The Copenhagen-based menswear label Palmes is a brand you’re aware of, and if you aren’t you should be.
Now into its third year, Palmes is embarking on its first-ever collaborative release, with American footwear label Blackstock & Weber for a tennis-infused Penny Loafer.
Inspired by the past era of tennis when the balls played with were white, the pair have revealed the slip-on shoe with an upper crafted with crisp white tennis ball felt.
Sourced from a third-generation family-owned tennis ball factory in southern England, the furry top sits above a leather sole, and comes inside a shoe box which includes a small bag of tennis court clay dust.
This allows wearers to rub the clay into the felt upper of the loafer to emulate the look of a used tennis ball on a classic clay court.
“I believe Nikolaj is one of the next up out of Copenhagen,” explained Chris Echevarria, founder of Blackstock & Weber, on Palmes and the collaboration.
“After discovering the mutual appreciation for each other’s brand and working together to weave our narratives and beliefs into a compelling story, we knew we had a hit.”
Landing online on May 11, the shoes will be available through both Palmes and Blackstock & Weber e-stores, as well as Palmes’ temporary location in Copenhagen the same day.
“It’s a great honor to work on such an iconic silhouette as the penny loafer with a brand that we’ve been admiring since day one,” added Hansson.
“We’ve found ourselves feeling drawn towards Blackstock & Weber’s approach to taking something formal, the loafer, and making it more fun and multi-dimensional, just like what we’re trying to do with tennis as a sport and culture at Palmes.”