One is the heritage Maine shoemaker who invented Weejuns penny loafers. The other is a pioneer of Japanese jeans manufacture, the producer of the world’s heaviest jeans and the originator of stone washing. This January, GH Bass and Edwin have reached across the Pacific to collaborate on a limited edition capsule collection.
In the 1960s, penny loafers were the favoured footwear for various youth culture movements, including mods and suedeheads. Inspired by this period, the two companies have now come up with two pairs of classic loafers – the burgundy Logan Moc and the black Weejun Larkin Moc Tassel.
GH Bass began producing Weejuns in 1934. Based on shoes worn by Norwegian dairy farmers, they were marketed as designed for "loafing in the field". Bass’s new addition was a strip of leather across the saddle with a lip-like split, either left open or used to append a pair of tassels. In the US, the design quickly became a staple of casual menswear, while in loafer-sceptic Europe they gradually became the preserve of subculture.