LA-based designer Chris Stamp got his fashion start by painting custom Chuck Taylors for a friend while they were studying at Cal Poly University in the mid-2000s. By 2011, he’d translated that California-cool, carefree approach to a full-on fashion and accessories brand for men called Stampd. The label evokes the sun, the surf and the slow pace of the West Coast into what the designer calls “high streetwear.”
That approach — and Stampd’s special-edition surfboards — have made fans out of everyone from Justin Bieber and Pete Davidson to local wave chasers around Venice Beach (not to mention the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund, for which Stamp was a finalist in 2016). Highlights for fall 2018 include slouchy velvet track pants with tear-away sides, tees with relaxed skater lengths, urban-affected footwear and varsity-style bombers in contrasting black and white.
But the designer looked beyond sunny SoCal to the scenic climes of Aspen, Colo. — where he spent his early childhood hiking in the wintery woods and learning to snowboard — for his latest collab with Timberland.
“Each season I’d always have on a clean pair of Timberlands,” he tells Alexa. Decades later, while visiting the slopes of Mammoth and Tahoe, the same would remain true. This lifelong love of the snowy outdoors and need to protect his feet made Stamp (who says his personal hobbies always blend into his work) eager to collaborate with the shoemaker.
The result: the new Stampd “Gaiter” water-resistant boots, lined with faux-leopard fur and furnished with matte-black metal hardware. Arriving in two limited-edition drops (one last Friday and the other this Friday), only 150 pairs of the new boots will be available for purchase, each for $200.
“This is a special project to me so I wanted to keep the release really tight,” explains Stamp, who has previously partnered with everyone from Ikea to shoemakers Bape and Puma. An additional 200 pairs of the Stampd x Timberland boot will be donated to the Los Angeles Fire Department, in the wake of recent disastrous fires in the designer’s home state.
“The tragedies gripping our community have been heartbreaking, but the stories of heroism and beneficence are even more powerful, he says. “It just so happens our collaboration launches at a time when those heroes need community support more than ever, and we have to do anything we can to help.”
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