The Canadian footwear brand Cougar Shoes, introduces its Cougar x Jill Malek collection. The collection features one of Cougar’s best-selling styles, the Kensington Chelsea Rain Boot, in a custom pattern, Rainshine, exclusively designed by Malek. Taking its inspiration from the beauty of rain and the light that shines as it falls on objects, the collection consists of four limited-edition colorways: Tea, Lake, Mica, and Night.
The collaboration offers consumers the perfect boot, marrying functionality and style. Cougar President, Steve Sedlbauer, shares his insights; “Consumers are demanding more than just functionality. They’re inspired by the things around them like fashion, art, music and interior design. This exclusive partnership with Jill Malek captures that inspiration and translates it into something new. I’m proud of this exclusive partnership that, from a branding perspective, appeals to both retailers and consumers alike. It’s a very exciting development for Cougar.”
Malek, an award-winning designer of bespoke wall coverings and rugs, has garnered global acclaim; and her work has appeared in countless high-profile international interiors. Her passion lies in creating pieces that are inspired by nature and rain, evoking an emotional feeling. “Consistently inspired by moving forms in nature, it is my mission to create pieces that promote a sense of calm and fluidity in our hectic world. Partnering with Cougar has enabled me to bring the story of translucent rain to their amazing rain boot, while also allowing me to experiment with new materials.”
The Rainshine pattern uses metallic reflective elements to mirror the visual of rain “catching the light”. The geometric print is fully wrapped on the shell of the Kensington Boot. This original style was launched in 2016 and has grown to be one of Cougars top styles. The boot features the Cougar “Always Waterproof” guarantee, custom webbing with pull tab, and an anti-slip sole.