Interview: George and Shota ​Mikaia of Georgian Sneaker Brand, Crosty

Brothers bring footwear innovation to the former Soviet nation decades after a civil war that changed their lives

In 1992, ​Abkhazia was engulfed in a brutal civil war. Situated on the Black Sea in the northwest of Georgia, the disputed region’s inter-ethnic conflict claimed nearly 15,000 lives, left over 8,000 wounded, and uprooted more than 200,000 Georgians fleeing ethnic cleansing at the hands of Abkhaz separatists. Among the displaced were brothers George and Shota ​Mikaia, founders of Tbilisi-based sneaker label Crosty. “We lost …

Vale, Karl Lagerfeld

Our interview with the fashion icon still provides beautiful insight

A true icon of fashion, Karl Lagerfeld, has passed away at 85 years old. Wildly influential, German-born Lagerfeld began his career in the industry after winning a design competition in 1955—a victory that allowed him to become Pierre Balmain’s assistant. During the ’60s he worked with Fendi and Chloe, but it was as creative director of Chanel (from 1983 until his death) that he was best …

Lexus + John Elliott’s Sneaker-Inspired Tires

Elliott's Nike AF1 silhouette gets incorporated into a special edition 2019 UX

At a New York Fashion Week afterparty that felt like a victory lap for all brands—with John Elliott announcing a new store in Los Angeles and Lexus touting its impressive new Lexus UX—a fluorescent-white installation, titled “Sole of the UX,” had everyone’s attention. Using Elliott’s stylish Nike AF1 silhouette, Lexus outfitted a UX with sneaker-inspired tires. Double-stitched leather and a tire valve, reminiscent of a shoelace tip, included. …