ABOUT THE COLLABORATION
Eugène Riconneaus introduced a limited edition of seven sports shoes and a Jodhpur at boutique Colette in the exhibition of curiosities of Thomas Erber. 25 artists (houses, artists, designers …) created a piece (accessory, apparel, photo, …) exclusively for this event which took place from November 29 to December 31, 2010, rue Saint-Honoré.
All were chosen by Thomas Erber for their work of high quality and with a certain idea of luxury linked to the know-how. His plays were therefore revealed as « curiosities » in destination of an audience of notified connoisseurs . It is how along with world renown houses such as Jaeger-Lecoultre, Kitsuné, or Pinel & Pinel , that the Benjamin of the firm, down from his 20-year-old has invited the curious to discover the shoe « Calcutta » and the Jodhpur « Thomas. »
Eugène doesn’t create sneakers but «souliers de sport» as Eugènes describes, which makes a big difference. The shoes Calcuta reminds us of the first models which he created and sold, notably in Joyce at Hong Kong two years ago. Eugène has showed a white unique unisex version for the exhibition of curiosity, a timeless version. The shoes upper is in soft calfskin box. It has pinked edges also called « notched cutouts » true hallmark of the designer. The laces in cotton blend according to the desire of each person with interchangeable leather tassels. And according to the eccentricity of the buyers, this unique shoe has also a removable fringe attached to the shoe by means of a button loop which threads the tongue piercing a « silver » loop. The soles are sewed ‘blake’ on the edges. And to refine it all, the pair of boot is accompanied by a kit « crêpe brush and a pot of white wax CREAM edited by Sapphire » designed to embellish and sustain the leather. Finally, the last essential detail, these «souliers de sport» were crafted ntirely in France.
The particularity of this boot is based on the ingenious system of two button loops adapting to one another in the style of a cardigan, in order to wrap the feet within « silk », all closes by a « silver » loop. The form in an English size delivers us a high dizzyingly arched upper, resulting from a conflicted relationship and a reward from what he had established during his teenage years with a former shoemaker in Northampton.
The manufacturing of a pair of shoes requires not less than 180 phases including the very long technique of the Goodyear stitching. The patina has been handmade by a « maître patineur » and differs depending on the density and richness of leathers, which guarantees the uniqueness of every pair. This boot available on order is produced in a single pair by size and half size, to assign precisely the exclusivity to each of its buyers.