Leather connoisseur, Dominic Chambrone, known enigmatically as the Shoe Surgeon, fell in love with leather at aged 19. He’s been backed by the streetwear elite, and is reputed among sneaker-enthusiasts everywhere. Now, and for the first time ever, Chambrone is teaming up with everyone’s favourite Danish shoe brand, ECCO leather, for “Tannery Hack”, a one-of-a-kind collab which combines archival ECCO looks with inspiration from Portugal’s terracotta roofscapes. “Inspiration arises for me at any moment,” the Shoe Surgeon explains. “From my surroundings, to architecture, to materials I randomly come across. I just like to create.”
ECCO’s relationship with the Shoe Surgeon is more than just leather and business. Chambrone describes it as a “more like a friendship”. “They reached out to me by Instagram and sent me some leathers to play with,” he recalls. “Since then I’ve participated with the hot shop they put on every year.” In true Shoe Surgeon style, the Tannery Hack capsule collection was introduced with style and innovation with a live super-hack at Amsterdam’s experimental shoe store, W-21. Going to extreme lengths to create single bespoke shoes is far from the norms of production, but for one night only, ECCO used cutting-edge technology and the rarefied science of direct-injection-production to do just that. The following week, studio hours were extended and the Shoe Surgeon was on hand to co-design his latest ECCO designs specifically to his clients’ needs. If you weren’t one of lucky ones who got their hands on a pair of tailor-made trainers, get yourself to Amsterdam ASAP, because the collab is being sold in limited numbers only at W-21.
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For more information on the collaboration, please visit W-21’s website.