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New York-based footwear designer Paul Andrew introduced his forthcoming sneaker collaboration with musician and actor Ansel Elgort spontaneously at an unlikely location Wednesday night time (Might 31) -- a dinner social gathering hosted by British fragrance brand, Jo Malone London.
In keeping with WWD, Elgort stood alongside Andrew as he toasted to their partnership, explaining that the pair met when Elgort beforehand presented Andrew with the Designer of the 12 months award at the Footwear News Achievement Awards back in November, and it was then when the concept to collaborate together was sparked.
"We were within the automobile that I mentioned, ‘I would like to do a collaboration with you,’ which I stated kind of as a joke, but critically, and he stated, ‘Yeah we should always,’" Elgort explained. "Eventually we truly received together."
Elgort took interest in the model when Andrew sent him a pair of white excessive-tops after the awards, "I wore the sh-- out of them -- or ‘cooked’ them," Elgort mentioned. "I appreciated that I might put on them with shorts and socks like you'd a pair of Nikes, or I might wear them with jeans, or with a pair of pants. They had been youthful and basic. They really feel like they could work with too much of various kinds."
"The motive why I wished to do a sneaker was as a result of as a brand new Yorker, I walk everywhere. I want to be able to hop on a CitiBike, or jump on a skateboard, or [play] pickup basketball if I see a sport," Elgort mentioned. "Paul Andrew shoes are clearly well made, everybody can tell that they’re really nice footwear - however they’re underexposed. I thought that if we did a collaboration together, I might help expose him, and also assist bring much more flash to his footwear," Elgort added.
He is nothing however assured that his line will do well, particularly after carrying a pair of his excessive-tops out to the NBA All-Star recreation in New Orleans and obtained numerous compliments from spectators. "I got stopped so many occasions due to my footwear," he stated.