He may be based in Los Angeles, but Jon Buscemi went back to his roots to find inspiration for his fall ’16 line — specifically, to his native New York.
“The collection is called ‘Street Elegance,’ ” said the luxury sneaker designer. “You’ll see a lot of street influences in the collection but executed at the highest level.”
The fall series includes styles such as the B-Court basketball sneaker, the workwear-inspired Site boot and the Cage sneaker that is finished with an 18-karat, gold-plated chain-link fence detail. “We’re always playing with taking something lo-fi from the streets and making it high-end,” Buscemi said.
Skate culture also played a big influence. “I got bit by the skateboarding bug in the 7th grade,” he said. “We’d jump on the train and skate the city all day.”
In addition, the collection looked to the city’s more glamorous side.
For instance, the label’s 100mm men’s Palm high-top, which has 6,000 points of embroidery, mimics the Martinique palm-tree wallpaper found at Indochine, one of New York’s trendiest restaurants.
Slip-on sneakers with oversized bows were inspired by women’s couture collections. “We did a really beautiful satin material, which is reminiscent of a couture gown,” he said. “It’s a woven satin in lilac and grey, and we paired it with the lamb leather bow.”
Continuing his New York theme, in August, the designer will open his first standalone store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood at Wooster and Broome.
“This is my first store, so I’m very excited about it,” said Buscemi. “We get marked as an L.A. brand because that’s where my headquarters is, but really the heart is in New York. It’ll be more of a destination location. We wanted to be ‘off-broadway.’ ”