Using luxury materials, Barneys New York has teamed up with Amsterdam-based designer Guillaume Philibert of Filling Pieces to launch three new exclusive styles for the season. We spoke with Senior Footwear Buyer and the creator of Sole Series, Chris Pepe, to learn more about the inspiration behind the mid-tops. “For our collaboration with Filling Pieces, we knew we wanted to keep the materials luxe all around. On these three sneakers, we chose a high-quality leather and then switched up the sole, which was a newly designed amber option,” Pepe tells us.
This new take on sophisticated sneakers was a fun partnership for Pepe and his team to work on. “Guillaume is an architect by training, so his designs have a more ‘architectural’ feel to them,” he continued. “From the upper of the shoe, down to these new soles he’s created, you can see that influence.”
The leather sneakers are available in three popular colorways; a classic black/navy mix, white with black details, or a trend-forward pink shade with soft grey accents. “Pink men’s sneakers have been doing very well as of late, so we wanted to offer our own exclusive take,” he notes.
The three premium Filling Pieces styles are available exclusively at Barneys online and Barneys New York store locations. Check back for more BNY Sole Series styles, as new limited-edition releases will continue throughout the year.