Tired of the same old collabs coming out of New York Fashion Week?
Fear not, avant-garde boot maker Miron Crosby, the brand that has decisively brought the cowboy boot into the 21st Century, has just debuted its collab with design visionary Prabal Gurung, with a ‘New West’ line that revives the iconic 1960s rodeo boot shape. The style was originally worn by women during a time of great social change in America.
The Miron Crosby x Pabal Gurung collection, which debuted in at NYFW September 8th, features a plunging scallop, midi-height and open pull holes sweetly wrapped in paisley. Patent leather – a first for Miron Crosby – adds a futuristic touch to the design. ’New West’ will be available in five bold colorways – including a cool all-white, a cardinal patent energized with an imperial red croc overlay, and a deep obsidian that comes to life across a croc and python pairing.
In contrast, the maximalist ‘Legend’ style is marked by intricate stitching reminiscent of traditional cowboy boots dating back to the 1880s. The inclusion of a delicately cut-out modern-day rose motif above the heel adds a touch of unexpected romance and patriotism (the rose is the National Flower of America). It mimics the roses seen throughout the Prabal Gurung Spring 2020 ready-to-wear collection and speaks to the brand ideal of celebrating femininity with a bite. The ‘Legend’ is available in three colorways, including a mirrored rose gold leather and quartet of smooth leathers in pink parfait, mint, daffodil and celeste blue.
The boots produced in collaboration with Miron Crosby are the perfect accessory to Prabal Gurung’s Spring/Summer 2020 line, which pays homage to American heritage through the use of traditionally American symbols such as roses and tie-dye.
The designer enthuses, “Miron Crosby is reinventing western wear by bringing consumers premium, handcrafted artisanal boots with cutting edge designs. I am thrilled to be collaborating with them as part of my label’s 10th anniversary celebrations, which honors creativity, individuality and inclusivity,”
Gurung, who did indeed fete the anniversary at his NYFW runway show on Sunday, is a Nepalese immigrant who gained early support from the Ecco Domani Fashion Fund and the CFDA. He has since used his success to advocate for immigration and women’s rights, having woven important social messages into his work and contributed proceeds to related human and civil rights organizations. In a not so subtle critique of current US policy, his Sunday evening show was capped off with an ethnically diverse crew of models wearing a sash labeled, ‘Who gets to be American?’
Miron Crosby is a bespoke cowboy boot brand started in 2017 by sisters Lizzie Means Duplantis and Sarah Means. The pair envisioned bringing an elevated yet authentic boot to the market with a “ranch to runway” versatility, inspired by their experiences growing up in West Texas and later living in New York City. Each pair of boots is handmade in the 160-year-old Rios of Mercedes factory in Mercedes, Texas, using century-old techniques.