How do you wear sneakers?
Luxury sneaker have elevated a casual staple into a fashion statement and they can be worn for most occasions. They are easy to mix with suiting and make it less serious. They can lift an understated outfit. I love experimenting with my personal style and have fun doing so. Style these days is about boundless freedom – the beauty of modern luxury is the absence of rules.
What are the most important elements of luxury sneaker design?
Luxury sneakers need to defy their functional appearance and take on a refined look with luxe materials and distinctive detailing, complementing the personality of the wearer. I make the shift from street style to a statement piece of footwear with a deliberate approach and I enjoy the transition of a sporty silhouette into an elevated style. The luxury sneaker is all about versatility, and there is almost no aesthetic that doesn’t look good with a sports shoe right now.
You’re famous for pushing the boundaries of sneaker aesthetics. What drives you to do it?
Experimenting with different materials and textures and developing new technical fabrics and finishes pushes me to innovate, to find new solutions in unexpected mixes. Whether with deliberately exaggerated proportions, unfinished looks, colour effects or distressed materials juxtaposed in no apparent order, I team up leathers and fabrics with metal or a three-dimensional embroidery to create a skilfully orchestrated fusion of ideas.