“Collaborations to me need to be the result of creative minds working and thinking together,” says Zegna artistic director Alessandro Sartori in relation to the Italian house’s latest collaboration with London-based footwear designer Daniel Bailey, aka Mr. Bailey and founder of CONCEPTKICKS – a shrine to all things footwear.
Blending techniques, sensibilities and styles, together the two designers have realised a special capsule of Triple Stitch MRBAILEY sneakers. Within an ethos of contemporary craft, they looked towards Zegna’s classic Triple Stitch footwear silhouette and hit reset. Deconstructed and reworked, these new signatures are built from tactile layers of suede and leather and hand-applied wraparound midsole, and boast a carbonised-inspired finish drawn from yakisugi, a traditional Japanese method of wood preservation.
“What made this collaboration unique was having access to ZEGNA’s family-owned manufacturing facilities – a playground for any designer. This allowed us to experiment with different types of constructions — ultimately landing on the idea of re-contextualising leather-crafted footwear for the luxury market,” says Bailey.
The Zegna MRBAILEY sneakers are available now exclusively at Kith stores and online.