You normally wouldn’t associate Timberland with Japanese art or culture. But this season, the brand is taking inspiration from the Land of The Rising Sun for a fresh take on its hardy boots as well as street-influenced ready-to-wear.

Giri in English means “katana sword cut” which is the act of a sword effortlessly slicing through a Japanese tatami mat, in a traditional katana-testing ritual. The result of that is an incredibly straight and clean cut that’s only achievable with the best and sharpest katana. And just like its name suggest, the YokoGiri Footwear and KesaGiri Apparel collections are just as sharp with their streamlined construction.

One look at the KesaGiri Apparel collection and you’d know that it’s definitely designed for the streets. Think oversized proportions with a clean silhouette that look just as good relaxed as well as slouchily tucked in. The range includes hoodies, T-shirts, shirts and caps that are all emblazoned with a bold updated treatment to the Timberland logo.

The YokoGiri Footwear collection features the Radford 6-inch Canvas Boot style. Unlike the traditional nubuck icon, this iteration is lighter and more flexible due to its canvas construction. Each Radford boot is made up of an abrasion-resistant coated canvas and fused with the lightweight Sensorflex outsole as well as a padded collar and EVA footbed. In short, maximum comfort in every step.

Just because the terminology and name might sound all too serious, the colours available are definitely designed to u p your street-style game. The colours range from the signature wheat and muted tones of brown and black to the brighter primary colours. No matter what you pick, they’ll be a sharp addition to your wardrobe.

See more of the different colours available in the gallery above and here for more of Timberland’s Giri collection. Available at Timberland stores islandwide.

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