Katie Chastain
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Sperry Maker Collaboration

Commissioned by the iconic maritime shoe brand, Sperry, KINGSPØKE was tasked with curating a collaborative product collection that would speak to the adventurous consumer. I played the role of curator and art director, finding and reaching out to local and national makers that would make this collection speak to the Sperry consumer. 

My favorite makers, of course, were the four I brought in from Maine. We collaborated to make the products both representative of them AND the Sperry brand. 

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The Makers

The Makers

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The team from Grain Surfboards
Erin Flett from Erin Flett
Jasmine Clayton from Kurier
John Turner & Daniel Dougherty from Traps Eyewear

Erin Flett

Erin Flett

Erin and I collaborated to produce bandanas that combined her hand-illustrated designs and Sperry's iconic colors. I truly enjoyed visiting her Westbrook, Maine studio and being witness to her process. She has won numerous design awards, featured in international magazines, yet with uncompromised local sourcing and manufacturing. It was an honor to work with her on this project.

 

Grain Surfboards

Grain Surfboards

Grain handcrafts surfboards using Northern White Cedar sustainably grown in Maine. They hold board-building workshops and sell premium shaped boards for avid surfers. 

For Sperry, Grain produced a limited edition collection of handplanes, complete with a Sperry blue stripe and wood-burned co-branding that was sold online and nationally in Sperry stores. 

Kurier

Kurier

Owned by Maine maker and designer, Jasmine Clayton, Kurier crafts goods from the finest Italian and American leathers, industrial strength thread, and premium hardware. This partnership came out of Sperry Downeast, a three-day creative discovery workshop in Casco Bay. 

These custom journals featured Maine-made leather, Sperry shoelaces, and vintage sailcloth pockets. It was designed specially to be a keepsake for the adventurer to document excursions.

Traps Eyewear

Traps Eyewear

Traps Eyewear is a rising lifestyle brand that pays homage to the beautiful coastal state of Maine by up-cycling oak from weathered lobster traps. 

The combination coastal and sustainable materials and Sperry brand colors created a classic eyewear style rooted in the sea.