If you don’t know who pop artist G-Dragon is now, you certainly will soon. The South Korean singer, who is part of popular performing group Big Bang, also has a successful solo career and has become hugely influential in Asia.
Now G-Dragon is making a splash in the Western world with a collaboration with Giuseppe Zanotti on two shoe styles. It’s no secret that Zanotti enjoys working with recording artists—Rita Ora, FKA Twigs and Nicki Minaj have all worn his designs for performances.
Zanotti says he’s impressed by G-Dragon’s unique musical style. “I love to work with other artists and brainstorm on the creative process,” he says.
The unisex styles—one lace-up dress shoe and one loafer—are hand-embellished with fragments of glitter in what Zanotti says is a nod to ‘80s rock bands.
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G-Dragon says he decided to work with Zanotti after witnessing his passion for design. “From the beginning that gave me confidence and trust in this project,” says G-Dragon. “I thought he could be a great partner and mentor for someone like me who doesn’t have much experience creating shoes.”
G-Dragon says he’s had an attachment to shoes since he was young. “The last thing I check before I go out is always my shoes,” he says. “When you look at [someone’s] shoes you can find out that person’s taste, sense and everything about [them].”
The two styles will be available in October on GiuseppeZanottiDesign.com and in Giuseppe Zanotti retail locations worldwide.