Friday, 25 February 2011

Bally x Central Saint Martins men's collection Fall Winter 2011


on wednesday, bally of switzerland presented their first ever men's shoes collaboration with london's central saint martins (CSM). staged within one of the beautiful rooms at claridges hotel, we were shown the fruits of labour between bally and CSM student craig green. four styles with two color variations each were produced, featuring materials like felt, suede, canvas and calf leathers combined in rather unique ways.


my favourite pair from this collection is the above grey felt and black calf leather lace ups x buckled shoes. i must admit the styling seems to be way different to the usual bally styles i've seen in stores, but i guess part of the excitement in this collaboration is to see new talents reinterpreting classic bally styles. i thought it was a really nice effort of bally to collaborate with a design school, to contribute to the development and nurture the students in such a tangible way. the shoes aren't just produced as part of a design project. it will also be available for sale in bally's stores around july 2011.

here are a few other styles:

granted it's not everyone's cup of tea, it's a great concept. i really like the idea and wonderful meaning behind it. hope the partnership will continue into spring 2012 too.



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7 comments:

  1. Buckled grey felt is spot on! I must say that I am really impressed with the overall standard. The cork soled quilted Boot is too cool but would get destroyed in London Winter weather one imagines! Ho hum. Well done CSM!

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  2. Reminds me of Birkenstock

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  3. breathless... i want them all.. but i know it won't make it down here.. where all merchandise are just BORING...

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  4. each and every pair of them are unique and amazing!

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  5. those shoes looks refreshing. never saw something like that before especially on men shoes... the straps on the first photo reminds me of Birkenstock, which seems to be the inspiration for Burberry's spring 2011 menswear sandals. i think this collaboration would be a success

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  6. can anyone help me find a piece of that gray felt shoes?? plssssssssss ...

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  7. you can leave your details here and i will get in touch with you....i need to have those shoes.....i know am late...but maybe someone has it who wants to sell or maybe still available in a store you know...plssssss

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