Patrick Cox On His David Bowie Tribute, Retail Plans

Catching up with footwear veteran Patrick Cox is always a treat.

The British designer sat down with FN on Monday in London, fresh off his stint at Milan Fashion Week. There, he presented his new collection with Geox, and took in a few shows. In between, he mingled with a few other big shoe names, including Aquazzura’s Edgardo Osorio and Giuseppe Zanotti.

Cox, who has been building his Lathbridge line over the past year, also revealed plans to open a flagship store in London and debut a new e-commerce site. He noted that direct-to-consumer initiatives are becoming a bigger part of every fashion player’s business strategy.

The well-connected designer also showed off his custom David Bowie-inspired sneakers. He also created a few pairs for friends and fashion fans after Bowie’s death earlier this year.

“The day he died, I was reading all sorts of tributes on social media from lifetime fans,” the designer recalled. Cox saw people from Boy George (his own friend of 30 years) to editors Tim Blanks and Dylan Jones posting about the musician’s influence. ” I decided to make a few pairs in homage to David,” he said. “I even made a pair for Kate Moss as she has done some iconic Bowie shoots in her career.”

Cox’s next big project? Paris Fashion Week, where he’s showing Lathbridge at Premiere Classe, with some special guests in tow. “I am taking my English Bulldogs with me,” he said, as he showed off their special passports for the journey.

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