Catching up with Gherardo Felloni, the creative director of luxury shoe brand Roger Vivier, in New York was an exhilarating experience. Felloni was being honored with the Footwear News Achievement Award for Designer of the Year, a significant moment in his career. Despite English not being his first language, Felloni managed to deliver a moving speech, expressing his gratitude and recognizing the challenge of balancing artistic vision with business success.

While in New York, Felloni made it a point to oversee the refurbishment of the brand’s flagship store on 60th Street. The revamped store will feature a fresh layout, with more space dedicated to showcasing additional product categories like hats, gloves, jewelry, and bags. The new design pays homage to the brand’s rich heritage, with elements like natural wood floors, walls adorned with pink fabric, and iconic mirrors.

Felloni believes that there is a strong sartorial connection between New York and Paris. He perceives New York women to have a practical approach to fashion, inspiring him to create the Canard shoe design, which embodies American style. Despite the cultural differences, Felloni admires how receptive and enthusiastic Americans are about fashion, always ready to embrace new trends.

Given his demanding schedule, Felloni rarely stays in one place for long. He frequently travels to meet with clients and press, drawing inspiration from the diverse cultural cues of each destination. During his recent travels, he had the pleasure of connecting with well-known celebrities both in New York and Los Angeles. Felloni admires the elegant yet casual fashion sense that pervades Los Angeles, while he finds New Yorkers to be slightly more conservative or casual in their style preferences at the moment.

As the creative force behind Roger Vivier, Felloni continues to push boundaries and set trends in the competitive fashion industry. His unyielding passion for design and ability to assimilate cultural influences ensure that he will leave an indelible mark in the world of luxury footwear.

Useful Links:
1. Official Roger Vivier Website
2. Footwear News (relevant for information on the publication)