Integral to this luxury shoe brand is the relationship between fashion and technology. Utilising 3D printing in their products, sisters Katherine and Anna create pieces that epitomise experimental artistry. Whilst in the LFW showrooms, we spoke to Anna’s Assistant, Klaudia about the brand’s aesthetic inspirations, the future of design and the importance of production.
Can you tell us a bit about the inspiration for the face you use on the shoes?
Klaudia: So the inspiration for the face comes from Greek mythology; the face is actually a scanned from a sculpture of Apollo, the Greek god. I think it was Anna’s first inspiration in University as a collection and then there was a lot of interest around it, so she decided to use it as the actual statement of the pieces. We have an Apollo shoe, which is the statement of the whole collection that is actually covered with marble. The first collection, I believe, was called Marble, so we 3D printed the face, and then we covered it with marble effect. Also each shoe has a different name so we have a red shoe with fur called Aphrodite who is the Greek god of sex so it’s sexy because the shoe is a statement with the red fur around the ankle. We also have a shoe called Chaos that [as you can tell by the name] has lots going on.
How do you combine technology and fashion, and is this the way forward for fashion?
Klaudia: Everyone is interested in new technologies in fashion, 3D printing and laser cutting, it’s so useful even in early stages. Right now at Universities we can use 3D printing for a small amount of money and it’s not very complicated. So going forward people will be using that to make something new and original and I guess everyone likes something [different]. An interest in 3D printing definitely exists in our brand and I think other people will be using this as well.
How do you incorporate the season’s trends into your designs whilst keeping them original with your own person touch?
Klaudia: I think that the colours definitely change, so for our summer collection called ‘Lemon Tree’, based on the song, we have many different colours. It’s a very classical form of the shoe; even though it could be a mule it will have this funky element to it like the tassels that you can put them around your ankle. The silhouettes are very simple so we have the same shoe in different colours and it’s already changing the whole idea. So it’s the same with the Apollo, the signature style, we have the black with marble that is a classical design, that we can carry through out ten to fifteen years or so, and it will never change. We just change the textures and the colours [according to the season’s trends].
What is your favourite piece from the A/W17 collection?
Klaudia: I don’t know if Anna [the creative mind] will agree with me, but I’m originally from Poland where we have officer’s boots, it was a classical statement for every woman to have. When I was little, my mum had them and I had the smaller version of classic black boots and it just reminded me of them but [reworked] with funky new technology. The Ganor Dominic boots have a leather embossed face with silicon inside, so it’s like a funky element to a classic shoe, so that’s why I’d pick it. It just reminded me of something that has been around for ages and been brought back with a change.