Scott Schuman is not about to turn in his camera permanently for a sketch pad, but the street style photographer and founder of The Sartorialist web site can now add shoe designer to his résumé.
Schuman teamed with Sutor Mantellassi, a high-end Italian shoemaker, for The Sartorialist x Sutor Mantellassi capsule collection that will debut at an event Thursday night at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The capsule encompasses three styles: a double-strap boot with lug stoles, a pebbled cap toe derby and a mixed media sneaker. All the shoes were made in Italy.
Schuman said the association with Sutor started about a year ago when he designed a dress shoe that was shown at Pitti Uomo. The success of that product led to the capsule.
The collection will be available at Saks in New York and Boston as well as on the store’s web site. Outside the U.S., they will be sold at Colette and Harrods, Schuman said. Prices range from $520 for the sneaker and $895 for the MM3 pebbled captoe derby to $945 for the boot.
“The Sartorialist x Sutor Mantellassi capsule collection effortlessly merges style and function,” said Eric Jennings, vice president and men’s fashion director for Saks. “Each shoe in this exclusive collection for Saks has been crafted to withstand a city’s urban terrain while offering extreme comfort and superior construction. If anyone can attest to the need to cover ground quickly and sartorially, it’s Scott.”
On Thursday night, Saks will host an event where customers are invited to design their own sneaker. A panel of judges including Schuman and Jennings will select one winning men’s and women’s design and the winner will receive a free sneaker from the collection.
Schuman said his followers are “sophisticated,” so he’s expecting some creative designs from them at the event.
And looking ahead, he hopes that the collaboration with Sutor will continue. “It doesn’t take anything away from my street photography, but with any creative person, when you do something, it affects everything else you do so this is affecting what I shoot, my post-production,” he said. “Hopefully it will continue.”