Mak­ing huge strides

Wear Steph Cop’s artis­tic in­spi­ra­tions on your feet.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - TRENDS - –ByWil­liamK.CKee

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.

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