Spring / Summer 2010
Above adventures of the night, come adventures of the night in tropical climates in Mr. Hare’s world. The ‘Hot Steppers’ are a collection of shoes I would like to have at my disposal when preparing for el baile en la luz de la Luna. Pulling fine shoes from a Keepall is a little pleasure that ranks next to favourite smells, tastes and tunes.
The major emphasis is on the materials. After the decadence of AW09s ‘Purest Form’ Collection, I wanted to create something with just as much presence, but much greater depth of character. The heart of this collection is made of Vachetta. Vachetta is a vegetable tanned leather which means it isn’t produced in such an environmentally damaging way and the leather retains much more of it’s natural characteristics.
Vachetta is the natural leather you find on a Louis Vuitton bag.
You are about to enter a two-way relationship if you purchase a Vachetta ‘Hot Stepper’. You must polish them regularly with natural bees wax polish and in return they will age and grow with you. They will form a Patina where the colouring will become distinct and unique. The more love you give them; the more reason they will
give you to love them back.
I have dedicated this collection to a selection of Dancehall generals who through their sheer brilliance have given us reason to tear up dance floors across all continents. Above the thrill of music that moves your physical and emotional state, there is only love in my humble opinion. Stand up Johnny Pacheco, Victor Boa, Fela Kuti, Phil Spector, Raphael Cortijo, Sir Coxsone, King Tubby, Cachao, Ray Barretto, Sir Jablonsky and all the others.
The dancehall is also where youth honed its style, physical expression, and moves. So I had to revisit the teenage footwear that gave those dancehall movements their start. The saddle shoe and then the brothel creeper were amongst the first shoes of youth when teenagers first came into their own after World War II. You will find them re-imagined here. After the success of last season, I am very excited about ‘Hot Steppers’ and my further adventures into the realms and possibilities of male pedal elegance and this ongoing shoe conversation.