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Photographs courtesy Christian Kimber
Christian Kimber first told me about his Passport Collection when I had the pleasure of meeting him earlier this year at Pitti. The anticipation for the collection to launch has been immense among my fellow menswear pals. Launched yesterday online, with a quirky lookbook, it’s the kind of collection you want everything of. Kimber has all the menswear staples covered off – a shoe for every sartorial eventuality – skater slip-ons, sneakers, loafers, chukkas. These sublime brown tassel loafers with camo detailing are on Sartorialee’s Christmas list already.
Kimber confesses: “Australian culture has always been a more relaxed take on classic style. I set out to design a collection that could transcend convention and be relevant across various menswear genres and lifestyle scenarios.
My vision for “The Passport Collection” is that each beautifully handcrafted pair of shoes can translate seamlessly into any environment. Inspired by places or situations that mean something to me, every pair has a story and every detail has a purpose.
So you might see the hint of a wave in the pattern of a sneaker, or a nod to a wallpaper print in piping. Ultimately, my goal was to create such beautifully made shoes that they would work no matter what you wear. Handmade with love in Spain or Italy, each shoe is classically constructed and leather-lined for ultimate quality and comfort. I hope you enjoy wearing them as much as I did designing them”.
Be sure to check them out now. “First in, best dressed” as Kimber put it himself.