Tom Ford In Trainer U-Turn
Tom Ford will release his first collection of trainers this year, the company has confirmed. It’s a move many view as a U-turn from the designer, who previously stated he was not interested in the market.
“When I started this company I swore I would never make tennis shoes,” said the 52-year-old. “However, when I found a way to make them look like ‘us’, I changed my mind.”
Velvet and leather has been used for the construction of the autumn/winter 2014 collection, which was inspired by the firm’s already established shoe range.
Retro hi- and low-top silhouettes are available and see polished uppers in shades of brown, chestnut, oxblood, and forest green sit atop white contrast soles. The polishing process used takes around three days, arguably justifying the £420 and £590 price tags, respectively.
The collection is made up of seven leather colour options, and five velvet. True to form, the US designer and director has shunned using nylon or big logos.
All of the footwear will be sold in Tom Ford boutiques from June, including those in the UK.
Ford, who was born in Texas, opened his first store in Britain last summer on London’s Sloane Street. The former Gucci Artistic Director now lives in London, basing his company’s headquarters in Victoria.
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