John Lobb launches a new project which celebrates the distinct artistry present in its Paris bespoke atelier. The Architects’ Series invites creatives from varying fields to collaborate on an annual project in the spirit of innovation and craftsmanship. For its inaugurate series, six renowned architects were invited to design a distinct pair of bespoke shoes with no restraints. David Chipperfield, Kengo Kuma, Yung Ho Chang, Vladimir Plotkin, Dominique Perrault and James Ramsey each worked with the Paris Atelier to create a unique pair of shoes made to their exacting standards. Featured in the first series are a wraparound sandal imagined by Mr Kuma crafted from suede ribbon, a hybrid seamless shoe/sandal with the distinctive single John Lobb buckle created for Mr. Chang, and a linear elastic sided chelsea boot crafted for Sir David Chipperfield. The Architects’ Series highlights the infinite possibilities of masterful technique present in the John Lobb Atelier. The unique and collaborative project brings together diverse individuals united through shared values of craftsmanship, innovation and quality.
An elastic-sided Chelsea boot in tobacco suede, made from only two pieces of leather.
A combination of a high shoe and a very low boot, composed of matte leather and finished with a rubber sole inspired by car tyres.
A low, black buffalo calf boot featuring water and snow proof Norwegian welting on a rubber sole.
A wraparound sandal with a concealed toe, crafted from suede ribbon.
A black and white lace-up design with hexagonal perforations inspired by Moscow’s iconic Melnikov House, designed by Konstantin Melnikov in 1927.
YUNG HO CHANG
A hybrid shoe-cum-sandal featuring a lateral window and a strap finished with the distinctive single John Lobb buckle.