In an interview with Dazed Digital, Comme des Garçons designer Junya Watanabe stated that his collections are “deliberately stateless”. They link the past, present and future in a constant state of flux. With the launch of his autumn/winter 2016 men’s collection, Watanabe collaborates with German shoe manufacturer Heinrich Dinkelacker, a heritage brand founded in 1879. Located in Bietigheim-Bissingen, the town is home to a variety of men’s fashion manufacturers, some of whom have been covered on Scott & Croft, previously.
For this first collaboration, Watanabe chose an existing shape, the Rio Glatt, and to use Heinrich Dinkelacker’s signature nailed sole, offering consumers the choice of brown or black leather. The result is a distinctive, sophisticated, long-lasting product created by skilled craftsmen who utilise up to 300 steps in the construction of a pair of shoes.
Heinrich Dinkelacker can be visited at Facebook.