Friday, 9 November 2012

Studio Sounds: Mr. Hare AW12

Cover image by Little Doodles

"I wanted to make some shoes that could deal with everything that could possibly be thrown at them on a good night and also deal with a long, cold and wet winter," explained Mr. Hare as he sipped on red wine one afternoon in August. The haze of wine and spirits acted as the perfect backdrop for the shoe designer to reacquaint me with the carefully crafted, leather characters that make up his 'At Large' collection. "It is a consolidation of everything that we had before it in a winter Mr. Hare collection made in to something that was ultimately practical in enabling people to do what they do, which is going out to Soho on a Thursday night without worrying about trashing your shoes." Now, the beautiful coming together of sexy and functional is rare but thanks to a soundtrack of Gaz's Rockin Blues mixed and the memories of some of Soho's great characters washed down with rum, sees the two opposites unite in a series of increasingly passionate embraces in a dark corner.

Every time I visit the designer at his Rochelle School studio my ears are treated to the sounds of the  speakers. Music is the pulse of the studio that makes shoes that demand to be danced in. From Billy Fury to Kendrik Lamar, The Specials to BJ the Chicago Kid, here are the audio inspirations of 'At Large'. Turn it up loud..

The Specials - Nite Klub 
Robbin Ray - Baby Baby Take a Look 
Louis Prima - Just a Gigolo 
John Holt - Ali Baba 
Billy Fury - Last Night was Made for Love 
BJ the Chicago kid - Sex X Money x Sneakers. 
Frank Ocean -Whip Appeal 
Kendrick Lamar - Money Trees 
El-P - The Full Retard 
Friends - Friend Crush

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