Canadian travel goods experts Herschel Supply have announced a collaboration with footwear giant New Balance to produce a range of footwear and bags in a collection that aims to encapsulate the styles of both brands.
The collaboration takes two distinct brand aesthetics and mixes them to create interesting pieces that bring out the best of both. New Balance’s traditional silhouettes and sporty construction, utilising functional mesh detailing and bright colours, gives the collection a classic sports luxe appeal. This is then countered by Herschel Supply’s rugged heritage styling and fashionable touches – such as their idiosyncratic labelling and paisley patterned details – creating the perfect balance between sporty vibrance and down to earth, traditional values.
This fusion is captured perfectly in the New Balance H710, which is essentially a functional walking boot yet comes in a variety of bright colours – giving it a sportswear feel that would look equally at home in the city.
The bags follow suit, with classic Herschel Supply designs highlighted with suede detailing inspired by New Balance. The Heritage Plus bag implements Herschel Supply’s ‘plus system’, which consists of a small fully lined and padded compartment for a laptop or tablet. This feature, although perhaps not revolutionary, should prove to be a handy feature for the modern man on the move – whether away for a weekend or just a day at work – providing storage for those electronic essentials that demand careful packing.
The Novel gym bag takes similar nods from New Balance’s styling and features a specialised shoe compartment to complement the footwear of the range.
Overall, the Herschel Supply x New Balance collaboration succeeds in blending the signature styles of the two brands, creating a range that balances fashion with function to provide a stylish option for the man on the move.