With the combined creative power of architect Rem D. Koolhaas and shoemaker Galahad JD Clark (of the Clarks shoes dynasty), United Nude has a lot to be proud of. In addition to being a leader within the growing industry of collaborative mediums—which has also seen architects Frank Gehry and Zaha Hadid create shoes for JM Weston and Melissa, respectively—the company has recently opened a flagship location in Amsterdam. JC Report recently chatted with Koolhaas (nephew of the influential architect of the same name) about the ongoing convergence of footwear and architecture, the distinction of his brand and why they chose Amsterdam for store’s flagship opening last month.
JC Report: Why is collaboration important to United Nude?
Rem D. Koolhaas: United Nude has always been highly collaborative. When you collaborate with another designer from another discipline or brand, you can explore and play. It brings new ideas to mind and initiatives to a design dialogue. It’s natural to want to play with others.