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MICHEL PERRY

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.

MICHEL PERRY

INTERVIEW IN L'OFFICIEL HOMMES
February 10th  2012


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.

Do you use any popular elements from designing clothes in the making of your shoes? How do you combine them?

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.

What are the most interesting aspects of your job?

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.

How important are shoes to you? Do you have any advice for men when choosing shoes?

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.

How do you add new elements whilst still maintaining
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.

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JUIN 2017

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.

PARIS SUR COURT

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MAI 2017

Looking defiantly at each other, the opponents take their positions on court.
Preparing for the attack, they leap into action, their movements spontaneous but considered, sharp and precise, free yet controlled. Although pitted against each other, the rivals share a symmetry of movement and a common objective: conquering the clay.

Transposing the energy of a tennis match and the beauty of its movement into dance - this is the creative aim of Neels Castillon, director of 'Paris sur Court'. The film features Le Moc’ Weston Roland-Garros, the result of a successful collaboration between the long-established shoemaker and the Parisian tournament. This year sees the Roland-Garros brand celebrate its thirtieth anniversary. From the banks of the Seine to the Philippe Chatrier Court at Roland-Garros, choreographer Marion Motin and dancer Léo Handtschoewercker highlight the elegance and lightness of Le Moc’ through a rhythmical performance in a capital city that has become their stage.


LE MOC’ WESTON 2017 FOR MEN

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AVRIL 2017

J.M. Weston welcomes the balmy weather with le Moc’ for men new variations.
For the upcoming season, the brand’s artistic director Michel Perry has designed Le Moc’ in pink suede calfskin and in black grained calfskin.
These are two rock and sophisticated versions of Le Moc’ to highlight the uniqueness and rush of freedom it conveys.

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