Sole recently caught up with Filling Pieces founder & creative director Guillaume Philibert to discuss the brand's origins and plans for 2015.
Established in 2009, Filling Pieces is a footwear label founded by designer Guillaume Philibert. The independent label quickly gained a strong reputation, utilizing eye-catching patterns, premium materials and attractive silhouettes, all in its mission to bridge the gap between haute couture and street fashion.
Sole: When and how was the brand established?
Guillaume: Filling Pieces started around early 2010. I started the brand out of a passion for footwear, and to seek a product that wasn’t readily available at the time. Back when I collected a lot of shoes, from high-end to street wear, I couldn’t find a product that shared both influences. I looked around for brands that made shoes that would be affordable, luxe, but still kind of sporty. When I found out this wasn’t really done well, I started sketching and sampling my own product.
S: What is the story behind the brand's name?
G: Filling Pieces… bridge the gap between the high-end and street footwear.
S: How does Amsterdam's culture affect Filling Pieces designs?
G: The style in Amsterdam is a good mix of street and high-end. We try to play on this fact, and our designs reflect this culture.
S: What are your thoughts on European manufacturing, and why is this important for Filling Pieces?
G: To be honest we started manufacturing in China where we were able to start a small production line. After a couple of seasons we decided to move our production to Portugal, because the lines are closer for communication, culture and shipping. Everything is hand-cut and mostly hand-stitched.
S: What are your goals for 2015 and beyond?
G: Filling Pieces has opened its first pop-up store in London’s Shoreditch. We have plans for the brands expansion and to work closely with all the top retailers in this industry.