The world needs originals

Clarks Originals presents a new generation of creative pioneers.


On a quest for the like-minded, Clarks Originals got together with a careful selection of fresh new faces. As young pioneers who’d rather write their own story than be a footnote to someone else’s, these diverse faces share one DNA—that of Originals. From music producers and activists to poets and dancers, photographer Paul Wetherell captured the authentic characters in a light and lively story. Let us introduce you.


Jamaica-born, Florida-raised talent Michael-John Harper has a a CV—and body—that’ll make most of us a little envious. Following his graduation from the New World School of the Arts, the contemporary dancer has already toured the world extensively, performing at landmarks including MoMA and the Guggenheim. Make sure you check out his IG account for daily [dreamy] dances; seeing is believing.


Model, actor, activist, recording artist and designer—there’s not enough terms in the world to describe this empowering girl. Currently at the helm of a Berlin-based eyewear label, Fa Empel can also be seen in independent films, major magazines and Rise of the Eco-Warriors, a documentary project battling rainforest destruction in Borneo, her father’s native land. Hats off!


Whether he’s starring in a Lana Del Rey video, DJing at a Clarks Originals party or collaborating with fellow creative Virgil Abloh—Bradley Soileau will always catch your eye. The multi-disciplinary rebel is known for his countless tats and talents, including designing for the fashion label Blackfist, “an extension of his mind and body.”


As one of London’s most exciting radio hosts, Julie Adenuga brings the UK’s music culture to the world on Apple’s Beats 1 Radio. Additionally, you might know her as the writer and presenter of Skepta’s Greatness Only documentary, or as the mastermind behind PLAYit, an online show for unsigned talent. Led by her distinct audible and visible direction, this original is the epitome of “tastemaker”.

Photography: Paul Wetherell


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