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DR. MARTENS SPEAKS TO KENNETH NING

Many designers at Men’s New York Fashion Week chose to incorporate Dr. Martens into their runway styles. We caught up with a few talented designers and creative directors and asked them about their new lines and their Docs. Here, we spoke to Kenneth Ning, Artistic Director & Owner of Kenneth Ning to find out about his Spring Summer 2017 collection.  
 

NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Designer Kenneth Ning (2nd right) poses for photos during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning with looks from his SS17 Collection: Full Metal. Photo courtesy of Astrid Stawiarz for Getty Images.
 
 
Tell us about your first pair of Dr. Martens.
I purchased my first pair of 1461’s senior year of high school at a local shoe store in a strip mall in San Leandro, CA close to where I grew up. I was 18 years old and my job at that time required steel toed boots. I purchased 1461’s knowing it wasn’t a steel toe but because the aesthetic and design caught my eye. Unfortunately, I no longer have them but ever since then, it became a staple for me up to today. 
 
Tell us a bit about your new looks and why you chose to incorporate Dr. Martens into you show for NYFW?
We are inspired by military details via Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket this season. The clothes are utilitarian with an artisanal twist. Dr. Marten’s Boots are perfect modern supplements to this look. 
 
What do you stand for?
We are artisans standing for innovation on classics. Our philosophy is to push the boundaries of the norm by elevating the traditional and adding youth to modern luxury. 
 
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot and Cavendish shoe.
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot and Cavendish shoe.
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Models pose during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot.
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Models pose during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot.
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Models walk the runway during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot.
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Models pose during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot.
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Models pose during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot.
 
 
NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Models pose during Kenneth Ning S/S 2017 Presents Full Metal at Skylight Clarkson Sq on July 13, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images for Kenneth Ning)
Kenneth Ning SS17: the DMs Lite Newton boot.
 
 
Find out more about Kenneth Ning on his website, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter