 20 hand picked designers showcased their designs of the Dr.Martens iconic 1461 3-Eye shoe. Two pairs in particular caught our eyes and we tracked down the artistic talents behind the masterpieces to find out what were the thoughts that went through them while creating their unique pieces.

Sofie Chandra from the Zouk team for Zouk X Doc Martens

“Bling” would be the term to describe the pair designed by the culture-kids of Zouk. With reflective mirror plates lining the shoe, you’d be having the disco-ball at your feet with this pair, which makes it the perfect pair of dancing shoes to boogie the night away at none-other than Zouk. Popular sweetheart Sofie C., one-third of the Zouk trio, shares her take on the design.

1. In your own words, describe the concept behind your design.

Close to our heart, the disco era and the beginnings of house music. Each mirror piece put together to represent each clubber that walks through our doors and experiences what Zouk is about. Closely tieing back with our motto: One World, One Music, One Tribe, One Dance.

2. Why the collaboration with Dr, Martens?

As part of our 20th Anniversary this year, we came up with the concept to work on 20 x unique one off collaborations, as a celebration of the Zouk brand. This tie up with Dr. Martens is very close to our heart, and also involving individuals that have had an impact on us and have been part of the Zouk family.

3. If you have to sum up your design in 3 words, what would it be?

Music, Forward, Splendid!

4. Who are your biggest influencers/muses?

Artists: Antoni Gaudi, Andy Warhol, Keith Haring
DJs like Luciano, Sven Vath, Carl Cox, Laurent Garnier as well as Ibiza and Pacha (club)

5. Who is one person you would like to collaborate with?

Antoni Gaudi if he was still alive. The interior of Zouk was designed and conceptualised by our owner and founder, Lincoln Cheng with strong influences by Gaudi. It would truly have been an honour to collaborate with him.

6. If you were a song, what would it be?
Gui Boratto: Beautiful Life

7. What catches your attention the most when you are out and about your daily life?
People.

8. What is one interesting thing you learned in this collaboration process?
The need to inspire.


Weichoong for Zouk x Doc Martens

Weichoong’s design was one of my personal favourite, particularly because instead of adding to the shoe, he actually removed bits of it and restructured it to look like something new. The simple, yet edgy looking pair displayed the designer’s meticulous effort and conscientious craftsmanship in creating an entirely new ‘behind’ for the shoes.

A fashion designer and a stylist, Weichoong’s  life is about creating images and telling stories. His love for DIY and creating things is how Weichoong translates his dreams and nostalgia through his craft.

1. Is this your first collaboration with a design/fashion label? if not, what were the previous works you have done?

Yeah this is the first time I’ve done a collaborative project with another brand. However, I’ve had a long working relationship with Dr. Martens. They have been a great supporter of mine since i started my label antebellum in 2007.

2. In your own words, describe the concept behind your design.
My main idea was to subvert the shoe. It is such a classic, iconic shape so to turn that whole notion around by doing cutouts and a corset detail usually associated with women’s clothing. It was important to retain the integrity of the shoe as well I didn’t want to make it totally unrecognizable. Hence my intention was to only concentrate the detail on the back of the shoe and for everything to be done in a matte black finish.
3. If you have to sum up your design in 3 words, what would it be?
Sensual, industrial and dark
4. What influences your style and design in your day-to-day work?
Well, my personal style is informed by comfort, I don’t like to think about what to wear. For my designs practically is key as well, but then again I am a fashion designer and I want to push the idea of what can be considered the mode. Fashion is fluctuation, I have a set of beliefs that shape the whole look or concept but it is something that evolves.
5. Who are your biggest influencers/muses?
Muiccia prada, Yohji yamamoto and raf simons.
6. Describe yourself in one sentence.
I like to observe, and I like to dream.
7. If you were a song, what would it be?
Bibo no aozora by Ryuchi Sakamoto.
8. What is one interesting thing you learned in this collaboration process?
How hard it is to cut through a pair of Dr. Martens. Those shoes are solid.

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