What are your bestsellers?
We have a collection called Opus which is made up of our bestselling styles. Never in sale and available year round, they always do really well. It’s hard to choose a favourite because it’s constantly changing. At the moment, it’s probably the new Hiker Low style launching on 20th January – it’s something new, different and exciting.
Tell us about your newest collection...
The Drake Hiker Low is our first venture into sneakers, created as part of our new campaign, ‘In Pursuit Of Adventure’. We’re launching in collaboration with professional skier Jon Olsson and Formula One driver Jenson Button. This style has been designed with adventure and versatility in mind: we’ve extracted key hiking boot features such as the eyelets, hiker laces and webbing to give the shoe a distinct identity and travel feel. Each pair also comes with a carabiner which clips through the heel tabs of both shoes so that you can clip them onto your backpack. As with all our shoes, they are handmade in England.
How would you wear a pair of your Chelsea boots?
Sometimes less is more: a clean and crisp white tee with some well-fitted black jeans. The beauty of Chelsea boots is they’re so versatile and, I’d argue, can be worn any time, all year round.
What about a pair of your velvet loafers?
I think velvet loafers are ideal for dressing up and making a statement, so a nice tailored dinner suit always works well. For the most part, I’d say no socks if you’re going for a more formal look; however, socks with loafers and jeans work well.
Any tips on keeping suede looking fresh?
After each wear, give your shoes a brush down to remove any dirt. When you’re not wearing them, keep them in a dry place and I’d also suggest using shoe trees to ensure they hold their shape. We’re partnered with Liquiproof, which is brilliant when it comes to shoe-care kits. Good suede shoes really aren’t as delicate as you may think.
What’s next for D+D?
One of our big current projects is opening our first US store in New York.
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