Melissa and the architect

Melissa_creamIconic shoe brand Melissa’s latest collaboration brings the touch of leading Italian architect and designer Gaetano Pesce to the collection, resulting in a uniquely customisable shoe.

The limited edition Melissa Gaetano Pesce ankle boot is comprised of interconnected circles that can be either cut out, painted or embellished, or left as they are, with the brand encouraging its fans to experiment and make the style their own.

Known for his most famous building the “Organic Building” in Osaka, Japan, Gaetano Pesce was born in La Spezia, Italy, in 1939, and studied architecture at the University of Venice. He has worked worldwide as anarchitect and designer for companies such as B&B Italia, Vitra and Cassina. A resident of New York since 1980, Gaetano has been a guest professor in institutions including the Cooper Union in New York and the Institut d’Architecture et d’Etudes Urbaines in Strasbourg. His designs have been included in the collections of MoMA and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Immortalised by leading designers, creators and architects including Jean-Paul Gaultier, Vivienne Westwood, Isabela Capeto and Zaha Hadid, Brazilian-born brand Melissa is now regarded as one of the world’s most iconic “eco” footwear brands.

Made from eco-friendly mono materials that can easily be disassembled and recycled, 100 per cent of materials are used in the brand’s production with zero wastage. Melissa also adheres to a strict policy of fair wages and conditions for all its workers.

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