Timberland has launched the next of its Future73 collaborations, in partnership with New York-based contemporary artist and painter, Nina Chanel Abney. The Timberland® x Nina Chanel Abney Future73 Collection reimagines The Original Timberland® Boot, resurrects the ‘78 Hiker, and inspires a modern approach to Timberland’s heritage apparel designs.
For Future73, Abney brought her vibrant artistic sensibility to envision what the future of the Timberland icon might look like. Her Future73 designs are infused with her appreciation for the great outdoors and carry all the hallmarks of her bold and distinctive artistic style.
Abney’s design process began with research, gathering photo references and archival imagery from which she created hand-drawn artworks before digitizing them into graphics for knits or prints.
The Timberland® x Nina Chanel Abney Future73 6-Inch Boot features premium leather with a contrasting rippled outsole. Two reversible, interchangeable quarter panels along with embossed backstay snaps, and extra laces allow wearers to customize their style. One panel is made with wheat debossed Timberland art: the flip side a ripstop fabric with Nina’s special camo print. The second quarter panel is canvas; the reverse made of leather with stitched puffer detail. The blend of Abney’s original artwork with the uniqueness of the “claypot” colored leather adds to the boot’s intrigue.
The 1978 Hiker is particularly captivating for Abney because, in her words, “it is a dope shoe,” and an original style that has not yet been widely reimagined. Her creation features heritage-inspired orange laces, full grain leather, and original Vibram outsole.
As with many creatives, the pandemic led Abney to reevaluate her artistic practice and reprioritize where she spends her time – with the outdoors taking on new significance. Future73 has seen Abney considering in real time how to combine her love of urban living with being in nature; melding fashion with hiking, and style (her primary concern) with function.