6 posts tagged "Common Projects"
It’s only been around for 10 years, but Common Projects can already take credit for one classic design—the inimitable Achilles model—and for building a brand that is now synonymous with quality luxury sneakers.
Founded in 2004, Common Projects is the collective effort of designers Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami. For those who have ever worn or tried on a pair, there is no other option when it comes to high-quality sneakers. Comfortable, sturdy, and distinctively understated, the brand’s cult following is well deserved.
If there’s a secret to their success, it’s simply good taste and quality. “We produce in Italy, and that doesn’t hurt,” says Poopat. “We make what we would like to wear and that’s something usually pretty classic. We’re not so interested in creating the hot new thing and in fact prefer to make something that looks like it’s always been there.”
For the men’s Fall 2014 line, seen here first, rich, earthy-colored leather and suede make up most of the collection, with a few added pops, like the wool camo. Best of the bunch is still the Achilles, now available in low-, mid- and high-cut styles. Fall-appropriate boots will definitely be fan favorites, especially the brown Chelsea boot.
When understated style is the currency you trade on, consistency is of utmost importance. “In some ways we’ve really evolved, and in others we’re exactly the same,” says Girolami. “Starting with just two models, we have now grown to have over 50 styles a season between men’s and women’s. Apart from that, we are still a small independent company, and our process and execution have largely remained the same. We evolve when we need to, and that keeps things real for us.”
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These are such a no-brainer, I hesitate to even put into words why they’re so necessary right now. Just like we need food and sleep and coffee to survive, we need crispy white Italian-made luxury sneakers or life is just not worth getting out of bed for. Look no further than Common Projects—there’s a reason why they’re the go-to for true menswear bosses around the world. You can literally wear them with anything (or nothing—summer!), so that cost-per-wear ratio undoubtedly works in your favor. The only problem is that CPs can quickly become an expensive habit, so good luck limiting yourself to just one pair.
Common Projects Achilles sneakers, $410, Buy it now
Caroline Brasch Nielsen (pictured) may be one of the most stylish models off duty we’ve seen. Props to the Danish stunner who has yet to be snapped in the black skinny jeans, black T-shirt, and motorcycle boot model uniform that her long-legged friends have made famous. Nielsen always takes to the streets in something unique, and she’s never lacking in the accessories department. During Paris Couture, Tommy Ton caught the model in suede chukka sneakers, which made for a quirky but chic twist when paired with a leopard skirt and top and an iconic quilted Chanel bag. Want to step into Nielsen’s shoes? We found four options to try below.
From top left to right: Christian Louboutin Louis sneaker, $925, available at www.us.christianlouboutin.com; Common Projects chukkas, $273, available at www.unitedhabit.com; Vans Houston sneaker, $60, available at www.shop.vans.com; Giuseppe Zanotti sneaker, $850, available at www.giuseppezanotti.com.
It’s a cross-country season for Maria Cornejo. Fresh off the tenth anniversary party for Ikram Goldman’s Ikram boutique in Chicago this weekend, the designer is in Los Angeles, where she’s doing some celebrating of her own. Tonight, she’ll host a dinner for Paula Hayes, whose glass terraria, ceramic birdhouses, and silicone planters she’s showcasing for the next six weeks in her Melrose Avenue boutique. Hayes’ art will be familiar to anyone who’s visited MoMA since last November. Her installation, Nocturne of the Limax Maximus, was on view in the museum’s lobby until mid-April, and the vivid green plants encased within their handblown glass sculptures provided a striking counterpoint to New York’s long, dreary winter. “Paula is an artist who works with organic shapes and forms in unexpected materials,” Cornejo told Style.com. (She’s also a longtime client; Hayes wears Cornejo’s designs almost exclusively.) “I love the way that her terraria are at once very futuristic-looking, yet still encompass the natural world.” (One of said terraria is above.) The best part of the arrangement? Says Cornejo: “Our ficus tree will get a new home in a silicone planter.”
No rest for the green-thumbed, though. Next week, Cornejo’s back in New York, where on Thursday, she’ll host yet another event—her first ever for her fledgling menswear collection. (She shows a few key men’s looks on the women’s runway.) At Project No. 8 Men’s on the Lower East Side, Cornejo will be on hand to style guys, selling the limited-edition tees she designed with husband Mark Borthwick to benefit Doctors Without Borders, and perhaps most tantalizing of all, offering the collaborative Common Projects x Maria Cornejo sneakers (below) that even her own stores don’t carry.
Maria Cornejo will be at Project No. 8 Men’s (38 Orchard St., NYC) from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 19; to RSVP, email email@example.com.
Carrie Bradshaw, patron saint of shoe maximalists everywhere, returns to the cineplex this weekend in Sex and the City 2. While the Bradshaw ilk pay homage to She Who Lives for Louboutins, footwear minimalists taking a pass on the new flick can head to Bergdorf Goodman, where Common Projects’ debut (full) collection of shoes for women is now on sale. The collection’s ultra-basic sandals and ballet flats follow on the brand’s capsule range based on its cult-fave men’s kicks; next season, Common Projects is bulking up on the womenswear basics even more. The Fall ’10 collection (pictured above) includes stripped-down pumps in two heel heights, a range of boots including classic combat and riding styles, and a selection of brogue spinoffs that will make the heart of any androgyny fan beat faster. The Fall collection also includes bags and small leather goods identical to the men’s products. According to Common Projects co-founder Peter Poopat, women were buying the stuff anyway. “In fact,” he says, “way more women bought the duffel style than men.” Poopat adds that Common Projects is planning to expand the bag range in coming seasons, introducing understated clutches, for example. Don’t expect to see any of that product in SATC 3.