The moccasin has found its place in the wild state of modern men’s clothing, doing everything possible to get the sneaker from the top of the proverbial mountain for shoes. Earlier this year we called them “the most important shoe of 2021, “and for good reason – no other pair of kicks offers comfort without lace with such a sharp style as the moccasin. And today comes the release of a great loafer in the form of a full-fledged collaboration between J.Crew and Blackstock & Weber, a rising label for shoes started by one of the alumni of the crew.
“I was part of the opening team at the J. Crew liquor store,” said Christopher Echevaria, founder and creative director of Blackstock & Weber. “I worked there while studying menswear design at the Fashion Institute of Fashion.” The Liquor store, somewhat famous, the former Tribeca bar has been transformed into a boutique club, loved equally by the types in the center and the men’s clothing, inclined in 2010. “While we were there, Mickey Drexler and I [former J.Crew CEO] I got closer and became a scout for partnerships that we will eventually sell to men’s stores around the world. “
From the beginning Blackstock & Weber in 2017, Echevarria built loyal followers, landing sites on the shelves of the mass street empire Whale and a highly selected store 3. Sixteen. The brand’s loafers fit in both places. This is because they do not look exactly like your ordinary moccasins – they are made of non-standard materials such as step with copper color and hairy baby blue suede instead of your standard black or brown skin. And then, for lookbooks, they are often styled with Nike socks or gray pants. This is the way you want to wear a pair of moccasins now.
According to Echevarria, this whole project came together quite simply and quite organically. J.Crew reached out and then “it was a very swatch game until we found something that felt like a natural link between the brands.” The end result is a magnificent pair of two-tone moccasins, mixing green-brown and tan with a sharp print with calfskin. The accompanying guide shows how much mileage you can get from a well-designed moccasin: the couple wears blue jeans, then gray sweatpants, and finally a beautifully shaded suit. They are on J.Crew’s website today.
Collaboration also feels like a return to form – and perhaps a hint of what lies ahead – for J. Crewe, especially now that former Noah’s chief creative officer and founder Brendan Babenzien is in the seat as a leading male designer. Blackstock & Weber is an emblem of how many boys want to dress these days: a certain American topicality filled with artistic and semi-street style. This makes the Echevarria label a natural partner in the direction J.Crew seems to be heading, and also makes some much-coveted moccasins.