How does it feel to be a part of this project with Birkenstock and Selfridges?
It feels super overwhelming to get an opportunity of this magnitude in such an early point of my career as a designer. To get an opportunity to have my name on such a democratic product, which will reach so many people because of Selfridges and Birkenstock.
For this collaboration with Birkenstock, your inspiration came from Brâncuși – a classic reference. What was it that fascinated you about his work?
I decided on working with Brâncuși as a reference because I really liked the simplicity of his work. Upon further research into Brâncuși, you find all these minor details that are quite contradictory, such as a smooth surface, but somewhere the sculptures have zigzags forced into the marble or brass, which contrasts with what you see overall when first looking. This became the foundation of my idea for my sandals.
How did you decide on the colour palette for your shoe?
I wanted to use the colours from Brâncuși’s world, with a harsh contrast like metallic silver.
What were the things that surprised and intrigued you most during your explorations into the Birkenstock history and archive?
When starting this project, I really didn’t know that much about Birkenstock as a whole, so I was actually super surprised about finding out Birkenstock has existed since 1774. I was also intrigued to learn that Birkenstock was the first to ever put shape into the insole of shoes – before, all shoes were completely flat inside.
You have a background in tailoring. What role do structure and shape play in your work?
For me, studying tailoring definitely affects the way I appreciate and approach garments. I love the work that goes into making structured garments. When I have the time to really put in that effort, it becomes very meditative for me. I can sit and hand-sew for hours without stopping. And I think that’s where my love of embellishment also comes into the picture; I really like the meditative aspect of embroideries.