At Loake, we are always proud to support new talent, so when Daniel Rynne – winner of the Graduate Fashion Week 2017 ‘Debenhams Menswear Award’ – got in touch to talk through his ideas and inspirations for a collaboration as part of his new this brand new 15-piece capsule collection, we were delighted to help!

An amalgamation of Daniel’s Graduate collection and everything learnt in his first year of the fashion industry, the collection combines considered details, utilitarian shapes and a tonal colour pallet to create a contemporary take on traditional workwear, inspired by the photography of Dorothea Lange.

Earlier in the year, we invited Daniel to our factory here in Kettering to learn more about the processes involved in the shoemaking industry including the leathers and finishing, as well as meeting our craftsmen, and importantly, see his shoes in production!

Daniel told us, “Collaborating with Loake was an obvious choice for this collection. The heritage and authenticity of the name stands hand-in-hand with my concepts and inspirations. Visiting the factory really hit home about the importance of the art of manufacture and making in this country and I’m honoured to have the opportunity to work with this institution among manufacturers in the U.K.”

Crafted from premium leather, the shoes themselves are made using our traditional Goodyear welted construction, and feature classic punched brogue details, rugged rubber soles, contrast lace-up fastenings, and the designer’s name lovingly stamped inside.

Congratulations Daniel, it was a pleasure working with you on this collaboration!

For more information, follow Daniel’s progress and design journey on Instagram at @unionbrand.

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