Talk about the inspiration behind some of the designs in the collab capsule.
I’ve wanted to do port and starboard shoes my whole life. Port and starboard is, of course, an important concept in the sports of rowing and sailing; and given my background and Sperry’s roots, this makes a lot of sense.
The mismatched white CVO sneakers with orange-ish red and green foxing, respectively, and matching alternate laces, are a dream come true for me. My own style is simple but a little tongue-in-cheek. Not necessarily in an avant-garde way, but in a way that has some kind of real meaning, and I think this pair encapsulates that.
The “croquet stripe” fabric is a signature for us, so using it in this collaboration was natural. It’s colorful and unusual, which, to me, makes it perfect for adapting to a traditional boat shoe silhouette and construction. We also used the same color and pattern on soles, lining, and even eyelets of a navy "A/O" Boat Shoe
for a more understated look.
The navy CVO with yellow and navy foxing is inspired by the striped grosgrain trim that adorns many club blazers, as well as rugby shirt stripes and repp tie stripes. I like everything we do to be wearable, to be classic in a way, but unusual. To make you look again. That’s why I love these and the Gordon Modern tartan CVOs we did too. They’re understated, but so unusual, so whimsical.