On Tuesday (September 13), Cole Haan and New York-based MC Theophilus London will release the limited edition Cole Haan Theophilus Blue Suede Buck exclusively at the Cole Haan store in SoHo. The collaboration will be accompanied by a 10″ vinyl cover version of Nat King Cole’s classic ‘Calypso Blues’, performed by the artist.
“Theophilus embodies individual American style. He’s part of a new generation that understands iconic classics from a modern perspective,” said Cole Haan VP of Design, Phil Russo. “For over a century we’ve challenged ourselves to disrupt, evolve and re-define tradition. Partnerships with creatives, like Theophilus, further inspire us.”
The collaboration began as a conversation between Theophilus and Russo while shooting the brand’s Spring 2011 campaign, in which he was featured. Theophilus recalls, “We were talking about Cole Haan’s history and tradition, then came the idea to create a special version of a Cole Haan classic. On my second tour for “A Mixtape”, I fell in love with the buck, so I suggested we work on one together. This was my first time working on a product collaboration and it was very exciting.”
Listen to ‘Calypso Blues’ below.