Jake Davis Test Shots: Camo Boat Shoe from Jake Davis on Vimeo.
Jake Davis Test Shots: Luggage Chukka from Jake Davis on Vimeo.
Working with Jake was an experience like non other. The dude is a perfectionist and putting both of those in a room with unlimited material and color options will result in something epic. Welcome to Jake’s installment of the Sebago Nexus Project, release info and product shots are coming soon.
This is what Jake had to say about the project:
I love film, style, the city, the woods, music, art… That’s what I grew up on. But more than anything I love telling the story, especially the ones that haven’t been told. Up to this point its been a cinematic one for me. My Test Shots have been a way for me to communicate my love for style and film with some kind of emotional value. I’ve tried my best to make each one more interesting than the next for you guys…
With this new series of Test Shots comes the next stage in their progression. Not only do they feature the natural beauty of model Rachel Ballinger but this is the first time actually seeing product I’ve designed. If you remember Ronnie Fieg put together the Sebago Nexus Project. When he asked me what I was thinking as far as design concept, two ideas immediately came to mind. I wanted to make something that wasn’t available. But more than anything I wanted something that made me feel like I was home when I wore them. I know that sounds kind of odd but as we get older that saying you can never go home again seems to be so relevant. Not literally home but the metaphor of home… Comfort, childhood, the ever changing idea of what that place is and can be… then, now, and in the future.
For most they will be just another pair of shoes. But to me they represent my life. The camouflage of the woods I grew up in. The boat shoe silhouette of a life I aspire to. The luxurious oiled pebble grain leather of my favorite luggage used to travel from the city to the country and back. A chukka that looks better with age as it gets beat up with life’s ups and downs.
After a long brunch with my good friend Brendon Babenzien the idea of using a female model to advertise men’s clothing seemed kind of crazy to me. But like just about everything he does, I truly believe he’s ahead of the curve on this one. These are men’s shoes but I love seeing them on women… The reason we do what we do.
I’d like these films to live beyond the shoes. I would imagine most of you won’t be able to get a pair since they’ve only made 48 pairs of each. There’s nothing that would make me happier than passing somebody on the street wearing them. I always ask my designer friends what that feels like… It’d be nice to know. Regardless, I feel the connection every time you stop by here and press play. Thanks to everyone that made this possible especially Sebago, Ronnie Fieg, Rachel Ballinger, and Mr. Black… It means more than you know… I almost forgot, my Camo Boat Shoe and Luggage Chukka will be available to purchase at the end of the week… More details to come… And I really hope you like them…