Saturday, March 11, 2017

meet Philippe Zorzetto... le cordonnier



Having now completed a plethora of “interviews,” I found the need to seek out those who have not been represented by their specific field of endeavor, skill or talents … Enter Philippe Zorzetto and his handmade shoes. To my eye, the shoes “speak of” those Capezio jazz shoes that flooded the disco era dance floors of the 70s and of Flamenco boots that inhabit the Iberian Peninsula and idea of what so many varied dancers might be wearing.
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In circumspect, one might say that Zorzetto is influenced by dance, possibly even subconsciously, and of yes course, the distinction here is that his shoes are handmade and are not as ubiquitous or activity specific as the aforementioned styles. He is a designer on the move with his eye toward expansion and a sort of ubiquity that competes within this rarefied sphere of fashion and craftsmanship. Again, in today’s retail atmosphere Zorzetto offers his clients the same options as his aspirational competitors and that is of course his ready to wear range as well as the bespoke options available. The made to order component of fashion has become increasingly important to any luxury brand.
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So here in his own words he speaks to us of his past, present and future for his brand and his projects.
Jeffrey Felner: Why do you believe that your product is better or different than others?
Philippe Zorzetto: I think that life is a mix of meeting, envies and also mistakes. It was not really expected to become a shoe designer even creator, and develop a shoe brand. But today, I believe that there is no hazard, there is only “rendezvous “with yourself. This essential is to try and believe to do things.
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JF: If you could invite any 5 people to dinner who would they be and why?
PZ: There should be different profiles, sometimes surprising one:
Kate Moss, because I think that she should be fun and today she is the style's icon. Pedro Almodovar, because I saw all his movies and I was in Madrid recently, I really love this city Barack Obama, because he is a great president, cultivated and smart.
Catherine Deneuve, because she is the leading lady of French cinema and I grew up watching her movies. Douglas Kennedy, because is the one of my favorite writers, where ever you are, you can read him.
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JF: How to do you envision your brand in the next 5 years in terms of retail expansion or brand extensions?
 PZ: I wish to expand my shops first in Paris, then in Europe and USA to finish. I also wish to develop my brand and new websites which are more interactive with more content and more services.
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JF: If you could choose any collaboration, what or who would it be and why?
 PZ: I would do a collaboration with Ines de la Fressange, because i met her recently and she is the most adorable person that I ever met, and really talented.
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JF: Why do you believe that your product is better or different than others?
 PZ: My shoes are all handmade; I worked hard on the comfort. It was really important to me that my clients feel like they are wearing sneakers but with shoes … same level of comfort. My creations are much stripped down with clean lines that revisit or reference the classics but modernized to accommodate our times.
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