An object of even deeper affinity
Founder Victor Hsu presents FACTO – The luxurious F/W 2015 collection constructed in the same Italian factory where Lanvin and Jimmy Choo produce their sneakers.
Introducing FACTO and the driving inspirations behind Victor’s vision -
I began designing shoes in New York in my mid 20s. Now, almost a decade later, I am discovering a fundamental evolution in that which I seek intellectually, spiritually and subsequently from the material realm. I began to sense that culture was becoming increasingly inundated with saccharine laden, instant gratification delights, mass produced and marketed to promote a commercial cycle of gross consumption, obsolescence and waste. While I may even partake in the occasional indulgence, I decided I wanted to invent something more substantial, more nourishing for the soul. I traveled to Tuscany, near the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci, where I found a producer making footwear for many of the world’s most storied fashion houses. At this echelon of manufacturing, I had to consider the very concept of luxury. Is it meant to be an indicator of taste or wealth? Comfort or social status? Luxury may well encompass all this, but I wondered if it could be something more. In its highest form, shouldn’t luxury be able to convey something as ethereal as spiritual status? If a pair of eyes could be the windows to the soul, why couldn’t a pair of shoes do the same? Why can’t the limitations of time itself be unlocked by thoughtful design and surpassing durability? Living amidst Japan’s culture of unforgiving standards of service and quality, it becomes easy to adopt their augmented expectations of luxury. In pursuit of this form of craft, I confronted the premise that products made with quality at its core, inevitably possess a longer physical lifespan. It thus became an essential driving force behind the design, which meant the silhouettes, colors and materials used would have to transcend the cycles of trend, and defy the natural course of diminishing beauty and utility. Reinterpreting and balancing abstractions of vintage, currency and futurism became the purpose behind a product to evoke an appreciation that dares to endure years or even decades, and perhaps with age, becomes an object of even deeper affinity. In this spirit, I humbly offer FACTO.