I know you have incorporated Japanese into your work for some time, how do you relate it to this new collection?
We made a Postmodern Zen sock trainer in a ‘goat’ furry yarn mounted on a mountain in Camper's new trainer factory in Vietnam on our classic wave sole.
What is your own connection to Japan as an artist and designer?
I've been producing since 15 years ago in Japan with onward Kashyama group. I've been linked to this country since the beginning. There are many Japanese fans, especially in Tokyo and Osaka.
This is the tenth anniversary of Himalayan. Why do you feel Camper’s footwear makes a good palate for your designs?
We unintentionally developed a "classic." It's for a new generation of people who like design, and it connects Camper's customers with ours.The shoes were always meant to be unisex. Also it's essential to have shoes for the collection. Then the image is complete. Development always takes a long time, and it's cost intensive for trainer soles. Still after 10 years, we have improved/reinvented the construction of the sole and the upper. It's not easy.
Is there a reason this collection is entirely made in shades of black and white?
We needed neutral colors for the collection. Also, the sock trainers are inspired by black and white goats on a mountain and a Japanese Obi salt-and-pepper motive.