Screamin' Jay Hawkins
NaNa: L.A. punk to its roots

No doubt you've noticed the high-fashion takes on Dr. Martens by designers Yohji Yamamoto and Raf Simons, or the classic eight-hole boots that Cory Kennedy, Tennessee Thomas and other L.A. It girls are sporting in lieu of heels these days. Apparently, the grunge revival is right on schedule. But what most fashion followers don't realize about these working-class staples turned rebel regalia turned teen trend is that without a local company called NaNa, which was the brand's chief U.S. distributor in the '80s and '90s, Docs might have stayed the sole province of British punks and postmen. The last NaNa store closed its doors in October 2001, but the community that...