BUSCEMI BABE: Jon Buscemi, the founder of high-end sneaker brand Buscemi, pulls no punches when it comes to his model bookings.
Lauren Hutton, Quincy Jones, Larry Flynt and Jim Goldstein have appeared in his previous campaigns or look books. Now Jourdan Dunn, whom he met at a charity event, is featured in his holiday 2015 look book.
“Each and every person selected is an icon of his or her industry, period,” Buscemi said.
For the look book, Dunn — a self-proclaimed sneaker junkie — was shot by Adam Secore in a private house in Brentwood, Calif.
According to Buscemi, who previously worked at Oliver Peoples and his own footwear brand Gourmet, the women’s business, which launched in 2014, is the fastest growing part of the company and has doubled in sales in the past year.
“Female sneaker elegance is in a renaissance,” said Buscemi, whose Made in Italy sneakers retail from $795 to $2,570 and are carried in retailers including Neiman Marcus, Barneys New York and Union Los Angeles.
For 2016, Buscemi has his sights set on a flagship store in SoHo. He recently launched children’s sneakers.