DUKE + DEXTER UNVEILS COLLECTION WITH PLAYBOY

by Stephen Garner

British footwear label Duke + Dexter has teamed up with Playboy on a new collaborative collection.

The limited-edition collection highlights Playboy’s influence throughout history, blending the freedom and self-expression of an American icon with the flare and subversive attitude of one of London’s leading footwear labels. The eight original designs feature everything from vintage cartoons on loafers to unique all-over bunny embossed slippers and are all made in England at Duke + Dexter’s factory. Small leather goods are also included in the collection, with two cardholder styles and a decadent single silk robe in monochromatic camo, specially made with British tailor Joseph Darcy.

Artist and model Luka Sabbat stars in the campaign styled by George Cortina and shot by Menelik Puryear on 35mm film at the infamous La Dolce Vita restaurant. Sabbat, whose recent rise has him pinned as the poster boy of a forward-thinking generation exudes the classic cool of the vintage Playboy spirit.

“It’s a privilege to team up with Playboy – an icon that’s relevance and reverence has stood the test of time,” said Archie Hewlett, founder and CEO of Duke + Dexter. “We’re really excited to show who the modern Duke + Dexter Playboy is – subversive, tasteful, and ultimately, aware. This collection celebrates the golden era of one of the world’s most iconic magazines, honouring its class and style in all the right ways with Luka Sabbat.”

The exclusive 250 pair run of shoes and accessories ranges from $50 to $340 and will launch this month on dukeanddexter.com.

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