My latest collaboration was with Maine, USA footwear natives Yuketen. I’ve admired the quality of this brand for awhile now and was excited when given the chance to work hand in hand with their factories. I chose a Snake Penny Loafer to transition into the Fall season with the help of Yuketen’s skilled artisans. Each shoe is handmade in Maine and features genuine handsewn moccasin construction with their experienced leather workers. The leather Snake print on the upper is sourced straight from Italy for high quality lasting ability, and the shoe has been fully lined with full-grain bovine leather. Finally to wrap it up, the branded insoles include vegetable tanned leather while below sees goodyear stitching between the slip-resistance all natural crepe outsole and midsole. This exclusive Ronnie Fieg x Yuketen Snake Penny Loafer is only available Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com starting today for $400 USD in numbered quantities.
White Label 2.0 brings together an upgraded lineup of Kith products from head to toe. First up in the collection is the bold tailor fitted Arena Stitch-down Oxford ($145 USD), offered in Red, Black or White featuring bold “KITHSET” and “82″ branding. Each oxford is designed with shirting weight twill, satin lettering/numbering, and a button closure down the front and on the wrists. The Lightning Bolt tee ($45 USD) arrives in Grey, Black or White. Made with 100% cotton, the tee includes contrast lightning bolts on the sides, a Kith box logo on the rear and a subtle stitched tag on the bottom front. Back by popular demand, two new Mercer pants ($135 USD) in Black or Stone are added next in a lightweight summer twill fabric. All-over stitched lightning bolt embroidery make up the silhouette, along with the Mercer’s ribbed cuff at the ankle and two rear and side pockets. White Label 2.0 also sees the introduction of the lightweight summer twill Mercer short ($88 USD). The shorts are available in Navy/Salmon or Camo/Red featuring the same stitched lightning bolt styled embroidery as the pant, but with a stitched over cuff at the knee. Accessories this time around include a handful of hats designed with Starter ($45 USD). The collection includes a “Just” hat in Red, an “Us” hat in Black, both of which include “Kith” side panel branding, two “Kith” hats in Black/White or Red/White/Blue, and two “BK” hats in Black or Red. Each hat is also offset with green underbills. All apparel pieces were made locally in New York City for the collection. Finally comes a special collaboration with Filling Pieces footwear. The Kith x Filling Pieces Low-Top style ($170 USD) was made in Portugal and will be available in all over Black or White colorways. Features include smooth leather upper with subtle Kith and “Just Us” branding on the tongue and heel. Shot by: 13thWitness
The Kith White Label 2.0 collection will release online at KithNYC.com on Friday, August 16th, 2013 at 11am EST and in-store at Kith NYC locations on Saturday, August 17th, 2013. Click here for a closer look.
Chapter 4 is the final episode of the Ronnie Fieg For Sebago Spring/Summer 2013 collection. Finishing off the line are two of my favorite styles, an all new Spinnaker ($115 USD) and all new Schooner ($130 USD). The Sebago Spinnaker is a classic handsewn moc-toe boat shoe which needed two-tone nubuck uppers and Sebago’s non-marking rubber Docksides soles. The style includes durable leather socklining and is laced with functional rawhide navy laces. The Schooner is one of Sebago’s most iconic boat shoe styles. The handsewn model combines a classic silhouette with rubber slip-resistant Campside soles, while the genuine moccasin construction uses light brown nubuck and soft light denim on the upper. Off-white rawhide laces, calfskin lining, mudguard quarter panels and non-corrosive brass eyelets finish off the look.
The Ronnie Fieg For Sebago Spring/Summer 2013 Chapter 4 Collection will be releasing at Kith NYC stores and RonnieFieg.com starting today at 11am EST.
Hypebeast recently asked me to share some of my Tech Essentials in a recent feature. Check out the result over at Hypebeast.com to see the Apps I just simply can’t live without.
Two years ago I bought a pair of vintage camo pants and took them to my tailor to get altered. Slimed down the legs, added elastic cuffs and added a draw string to the waist band. Within a week I got more compliments on my pants than anything I have ever worn (including footwear). People wanted them. Badly. The first camo pant from Red Label was the first real apparel piece I worked on. I was super proud of the fit and although there are a million changes I would have made to that pant today, it was a great starting point. Fast forward two years, the line has grown exponentially. No restraints, no pressure, no quotas and no help. The Mercer pant took 6 months to perfect. I wanted to create a classic that can stand alone for a decade. A pant that can be worn at anytime to fit any look day or night. Production hasn’t been easy. I’m used to working with billion dollar companies that have the best manufacturing capabilities in the world so when I started producing things myself it was a light slap in the face. It took two years for me to really understand how the apparel business works and now I’m proud to have a creative director and a product manager that have helped direct the brand. Paying attention to details is always most important and I’m excited to see how you guys will react to some of the pieces that are coming. Kith will continue to push the envelope and I appreciate all the support we’ve been getting since day 1. The project that has taken most of my time for the last 6 months is dropping soon. White Label Chapter 2. Stay tuned.
- Just Us.
How badly did I want this? I realize it’s not about how bad you want something, it’s about what you are willing to sacrifice to get where you want to go. I sacrificed the most precious element in life. Time. How much time? Almost all of it. People say hard work pays off. Well what exactly is the pay off? Success? Money? The payoff is doing what you actually love, that’s when you will work your hardest. My goals have always been to make a difference, to change the way things are usually done and to give back to the people who care about being different. Kith has been the outlet that I imagined when building the shops 2.5 years ago, a breath of fresh air the market needed. 2 years later I feel like I learned more in this period of time than all my prior years on this planet combined. So what have been some of the obstacles along the way? Well.. I honestly feel like this business has become a series of challenges that I need to overcome. I find myself asking the same question almost every day, what do they think they’ll never see from me? What can I create that will make them remember the brand? Even with some success, the back to wall mentality is what will continue to push the envelope and keep things interesting. Nothing has come easy. Production for the in house brand has been extremely frustrating, especially with the local manufacturing. Scheduling, logistics, warehousing, billing, and managing employees are just a few of the daily nightmares a small business deals with on a daily basis. People think running this business is easy. Many people see the collaborative projects and think it’s just that easy to release a project not knowing how many decisions and man hours were involved to make releases possible. This shit is hard.
Team. Putting together the current Kith team was by far the toughest task thus far. Even though they don’t blog enough, some of you might already know them. Without the team Kith wouldn’t exist. I honestly feel lucky to have such talented individuals who are better than me in many ways. Seeing the team evolve into what it is today makes me extremely proud and I feel that might be my greatest accomplishment to date.
In honor of the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Flamingo” shoe releasing this Friday, I was fortunate enough to team up with my good friends over at BWGH for a special apparel pack. The pieces include two short sleeve crewnecks and two special Stanton sweatshorts, one in a grey fit and the other in salmon. The body of each item is made with a lightweight Japanese French terry and features premium stitched chenille and loose ribbing. On the crewnecks, the chenille patches include blue and salmon touches to match the hues of the “Flamingo” Gel Lyte III. Each fit is handmade in Europe and includes recognizable BWGH curly yarns that also follow the color palette of the shoes. The Ronnie Fieg x BWGH “Flamingo” pack is exclusive to Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com in very limited quantities. Pick up both fits starting Friday, August 2nd at 11am EST, $105 USD for the crewnecks and $90 for the shorts.
The in-store release for the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III “Flamingo” will be available through a limited sign-up list at both Kith NYC locations (Manhattan and Brooklyn). The list will run on a first come first serve basis starting today at 11am EST. Spots are limited, please bring a valid photo ID and visit either location. Each person is allowed one sign-up, if your name is found on both lists you forfeit your opportunity. Inquire further details within.
The shoes will also release on KithNYC.com on August 2nd, 2013 at 11am EST.
UPDATE: The in-store lists are now closed.
What started off as a 1-of-1 sample back in 2009 has evolved into what you see here today. After tweaking this color concept for the past few years, I am excited to finally present the Ronnie Fieg x ASICS “Flamingo” Gel Lyte III. After a number of trials later, the ash grey nubuck that covers the apron and quarter was chosen to represent the color of flamingos before they turn pink. It’s a grey mixed with beige, a hue of the flamingo’s feathers which aren’t always in clean conditions. The style is then mixed with the same grey mesh toebox and a grey mesh panel that’s added under the salmon leather stripes. The transformation from grey to pink is attributed to the flamingo’s consumption of shrimp, their food of choice. A white midsole is added below for a standout effect, while the outsoles include two-tone coloring in salmon and blue. The blue accents fit perfectly and the lining is made of a thin neoprene, a new tech material I have not applied to my collaborations until now. Highlights include stitched insoles that utilize memory foam cushioning for maximum comfort and three lace options of tonal grey, salmon, and rope salmon/blue. As with all Gel Lyte III models, the shoe features a split tongue, style branding on the side heel and ASICS branding on the midsole.
The release will take place on Friday, August 2nd, 2013 at 11am EST at both Kith NYC stores and KithNYC.com. In-store release information will be posted on RonnieFieg.com/blog on Wednesday, July 31st. The Ronnie Fieg x ASICS Gel Lyte III will release in limited quantities for $150 USD.