After working closely together, Filling Pieces and I have formed a strong relationship. Once I saw the results yielded from our first collaboration, I knew the partnership was necessary to reprise.
I am a footwear fan first and foremost, not just a sneakerhead. I have love for all types of footwear, not only athletic models. The mindset entering a project such as this is a lot different than the mindset when entering a runner because its supposed to be the alternative pick. By being able to create the type of product I do with Filling Pieces, I am able to cater to a different audience than when I work with athletic brands. These offer a different side of life. Something slightly more sophisticated.
With the last pack, I only offered one pattern. I believe this offering is better rounded. I wanted to give more diversity, as I wanted there to be something for everyone. Now, you have the opportunity to get something quilted, or something smooth, or something with a print. The Navy / Gum model was actually developed during our first effort, but we felt it was too strong enough to release the first time around, so we wanted to save it for round two. The handcrafted all-leather upper is very luxe, being completely hand made in Portugal. The Light Tan execution offers a smooth texture for a more everyday wear. The thick leather is built to beat up, while the light tan color ages beautifully. Rose Gold eyelets add a luxurious element while complementing the shade of the leather. Lastly, the Dragon-debossed iteration provides a special pattern. Something more atypical. It is a more high-profile shoe than the other two, really designed for those times you really want to stand out. In this way, these shoes do not just cater to a different audience, they each cater to a different occasion.
Each premium makeup is lined with supple cow leather for max comfort. Each one is also accompanied by total custom packaging. Starting from the custom box to the custom wrapping paper to the custom wooden shoetrees to an extra set of custom footbeds and laces. I genuinely believe what people will receive is worth more than the $220 USD asking price. I say it every time I discuss a new shoe, but that is because I feel I need to give back to our following and community. That has been the motto from the beginning.
The Ronnie Fieg x Filling Pieces RF-Mid Part II Collection will be available tomorrow, Saturday, September 20, at Kith Manhattan at 644 Broadway, Kith Brooklyn at 233 Flatbush, and online at KithNYC.com at 11AM EST. The release will be first come, first served.