Daniele Michetti can be found hunched over the marble edge of an airport bar sketching his latest collection. While he designs for Tod’s and Sergio Rossi, Michetti uses whatever free time he has to create his own line. He says designing independently and collaboratively isn’t the hard part. “Much more difficult is to manage the commitments and time, drawing my collection on weekends, late at night, on bar tables while traveling, but paradoxically it’s easier because it is my vision and because I know what I want to draw,” Michetti says.
The Italian designer’s new shoe line centers around the image of a bow butterfly, an inspiration drawn from a suit in a fashion and costume museum. Michetti weaves the tough leather into seemingly weightless butterfly wings.
By stepping out on his own, Michetti has taken on new business challenges. “As many others, we are just designers, but we have to deal every day with all the external aspects of design and creativity essential for the life of a brand,” Michetti says. But when the external factors can be set aside and he is allowed to simply create, the designs flow.
“I would describe [my design process] as I describe my life, with which I live for the passion and intensity. I love my work and I design each collection with the same passion,” Michetti says.
The collection, with bondage-like black lacing caressing the entire length of the shoe, consists of a primarily black color palette with splashes of color to make the collection pop.
“I like the idea of dressing women with an accessory that tells a story about a ‘Daniele Michetti woman’, entering into empathy with my experiences, with my design… so with part of me,” Michetti says.