Making huge strides
Wear Steph Cop’s artistic inspirations on your feet.
APAIR of shoes can be just protective foot covering or it can be a fashion statement which defines your style. The sneaker brand Feiyue, which means “flying forward” in Mandarin, was started in the 1920s in China.
It took three men – Nicolas Seguy, Patrice Bastian and Clement Fauth – who are selfconfessed globetrotters and sneaker-lovers from France, to turn it around from an unassuming humdrum label into the popular modern street footwear it is today.
Over the past few years, Feiyue and French designer Steph Cop have worked closely together, resulting in quirky, edgy shoe designs.
The latest, for Fall/Winter 2010, is the special 10N28E series. The minimalist canvas shoes with abstract designs echo the ARO character (which began life as an oversized carved wooden sculpture before appearing in other forms).
Accompanying each limitededition pair is a rare ARO collectible in one of five striking colours: pink, green, blue, purple and grey.
To celebrate the release of this latest collection, Cop recently brought all the sculpture incarnations of his ARO character under one roof at ZINC Art Space in Bangsar, Kuala Lumpur.
Born in the late 1960s in Paris, Cop’s personal artistic journey began with that quintessential art for anyone who grew up in the capital in the 1980s: grafitti. The walls and trains of Paris and the suburbs made for an endless canvas.
After spending several years filling the walls with his pictures, the insatiable Cop continued his graphic prose on new materials such as cotton, resin, wood, leather and plastic.
In 2000, Cop founded his own design label called Graphik Dzign and developed co-branding partnerships. To make up for his lack of communication with the world around him, the artist took refuge in each of the disciplines he decided to study.
A series of characters titled “Imaginary Friends” were born of this premise, including his most outstanding creation, ARO. It was an incarnation of Cop’s own feelings, as the central theme of his world.
Now, Feiyue fans can wear Cop’s designs on their feet. n Priced at RM399, Feiyue’s Steph Cop line is sold at H5, located at Bangsar Village II, Kuala Lumpur.
Targeted at the young and young-at-heart, Feiyue shoes come in attractive shades.
Artsy: French designer Steph Cop’s personal artistic journey began with that quintessential art for anyone who grew up in the capital in the 1980s – grafitti.