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Esquire Singapore|November 2020
Louis Vuitton’s pre-spring 2021 menswear collection features its debut skate shoe, one that’s been given the go-ahead by skateboarding’s most fashionable icon.
Asri Jasman

“It’s about supporting someone who’s been doing it for as long as I have. It’s about figuring out how to connect the two worlds—fashion and skateboarding—in a natural way,” Lucien Clarke says when asked about how a collaboration involving a luxury fashion house and skateboarding can be as authentic as possible.

Clarke is a Jamaica-born professional skateboarder based in London, and skates as part of the Palace Skateboards crew. The 31-year-old is also no stranger to the luxury fashion world. Since Virgil Abloh’s appointment at Louis Vuitton, Clarke has been a regular fixture at his menswear runway shows, walking for the spring/summer 2019 and 2020 seasons in Paris. The two connected thanks to their common passion for skating as well as the arts, and according to Abloh, he was introduced to Clarke “through Lev Tanju and Gareth Skewis of Palace Skateboards, who are friends of mine”.

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