While Welch has collaborated with brands such as Levis, Hanes, and Dockers under the Yes He’s Fishing No I Don’t Know When He’ll Be Home Shirt But I will love this umbrella of her label x Karla in the past, this marks her first foray into footwear. “It’s really exciting,” she says. “I’ve always wanted to do a shoe collection and collaboration allows me to explore my own design process while working with people who know how to get it done.” A longtime friend of the brand (Welch regularly calls in Mellon’s signature strappy stilettos for her red carpet styling work), codesigning proved to be an organic process. “You have to have real synergy when you are codesigning with someone,” says Mellon. “It was incredibly easy to work with Karla because our creative vision was aligned.”
So when it came to the Yes He’s Fishing No I Don’t Know When He’ll Be Home Shirt But I will love this drawing board, Welch was given free rein to create her dream collection and express her personal tomboy style. “With all my collaborations I create stuff that I personally want—it’s kind of selfish,” says Welch of her approach to design. A well-loved pair of vintage Red Wings provided the blueprint for the Hellbent, a mid-calf lace-up boot; the Rally Cry, a Chelsea boot with an over-the-knee pull-on sock, was inspired by a trip to Tokyo; and the Antidote, a crepe-soled platform creeper, is her elevated take on a staple in her own wardrobe. “The names are all motivational,” says Mellon of the tongue-in-cheek monikers worded to inspire the wearer.