Founded by Eve Corrigan in 1987, the mill’s unique color and texture combinations (think traditional bouclé with pops of glitter or neon thread) have become a favorite among high-end designers like Karl Lagerfeld and Alber Elbaz. The mill was selected by Keds not only for its eclectic textiles, but also in an effort to support a woman-owned business, an initiative that reverberates Keds’ recent female empowerment campaign.
For the eight-piece line with Keds, Malhia Kent revamped the brand’s iconic Champion, Triple Deckers and slip-ons with blends of cauliflower blue, hot pink, coral and yellow, tonal patchwork and basket-inspired weaves. Golden eyelets, side goring and leather tags add a celebratory touch. The collection will retail for approximately $125.
Keds will also roll out a special collection that’s closer to home for fall. At FN Platform, a brand rep revealed that the brand will launch a Made in U.S.A. capsule collection of Original Champion sneakers.
All components, from the shoes’ laces to the paper and boxes they come packaged in, will be sourced entirely in the U.S. and manufactured at a factory in Grand Rapids, Mich. The shoes will also feature a footbed based on the Champions’s original design and a Vibram outsole.