Peter Poopat and Flavio Girolami cofounded Common Projects primarily to meet their own needs for well-designed sneakers. Selfish? Maybe a little, but also visionary. When the duo started making shoes in 2004, few companies were producing sneakers that fulfilled their aesthetic requirements: minimalist design, subtle colors, and top-quality construction. With the introduction of the Common Projects Achilles sneaker, Poopat and Girolami soon realized they were onto something big — especially when their fan base expanded to include the likes of fashion-forward celebrities Kanye West and Jay-Z. The Common Projects line still features the Achilles as well as boots, high heels, and the Rec shoe — a sneaker/chukka hybrid. Every Common Projects shoe is made in Italy and features a stitched, Vulcanized rubber sole for maximum durability. Though footwear remains Common Projects’ core business, in recent years the label has begun producing handbag and accessories and also collaborated with Moscot on a line of sunglasses.
The “common” in Common Projects is more about the collaboration of the label’s designers than it is about the craft of their uncommonly well-made, handsome shoes. Creating the perfect sneaker was the shared goal of longtime friends Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami (based in New York and Italy, respectively), who combined forces, along with their collective industrial and graphic design backgrounds, to found the label. Purposely understated, Common Projects shoes are utilitarian and iconic; they crave anonymity with their lack of exterior branding, and come in basic colors. Yet the fine quality of the leathers, the hand stitching and the Italian craftsmanship make these “anonymous” shoes the ones that everyone wants to get acquainted with.
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