United Nude Founder Rem D. Koolhaas’ Dream Dinner Date And Latest Obsessions

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United Nude's Rem D. Koolhaas.

United Nude is celebrating some new creative partnerships, working with Japanese designer Issey Miyake and with Dutch shoe designer Jan Jansen on a pair of collab collections for spring ’17.

“We get a lot of requests for collaborations. Sometimes we do it more for image or exposure, and sometimes we do it for an experiment or a commercial exercise,” said brand founder and creative director Rem D. Koolhaas. “We’ve been collaborating with a lot of extreme brands, and I’m excited about it.” (United Nude also recently opened a pop-up shop in New York’s Soho neighborhood and is plotting a curated retail concept space, with a gallery vibe in mind, in the Los Angeles area.)

Shoes for the Met Gala United Nude’s 3-D printed shoes, in collaboration with Brooklyn-based design studio Francis Bitonti. Courtesy Image.

For the spring collection, Koolhaas and his team added a wider variety of silhouettes. “We have a lot of nice bright colors and comfortable flats,” he said. “In the beginning, the majority of the shoes were high heels; now we make more flats. We’ve had a new design team for a couple of seasons and are taking steps forward together.”

Here, the designer shares the music at the top of his personal chart, his favorite family activities and the person he’d love to dine with.

Azzedine Alaia Fringe Platform Sandals Beyoncé wore these sold-out Azzedine Alaïa platform fringe sandals. Courtesy of Lyst.

BRANDS I ADMIRE: “I like so many for so many different reasons: Alaïa, Alexander Wang, Hervé Léger. I’m also a fan of Adidas.”

NEXT TRAVEL DESTINATION: “I’ve never been to Hawaii. Now that I’m moving to Los Angeles, we’re going on holiday to see all the places I’ve never been.”

MUSIC OBSESSION: “I’m into the latest Drake album. His music is sometimes a bit cheesy, but I like cheesy music.”

Russell Brand Russell Brand REX Shutterstock.

DREAM DINNER DATE: “Russell Brand. He wants to wake people up, and he’s a strong critic for a lot of things. He would be so funny and make a nice mess of the dinner.”

BEST FAMILY ACTIVITIES: “I like to draw with my kids. I also like to swim with them, so we go to the beach.”

TOP SHOPPING SPOTS: “I like to buy new products on Kickstarter. I buy different types of cameras, and on my birthday, I got a pretty good drone.”

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