The Bata Heritage Project With Charles Pignal | Clozette

For a brand over a century years old, there is no doubt that global footwear giant Bata possessed an extensive library of extraordinary stories — and shoes — to speak of and show off. With the fashion crowd’s growing affection for modern takes on heritage designs in recent years, it was only a matter of time before Bata tapped into its massive archive of shoes to launch the Bata Heritage collection.



Established in 2014 in conjunction with its 120th anniversary, the Bata Heritage collection pays homage to Bata’s most iconic shoes: the Bata Tennis, Bata Bullets, and Bata Safari. These icons were given a makeover through various designer and brand collaborations, the first being the limited edition Bata Tennis x Comme des Garcons and the latest being the Bata Tennis x AstroBoy. They retail in selected concept stores (the likes of Colette in Paris, Drake General Store in Canada, and Actually in Singapore) around the world, all branded with — you've guessed it — a stamp of cool.



While I was in Prague for the inaugural Bata Fashion Weekend last month, I sat down with Charles Pignal, Director of Bata Heritage, and talked about how the Bata Heritage project came about, his dream collaboration, and his opinion of Singaporeans' footwear choices.


How did the Bata Heritage project begin?


We, as an organisation, felt that Bata needed to be a little bit more relevant, a little bit more fashion-oriented. For Heritage, we wanted to communicate a little bit more to our customers about who we were, where we came from, and what we stood for. We had great stories to tell, and so I felt that it was a nice opportunity to tell those stories through re-launched products.






Tell us about your favorite collaboration to date.


I can’t comment on that, I love them all! If I have to choose one, I’d have to say Comme des Garcons because it was our first one — that’s the one that stays with you. It was such a pleasure to work with them, to see their creativity. To see their appreciation of the product and of the story, it came right at the beginning of our process. It really validated that our thinking was correct. That a brand with such creative credibility, such creative power [and] innovative power like Comme des Garcons was willing to work with us. It was a great honour and a great privilege and it validated what we were doing. That’s why it’s my favorite.

What’s your opinion on Singaporeans’ footwear choices?


Singapore is a really interesting market. It’s very on-trend on a lot of different segments. In other segments, it’s quite conservative. But, really it’s turning into, I’d say one of the centers for trend relevance. Orchard Road. You see a big evolution in how more relevant it’s becoming. It’s not a big market, but it’s an interesting market to see a little more of the trends in Asia.







What’s your dream collaboration?


Ah, so many. The first brand that comes to mind is a brand called Etudes, a French-American brand based in Paris. [It’s a] brand I have a lot of respect for. I really like their aesthetic. I also really like the brand Off-White. Working with Off-White would be a dream come true. Recently, we finished a collaboration with a French-Japanese designer called Julien David. That was a long-standing dream because he was the designer who discovered the Bata Bullet. He brought it to our attention at the beginning.

What exciting projects or collaborations can we look forward to from Bata Heritage in the near future?


Well, we are currently in discussion with Wilson to re-launch a basketball shoe from the 70’s. We’re discussing how it would look like. It was originally a collaboration we did back then in the day. We want to resuscitate that partnership for that line of products. We’re also thinking to start working more with boots to give a little variety to the offering. Not just sneakers but some alternative products. So we have our eye on boots. That’s two projects that could be very interesting in the coming year. You heard it here first.

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As girls, our first fashion consultant were our mums. They were the first to dress us up from head to toe for every occasion. And while we now make our own fashion choices, some of our mum's tips and style stay with us forever. In celebration of Mother's Day, we're featuring stylish mums and their personal fashion insights. Let's get to know them.


Shirley Cheong



Clozette Editor Becks Ko shares with us her mum's personal style. 


"My mum was quite the dauntless fashionista back then," says Becks. "I once found a matching Fendi top and bottom that were printed in top-to-toe Fendi logo print in her wardrobe (logomania much?)! Of course, her style is more toned down these days. She has a predominantly white wardrobe collection, but that's not to say that she doesn't pull off an unexpected red blouse with white polka dots or floral dress every now and then." 


Becks proudly admits that she wears some of her mum's clothing from time to time, saying, "My favourite items of hers are the items she doesn't wear anymore, like her Fendi outfit. They remind me of how fearless my mum was (and is) when it comes to style. Also, her army green dress that I wore recently to the Bata Fashion Weekend. P.S. the dress that I layered underneath belongs to her, too!"



"My mum taught me to never be afraid to take chances and try new looks. That way you'll find your own style in the process."


Owie de Mesa




Clozette Ambassador Chesca De Mesa shares how her mum's fashion evolved through the years, saying,"My mum has been a fashionista since her high school days. And now, as a working mum, she's still really up to the trends. You'll see her around in a girly and rugged look." 



When asked what are her favourite items in her mum's closet, she says, "My favourite items in her closet are her dresses; these are usually in floral and stripes. I sometimes get office wear in her closet as she has the most fab ones."  

Chesca also shares that her mum is her fashion mentor, saying, "My mum usually tells me what to wear and what not — maybe that is one of the reasons that I got to [adopt] her fashion sense. I sometimes copy my mum's outfit during her high school and college days, which are reminiscent of the '70s trend I sometimes like dressing up in an old fashioned way but I put my twists on it."


Kersie Koh



As a stylish mum herself, Clozette Creative Director and Co-founder, Kersie Koh lets us take a peek at her fashion and style. "I have an easy way about dressing and feel most comfortable when I look smart," Kersie says. "I used to wear a lot of pencil skirts in the past; I like feeling feminine and chic in them. Three kids later, with a slightly expanded waistline and the everyday morning rush for the kids' school routine, smart trousers have become almost my daily get-up." 



Although she loves all of the items in her closet, Kersie shares her favourites: "There’re a number of classic items in my closet I stick close to. I have a pair of straight leg jeans that’s been with me for 15 years now and they’re still great. I’m on a constant hunt for good black or white tailored trousers in various lengths. I’m thrilled when I can find a unique top. I would invest in quality heels and statement rings that complete my look."



As a stylish mum, she's very hands-on when it comes to helping her kids dress up. Kersie shares, "My kids are still young so I very much help dress them up — something I love doing. I let them choose and experiment but help keep an eye on the practical stuff like comfort and maintenance. After all, they are not the ones doing the washing and ironing. More importantly, when we’re out, I just want my kids to look neat, smile, and be on their best behaviour. If they can do that, I think they’re cool enough for me." 


(Cover photo from: becksko)




Still looking for a Mother's day present? Spoil your mum with these gifts!

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With summer season in town and humid weather rolling in, what better way to beat the heat than by bringing out the lightest fabric to wear during the hot weather? You may have already seen your favourite digital influencer sporting this versatile key piece out and about town — it’s a love affair with button-downs and blouses. This one key item can spice up your summer wardrobe — from meetings, brunch, date nights, or simply sporting it at your go-to summer destination, this piece can be worn to all of them.

Striped button-downs and blouses are all you need to cop during this summer season. With styles ranging from classic to asymmetrical, you'll surely want to wear this piece to add that little oomph to your wardrobe while you beat the summer heat.

Here are styling inspirations to cop from fashionable ladies who have been sporting this key piece.

Flirty



Sultry






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