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World-renowned footwear designer brings $25,000 collection to Vietnam

World-renowned footwear designer brings $25,000 collection to Vietnam

Thursday, July 13, 2023, 17:03 GMT+7
World-renowned footwear designer brings $25,000 collection to Vietnam
A shoe exhibition opened by renowned footwear designer Kobi Levi gives guests a new and strange angle of artistic footwear. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

Israeli footwear designer Kobi Levi, known for the unique footwear he has created for American singer Lady Gaga, is opening his first exhibition in Vietnam with a footwear collection worth US$25,000.

The FootWearArt exhibition, which is showcasing 24 pairs of shoes in Hanoi, is aimed at marking the 30th anniversary of diplomatic ties between Vietnam and Israel.

Shoes designed by Kobi Levi are distinctive and typically inspired by daily life.

His talent has been recognized by several of the world’s leading fashion magazines, including Marie Claire, Elle, Glamour, and Runway.

CNN once called Levi’s designs ‘wearable sculptures.’

The list of celebrities spotted in his shoes includes Lady Gaga, American actor Whoopi Goldberg, and Israeli singer-songwriter and musician Netta Barzilai.

“This is my first footwear exhibition in Vietnam,” Levi told Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper at the exhibition’s opening ceremony on Wednesday.

“I am showcasing the shoes inspired by the glamour and wit in life.

“In my view of art, everything can be not only unique and flashy, but also simple.

"To make a simple thing extraordinary, you should pay attention to the combination of simple things."

According to Levi, some of his inspirations have been tools, equipment, furniture, musical instruments, and animals.

Notably, shoes designed by Levi are handmade from real leather, meaning each pair is one of a kind.

The exhibition showcases 24 pairs of shoes worth a combined $25,000. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

The exhibition showcases 24 pairs of shoes worth a combined $25,000. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

Israeli Ambassador to Vietnam Yaron Mayer told Tuoi Tre that Israel desired to celebrate 30 years of diplomatic ties in a creative manner.

These shoes resulted from a collaboration between art and cultural values, highlighting creativity and innovation, said the ambassador.

The FootWearArt exhibition is open to the public at the Vincom Center for Contemporary Art in Thanh Xuan District, Hanoi from 10:00 am to 9:00 pm each day from now until July 20.

A pair of Kobi Levi shoes is inspired by a cup of coffee. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A pair of Kobi Levi shoes is inspired by a cup of coffee. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

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Tieu Bac – Nguyen Hien – Thanh Hien / Tuoi Tre News

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