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We’re hitting the road for an eight-stop customization tour across America, with a lineup of artists from a variety of backgrounds and disciplines. Their mission: to create one-of-a-kind boots and shoes for Dr. Martens customers.

Chris and Clayton Griggs, collectively known as The Griggs Brothas, are NYC-based fashion designers and co-founders of the clothing line LFANT, which stands for “Live Free Above Negative Thinking.” The twins’ work is inspired by Rastafarian principles and draws from their love of “Roots and Culture.” We brought them to Dr. Martens Union Square in New York for the third stop of the Customization Tour. Keep scrolling to see the custom embroidery they created for our NYC customers and learn more about this creative duo.

What is the best thing about working with your brother?

Starting and growing our own family business together.

At what age did you learn how to sew?

Around 14-15 years old

Any strange custom requests?

We’ve gotten a few strange requests over the years. One that stands out to us was a guy who wanted “poor 2 Rico” on the back of his jersey. Pretty clever but strange.

What was the inspiration behind your customization?

The punk rock culture associated with Dr. Martens.

What are you most looking forward to for the customization tour?

We’re excited to see people’s creativity.

Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.

My first pair were brown 1460s. I really enjoyed the versatility of them; I can dress them up or down and wear them in the winter or summer.

What is your favorite thing to do in New York City?

Our favorite thing to do in New York is walking around the city with friends. This city is so dense and there is so much to see; if you don’t hit the streets you will miss it.

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