Erik and I met on LinkedIn although we studied in the same city, Florence; I haven’t really worked out with that social media yet, but the lesson is always the same: surprises hide everywhere, even behind cold business messaging.
And from northern Europe, Sweden, is where this shoe designer comes from to make his collection with the great artisanal help of tuscan refined high quality leather and entirely handcratfted production in the same region very well known for beeing the cradle and birthplace of all the high quality leather products of the biggest heavy weights in the International Fashion industry.
Erik Bjerkesjo attended a master at Polimoda, Florence, in Advanced Fashion Footwear Design under the direction of Patrick de Muynck and Linda Loppa as a warming up preparation for his collection launch that was featured alongside Rick Owens and Ann Demeulemeester in the “obsessively curated and always progressive window of Luisa Via Roma, a holy institution of creative fashion patronage in Florence, known for being a barometer on upcoming designers and a prime showcase for conceptual artists like Felice Limosani.” …as for the blogazine 2DM that comments:
“The result is an intelligent and endlessly sophisticated collection, much like Mr. Bjerkesjö, who himself is always incomprehensibly stylish and pores over his work through handmade replicas of Yves Saint Laurent’s iconic spectacles.”
Here his interview for Polimoda mag.