Voulez Vous Acheter?: DC Shoes x agnès b. Sneakers
I'm always biggin' up DC Shoes because they consistently up the ante in regards to their creative output, their price points are very reasonable, their kicks are both stylish and functional, and their PR department is FANTASTIC (shout out to Ashley, Cristina, Sherrie-Anne and Ida — plus the brand's ambassadors never succomb to the elitist ways of other sneaker companies (**cough**NIKE!!**cough**). Sorry, had to put some folks on blast for a sec but back to bidness, as we like to say.
For its latest Double Label Series, DC Shoes teamed up with the ultra-cool, artist-friendly French brand agnès b. Using the streamlined silhouette of the DC Dress Sneaker, the head designers from each brand came together to create an elegant sneaker that could also double as a dress shoe. The DC x agnès b. sneakers don't deviate much from the Dress Sneaker silhouette — aside from the colorways, the main difference is the contrasting white heel (usually, the Dress Sneaker features only one color), the texture of the diagonal stripe along the aide bearing the DC logo, and the size of the perforations along the leather uppers (they appear to be smaller here). The stitching, sole, and form all pretty much remain unchanged.
The DC x agnès b. Double Label sneaker is available in three hues: Blue, Black and Sesame. I gotta admit, the blue one caught my eye right away (it's that Carolina blue shade I love so much), but then I really started yearning for the Sesame kicks (I know, it's unexpected coming from someone who loves color as much as me, but I just think there's something really classic and chic about that camel hue).
The low-top sneakers were already introduced in the Parisian agnès b. store on March 5th (during Paris Fashion Week) and are now making their way to New York City for their premiere at the agnès b. Soho shop on March 31st.
In addition to the sneaker collection, DC Shoes and agnès b collaborated on an exciting art exhibit, FORWARD 3, which features works from: 123 Klan, Guillaume Abdi, Aurèle, Dada, Delarocca, Dirtlab, Dyane de Sérigny, Erwan & Sophie, Jerk4, Jérôme Molar, Stéphane Kiehl, Koa, Koralie, Luis, Mega, Jean Nipon, Osmoze, Pierre La Police, Prunelle, Spoe, Tabas, Nicolas Thomas, Rachel Cazadamont@H5, Sophie Toporkoff, Supakitch, Amandine Urruty, and Greg Vezon.
The Forward 3 exhibit launches March 31st at the agnès b. store in NYC (103 Greene Street) and runs until April 14th. Less than 1500 pairs of the DC x agnès b. sneakers were produced, so get your pair at an agnès b. retail location. Visit Agnesb.com for more information.