Central Saint Martins' MA Fashion Students Rework Your Favorite WFH Birkenstock

Alex Wolfe, Alecsander Rothschild, Saskia Lenaerts and Dingyun Zhang reference protective motocross gear, sustainability and more.

Footwear
4,380 Hypes 0 Comments

Birkenstock has captured the essence of the future in its latest collaborative educational initiative, seeing the brand work alongside four of Central Saint Martins‘ finest MA Fashion course students. In a collaboration that truly spotlights the next generation of designers, 2020’s most talked-about footwear brand has tapped Alex WolfeAlecsander RothschildSaskia Lenaerts and Dingyun Zhang to recreate their idea of the Birkenstock sandal we all know and love.

The four were chosen out of a total of 10 finalists, in which a jury led by Birkenstock CEO Oliver Reichert, MA Fashion Course director Fabio Piras, and Sarah Mower MBE, landed on the chosen collaborators with 12 other jury members. Speaking on the collaboration, Reichert said, “Investing in and connecting with future talents is working with free spirits. A priority for forward-thinking brands, especially a democratic brand that embraces all like Birkenstock. The students showed a genuine understanding of design and delivered a convincing end result.”

As a result, Wolfe, Rothschild, Lenaerts and Zhang have produced four respective takes on the Birkenstock. For the South-East London native Wolfe, his Birkenstock explores masculinity and the concept of Britishness with a conceptual take on the sandal, adding notions of the brand’s orthopedic history into the design with a protective shin brace and other motocross-inspired elements.

Rothschild, who is of Mugler alumni, has taken inspiration from the world of sculpting, most notably Constantin Brâncuși who is a Romanian artist who pioneered the modernism movement. The outcome is a Birkenstock that looks more like a gladiator sandal, finished in white with straps and metallic silver fastenings on it to bring an edge of modernity to the pair.

For Lenaerts’ pair, the young designer has put the focus on celebrating the sandals’ iconic latex and cork footbed. This idea is translated into the upper, which is cushioned and is said to “reveal the effortless beauty of the space left behind from a footprint in the sand.”

Lastly, ex-YEEZY designer Zhang has thought about sustainability with comfort, materials, and functionality at the forefront of his design. Served on a black footbed, the pair is contrasted with a padded white strappy ensemble that is beautifully minimal and destined to be a future classic.

Take a look at the Walter Pfeiffer-shot campaign imagery above, and shop the collection at select stores worldwide and on 1774.com today.

In other news, Palace has just unveiled its collaboration with adidas Originals, this time around taking on the Stan Smith.

Read Full Article

What to Read Next

Sole Mates: Alex Wolfe and the Birkenstock Rotterdam Moto Boot
Footwear 

Sole Mates: Alex Wolfe and the Birkenstock Rotterdam Moto Boot

Central Saint Martins’ Wolfe on his vision of the world, unexpected design combinations, and the future of Birkenstock.

PUMA and Central Saint Martins Develop New Sustainable Processes
Fashion

PUMA and Central Saint Martins Develop New Sustainable Processes

Presented by PUMA
Threads of innovation.

Central Saint Martins Students Captured in Intimate Portrait Series
Art

Central Saint Martins Students Captured in Intimate Portrait Series

Photos depicting the next generation of creatives from London’s top fashion and art school.


Central Saint Martins Students Team With PUMA for "Day Zero" Collection
Footwear

Central Saint Martins Students Team With PUMA for "Day Zero" Collection

RS-X³s, Future Riders and Ralph Sampson Lows inspired by the threat of water shortages in the modern-day world.

Katy Perry, Post Malone, J Balvin and More to Collab for 'Pokémon 25: The Album' Compilation
Music

Katy Perry, Post Malone, J Balvin and More to Collab for 'Pokémon 25: The Album' Compilation

As part of the franchise’s 25th anniversary.

Nanushka FW21 Is a Discourse on Fantasy and Reality
Fashion

Nanushka FW21 Is a Discourse on Fantasy and Reality

Meshing craftsmanship and material innovation to bring forward the brand’s vision of responsible luxury.

Ice Cube Claims Warner Bros. Refuses To Make Any More 'Friday' Films
Entertainment

Ice Cube Claims Warner Bros. Refuses To Make Any More 'Friday' Films

Having finished the fourth script in 2019 and pushing for its release since.

Conway The Machine Further Enables Rumors of Collab With Eminem and The Alchemist
Music

Conway The Machine Further Enables Rumors of Collab With Eminem and The Alchemist

Fans are now anticipating the exciting partnership.

HUMAN MADE's New Snow Globe Is Here to Liven up Your Home
Design

HUMAN MADE's New Snow Globe Is Here to Liven up Your Home

Featuring a tiny duck and heart-shaped glitter.


Elhaus' GHOST TEXTILE Capsule Showcases Technical Innovation
Fashion

Elhaus' GHOST TEXTILE Capsule Showcases Technical Innovation

Developing a proprietary waterproof cotton fabric.

Grand Seiko Celebrates Founder Kintaro Hattori With Limited Edition "Tree Rings" Timepiece
Watches

Grand Seiko Celebrates Founder Kintaro Hattori With Limited Edition "Tree Rings" Timepiece

Only 140 made as a nod to the company’s 140th-anniversary.

Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in March 2021
Entertainment

Everything Coming to and Leaving Netflix in March 2021

Led by the Notorious B.I.G. docu and the premiere of the anime series ‘Pacific Rim: The Black.’

Crunchyroll Releases Another Exclusive Godzilla Merch Collection With Toho
Fashion

Crunchyroll Releases Another Exclusive Godzilla Merch Collection With Toho

Celebrating the King of the Monsters.

Neill Blomkamp Announces 'District 9' Sequel Is Now in Development
Entertainment

Neill Blomkamp Announces 'District 9' Sequel Is Now in Development

‘District 10’ is coming.


More ▾
 
Subscribe to our Newsletter

Gain access to exclusive interviews with industry creatives, think pieces, trend forecasts, guides and more.

By subscribing, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

Adblock Detected.

We charge advertisers instead of our readers. If you enjoy our content, please add us to your adblocker's whitelist. We'd really appreciated it.