Giuseppe Zanotti and Kanye West are bros. At least, that’s how he portrayed their relationship to Jay Z’s website Life + Times in a recent interview. For those who don’t know, Zanotti is a famed designer known for some of the sexiest shoes around, and he wants all women to wear his shoes to feel “self-confident, proud, and unique.” He designed the shoes for Beyonce’s Mrs. Carter World Tour, and can count Lady Gaga, Rihanna and Kim Kardashian among his favorite customers. (Kanye even romanced Kim with custom-made Giuseppes that they designed together in Italy.)
But, back to the bromance. Giuseppe spoke candidly with L+T about the friendship between he and Kanye, saying “My friendship with Kanye is a matter of sympathy and true brotherly love.”
See below for some of the interview’s choice quotes.
On Kanye as a designer: “On the professional side, I believe he is an extremely versatile artist, a renaissance man. It’s not just a matter of good sound; there is the sound, the lyrics, his own outfits, the album cover, the video clips…everything is perfectly taken care of and he creates poetry for your spirit and body. I think he really has great potential.”
On the Cruel Summer Giuseppe Zanotti for Kanye West shoe: “It was a reciprocal intuition connected on one side to some graphic elements in Kanye’s album cover and on the other side to one of my sandals. We both wanted to add something respectively to the cover and to the sandal, bringing a strong message but a harmonious and balanced one at the same time.”
On the criticism of Kanye’s fashion line: “People are too hard when something new changes the balance. Unfortunately, the fashion planet is not only a creative system, but also a political machinery. Kanye entered the entire environment with his head held high and his brave nature has to be respected.”
On maybe collaborating with Kanye in the future: “I really would love having a guest designer like Kanye during Milan’s fashion week. He could shake the system with his adrenaline.”