After learning his trade in the footwear industry, Michel Perry designed his first personal collection of women’s shoes in 1987. With this collection, he expressed his unique vision at a time when creative shoemaking was virtually nonexistent.
As a result of his and other designers’ efforts, the context has changed much, but Michel Perry has stayed true to his first loves and inspirations: the street, rock culture, know-how and style.
Appointed artistic director of J.M. Weston in 2001, Michel Perry has a taste for unexpected twists, playing respectfully with tradition and a sense of nonchalant elegance. For him, timeless style and comfort are not mutually exclusive. Technically, Perry gets from his bootmaker knowledge a relevant position on improving innovative designs and structures.
What sparked your interest in designing shoes and contributing to the professional shoe making industry?
Designing a shoe allows you to define a philosophy of life through the drawings. It contributes to masculine elegance, which is above all part of a way of life, rather than fashion.
Unlike a clothing designer who bases his shoe designs on his garments, a shoe designer must adapt to different styles. J.M. Weston customers must be able to wear their shoes with any designer’s clothing, to create a unique style.
Writing the beginnings of a story on a blank page to define its general mood, through shapes, directions and details. All this with the aim of revealing its strength and distinctiveness.
There are two concepts in the definition of shoes: dressing and protecting the foot. The two can live alongside each other, thanks to the magic of J.M. Weston.
The most important thing for me is to stay true to your tastes, to yourself. You must manage to reconcile comfort and elegance, without neglecting the latter, and wear shoes that match your body shape.
To allow you to do so, J.M. Weston offers different styles that can adapt to the individual, with a real concern for elegance.
J.M. Weston’s classic design and tradition?
Without revolutionising the brand’s identity, we work on the slenderness of the shapes and the subtlety of the details. Once the shoe has been created, all of these touches ensure that the models fall in line with tradition yet fit the modern age.
These additions must be subtle, blending into the man’s overall look. It would be a mistake for the shoes to become too obvious and thus a caricature.
THE MIDNIGHT EDITION
The Midnight Limited Edition take its inspiration from the colors of the daytime and night skies above the Parisian roofs.
In bi-material variations that mix velvet and soft leather, the 180 Loafer and Derby Golf come in black or blue tones. This recalls the deep black shades that absorb sunlight during the day, and the intense navy hue of the night sky.
Available for men and women, the Midnight Edition puts a new spin on iconic models : they are fall must-haves in the age of urban life !
THE ULTRA WESTON KNOW-HOW
Going against the tide of the time which celebrated the idol of productivity, Eugène Blanchard, son of the founder of J.M. Weston, decided to create the Ultra Shoe collection in the early 20th century, driven by a new ambition: to dress the great men of this world in creations made with authentic know-how.
A real celebration of the essence of bootmaking know-how and the love of the technique at its most sophisticated extreme, Michel Perry is now looking to pay tribute to this collection. Petit point stitching in pearl grey, hand-painted sole arches, meticulous top-of-the-range sole edges and hand-pegging with W decoration are just some of the details that set this exceptional collection apart from all others.
With this collection, Michel Perry also conjures up the spirit of the founder of J.M. Weston through four styles with an insolent elegance and reinvented timelessness, bearing the philosophy of the Ultra man.
Yves Klein was one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century. As a freethinker and someone who marched to the beat of his own drum, he tirelessly sought to stretch the boundaries of art.
He wanted to capture invisible beauty, while embodying a new way of living as an artist fully devoted to his trade. His unique and revolutionary vision overlaps with the vision of J.M. Weston, a traditional shoemaker that values creativity, craftsmanship and quality.
J.M. Weston teamed up with Yves Klein’s assignees in spring 2016 to revamp the free spirited Moc’ Weston with a new version made of ultramarine suede calfskin. Now, one year later, a new creation is born: the J.M. Weston Klein Blue® sneaker. A must-have item in the men’s and women’s wardrobes, sneakers are the ideal medium of expression to reinterpret fashion codes and create an original work of art.
This sneaker is available in a limited edition (800 pairs) for men and women.
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