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The gladdest moment in human life, me thinks, is a departure into unknown lands – [ Sir. Richard Burton ]

HISTORY

When Sir Watson and Mr Parker embarked on their first journey they headed towards 12/14 Long Acre, in London, not too far from their club in Covent Garden. This was, and still is today, the address of the bookshop founded by Edward Stanford in 1853, a veritable treasure trove of antique maps and ship’s logs, a popular destination for famous explorers such as Robert Falcon Scott and David Livingstone.

Shortly afterwards, on a cold September morning, they boarded a ship belonging to the British navy: they sailed the seas, sometimes calm and sometimes choppy, until they reached far-off, unknown lands. They pushed further, even further than they thought possible. Each time they casted off their moorings they also left behind some of the restrictions of the time: they listened to everything there was to listen to, they understood everything there was to understand.

They came back freer and more aware. All the experience they acquired on their travels was contained in the garments they wore: in their mannerisms, their clothes, the original shoes they had designed and hand-produced for their adventures in unexplored lands.

To be precise, Watson&Parker shoes encapsulate the quintessential British nature and common sense within the spirit and emotions of the world.

COLLECTION SPRING-SUMMER 2017

Spring/Summer collection: In the late nineteenth century, after months of difficult navigation, Sir Watson and Mr. Parker saw on the horizon Botany Bay, on the east coast of Australia. Almost a century before, that coastline charmed the Lieutenant James Cook, who started to search for the mythical Terra Australis. Today

the same magic is repeated in the Watson & Parker Spring/Summer collection: the colors, the shapes and the emotions of those landscapes come to life in the leathers, fabrics and textures of these de-structured extra light shoes, with the welt enriched by the buffalo leather, applied with an artisanal working process and

treated with vegetable oils. From the orchids Bamboo of Flower line to the colors of the Maori line, inspired by the glowing skies of Rakiura island, the magic of that trip is reborn in these little masterpieces of craftsmanship, with a British flavor and the unique Italian style.

SUEDE

Upper in Suede. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped exotic flowers. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

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LEATHER

Upper in sculpted veal leather. Lining in veal leather. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped Rudbeckia flowers. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

PAINTER

Upper in painted Suede. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped pirates. Backstrap in white veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: white.

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SQUARE

Upper in sculpted veal leather Squares. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped crocus flowers. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

MAORI

Upper in sculpted Suede Tribal. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped sea bed. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch.Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

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FLOWER

Upper in Suede stamped flowers. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped Monstera. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

CANVAS WASHED

Upper in fabric / Cotton Canvas Stone wash. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped Magnolia flowers. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

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DAISY

Upper in fabric / Cotton Canvas Stone wash stamped small flowers. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped lines navy Daisy. Backstrap in white veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: White. Coloured laces to contrast.

CANVAS FLUO’

Upper in fabric / Cotton Canvas. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped “W&P” Toucan and flamingo. Backstrap in Fluo veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

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BANANA

Upper in fabric / Cotton Canvas stamped banana leaves. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped Chilean Lilies. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

COLONIAL

Upper in fabric / Hessian colonial. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped Flowers yellow gerbera Daisies. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

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JEANS

Upper in fabric / Cotton denim. Lining in fabric / Cotton. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped ananas. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: beige.

SLASHED

Upper in fabric / Cotton denim “slashed”. Without lining. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped flowers and ananas. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch. Welt in buffalo leather. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / colour: white. White cotton laces.

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MONOCHROME

Upper in fabric / Cotton. Lining in fabric / Cotton , matching colour. Insole in fabric / cotton stamped flowers red hibiscus. Backstrap in beige veal leather with “W&P” patch, matching colour. Welt in buffalo leather, matching colour. Extra light outsole extra in EVA / matching colour Matching colour cotton laces.

BACKPACK EXPLORER

Canvas fabric. Inside lining printed with toucans and flamingos. Profiles in buffalo leather. Patch in leather with a hot stamping W&P logo. Drawstring cord with edge in contrast.

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PHILOSOPHY

Watson&Parker is the first footwear range to combine British style with a hipster vibe.

One model, in several different variations, different fabric, leather and colours: this is not just another reinterpretation of the sneaker, rather it is an out-of-the-ordinary shoe, with two fundamental characteristics which set it apart from all the others.

First of all, it is de-structured footwear.
The interior of the shoes is devoid of rigid components, it is completely unlined, made solely of natural materials (leather, cotton, wool, etc.) and boasts a super lightweight sole: All these characteristics contribute to making it the lightest footwear on the market.

Furthermore, it is the result of an artisanal working process, carried out in Italy. The unusual stitching method follows the ancient tradition known as San Crispino,

Used by craftsmen and symbolic of the concept of Made in ItalyThe uppers and sole are hand-stitched together with very sturdy thread: too thick for a machine.

Watson&Parker have revived the fine art of Italian footwear and present it in with a contemporary flavour.
Every shoe is a perfect example of skilled craftsmanship, with different positioning possibilities and prices, a classic product produced in series.

This footwear is a journey which started over a century ago in a hitherto unexplored land, with distinct elements: taste, refinement and attention to construction.

They carry a precious cargo, mastery and experience: it is plain to see in the painstaking attention to detail, the lining, the uppers and the pursuit of raw materials, the scrupulously hand-crafted techniques, the quality and three-dimensional texture of the fabric and leather utilised in the process.
A unique product in terms of both taste and craftsmanship: a step towards a new form of elegance, in pursuit of the far-reaching vision of great explorers combined with the aesthetic comfort of today’s footwear.

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Via Morimondo, 26 – Entrance 5, 20121 – Milan
Telephone/Fax: +39 02 89122474
E-mail: info@watsonandparker.com
VAT: 02044130686

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