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Dr. Martens partners with A BATHING APE and mastermind Japan

In a three-way collaboration, the 74-year-old British brand Dr. Martens partnered with two Japanese streetwear labels, A BATHING APE® and mastermind JAPAN, to revamp the 1461 silhouettes.

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Merging three distinct subcultures, this East meets West collaboration brings together two creatives to remaster one of Dr. Martens’s most iconic silhouettes, the 1461 shoes.

Crafted from smooth leather and detailed with a triple branded dog tag, the classic 1461 shoes has been reimagined through both A BATHING APE®’s and mastermind JAPAN’s creative lens. A BATHING APE®’s ‘shark mouth’ is screen printed on one shoe and mastermind JAPAN’s ‘skull’ on the other, with antique black ‘mastermind JAPAN’ and ‘A BATHING APE®’ branded lace charms and a tri-branded sock liner. Finished with instantly recognizable Dr. Martens detailing such as a black and yellow heel loop and yellow welt stitching.

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Mastermind JAPAN was shaped by brand founder Masaaki Homma’s love of punk and British subculture. And with A BATHING APE®’s roots originating in the Harajuku scene of the early 90s, both brands are deafening with subcultural heritage. A three-way partnership was long overdue.