Dr. Martens - a brief history of the brand
The story started with the Griggs family of boot makers from Northampton, England. The family had been making boots since 1901. In the 50's bored and seeking something innovative and inspiring Bill Griggs answered an advert found in a magazine. The advert was by Dr Klaus Martens and Dr. Herbert Funck from Munich, Germany. Following an accident on a skiing trip the pair had invented an air-cushioned sole and were seeking inventors to help create the prototype.
From this partnership the Dr Martens brand was born on 1st April 1960. The first boots from production were given the apt title 1460. The style of the 8 hole leather boot has become the classic image of Dr Martens and is still popular today.
For an insight into what happened next to Dr Martens, and a look at the Subcultures that adopted the boots as a part of their style see my Subcultures page here.
New Store to open in Brighton - June '13
The new Dr Martens store will open on June 12th in Prince Albert Street. The launch will be a local event featuring bands from the area and an artist creating an in-store installation.
In the run-up to the store opening there is a Brighton Style Icon competition to find those sporting the best dressed alternative look, complete with DM boots.
The winner gets £300 worth of Dr Marten goodies and entries can be made by sharing a photo on Twitter @ #drmartensstyle or Instagram @ #DRMARTENSBRIGHTON
The results will be announced on the Dr Martens Facebook page and on Twitter on the 18th July.
The Agyness Deyn Collection launched on August 15th 2012. The range is inspired by 90's Grungy chic. A combination of floral dresses, long sleeve maxi dresses, the staple chequered shirt matched with chunky double soled Dr. Martens boots. There is a thigh length boot available in the traditional Dr. Martens boots style but with the double sole and large silver eyelets. I like the patent 10 hole boots (1490 boots) which have a more Grungy harder look then the usual patent leather Dr. Martens (they're great, I used to have a pair). On my wish list is the heart shaped satchel (shown on the left) I would rather like the red one if anyone's buying????
No!...oh well :-(
"Docs" is recognised in the
so it can officially be used as a word in the game Scrabble
is Dr. Martens own official tartan
It takes 2.5 square feet of leather to make a pair of boots
Air Wair uses 42,000 km of yellow stitching each year