AW18 COLLECTION “IN PROCESS”
For Autumn Winter 2018 collection, both presents an intriguing clash between industrial and artisanal - drawing from the transformation of latex during the manufacturing process and through the elaboration of a distinctive language based on the many technical explorations with the vulcanization of natural rubber.
both’s industrial elements are featured in a new line of imposing ranger-style rubber boots dubbed GAO, offering a modern take on utilitarian design. The worker mid- and hi-boots come in a galosh pattern upper construction with nylon details and bolt-shaped industrial metallic eyelets.
This season for the first time a new running shoe in spired design is introduced. Made from a high frequency technique fusing synthetic material with technical mesh fabric, this new athletic style appears on a chunky sole, seamlessly assembled from PVA foam and strips of rubber on a simple sneaker shape.
Other subtle industrial references highlight the collection, like the small logo tags bearing the chemical formula of the latex material used in the fabrication process.
The new POP line plays on graphic impact mixing the notions of technical and artisanal with its thick rubber-soled sneaker styles and its new bold chevron motif underscoring the robust mechanical flavor of the season. Intricately handcrafted foxing tape constructions sport primary pops on the back of the heel and on the ends of laces.
both’s iconic patch and galosh styles are revisited in this season’s GUM and GALOSH lines, offering many versions of hi- and lo-top sneakers, slip-ons and leather Chelsea boots with tone-on-tone or contrasting vulcanized rubber patches.
Challenging the incredible plasticity of natural rubber, this season also features new graphic effects like a neo camouflage - achieved using the vulcanization process - acid yellow, white or blue splashes on black. The ATEX line also features raw textures including a sandpaper-like surface and tiny mesh print motif.
In the same vein, new versions of both’s CLASSIC sneaker shapes come in new monochrome grey or bright red versions, and for the first time in spazzolato leather, a slick looking black glazed material that intrigues the eye, falling somewhere between rubber and leather in aspect.