FILA by James Rizzi
New York pop artist James Rizzi always dreamt of bringing his own shoe collection to the market. The artist cited inspirations as diverse as Keith Haring, Andy Warhol and Bugs Bunny, creating styles that were described as a cross between Picasso and Hanna-Barbera – bright and colourful cartoon style pictures depicting lucid and happy characters and scenes.
In his life he lent his designs to various pursuits, including being the official artist of the 1996 summer Olympics in Atlanta, designing the exterior shell of a Boeing 747 for Lufthansa’s Condor Airlines (“the Rizzi Bird”) and designing album artwork and videos for the new-wave band Tom Tom Club in the early 1980s.
Sadly Rizzi died on Boxing Day last year aged 61 of a heart condition, but he has left behind a vast legacy of work for art and design fans to appreciate. And luckily for us he had already laid the foundations for his footwear range as part of a collaboration with Fila – which is now on sale online and in-store with Deichmann.
To get your little slice of art history and a perfect pair of sneakers for the festival season, simply click here to shop all Rizzi styles.