After more than 60 years of Dr. Martens and almost 30 years of Rick Owens, we’re finally uniting. Renowned for eccentric, architectural garments, Rick Owens’ sharp ascent to fame in the early 90s coincided with DM’s own grunge renaissance. DM’s asked Rick Owens what Dr. Martens means to him.
“When I was a teen and becoming physically aware, I saw how a tightly laced ankle leading to a broad, solidly planted foot had a simple, modest, industrial masculinity – almost like a corset between a muscled calf and a sturdy foot that acted as a stoic ballast. DM’s exemplified this best.
I saw them on all the guys flying through the air at the shows I went to. Fear. Black Flag. The Screamers. Alien Sex Fiend. Dr. Martens became a symbol of a raw and sweaty vitality that I thought I might be able to pull off. And for a minute, I think I did.”
Coming full circle to partner with Dr. Martens 40 years later leads me to lacing them with pearl-coloured cotton laces in a geometric pattern, that I use often as a symbol of our eternal collective search for rational order – signs of hope and an affectionate blessing on the perpetual recklessness of youth.”