Top Sneaker Influencers Talk Shop
Photo by George Chinsee
People were scrambling in the Footwear News fashion studio. With just an hour to wrap a photo shoot featuring five of the most influential people in the sneaker business, one of the subjects was creating a small controversy. Vashtie Kola, who splits her time between directing music videos (her clients have included Justin Bieber and Solange Knowles), DJing parties in the city and working on various design projects, was the only female in FN’s pool of streetwear tastemakers. She also was the only person in the group wearing Timberlands. 
“You shouldn’t have worn boots to something called ‘sneaker’ influencers,” Ronnie Fieg, owner of New York’s Kith boutique and a footwear collaboration magnate, said sarcastically from the sidelines.
Here, Kola, Fieg, Kent, Staple and Bobbito Garcia sound off on how they’ve built their captive audiences, using social media and their unique style sense. For More
[above: Ronnie Fieg, Vashtie Kola, DJ Clark Kent, Jeff Staple and Bobbito Garcia]

Top Sneaker Influencers Talk Shop

Photo by George Chinsee

People were scrambling in the Footwear News fashion studio.

With just an hour to wrap a photo shoot featuring five of the most influential people in the sneaker business, one of the subjects was creating a small controversy.

Vashtie Kola, who splits her time between directing music videos (her clients have included Justin Bieber and Solange Knowles), DJing parties in the city and working on various design projects, was the only female in FN’s pool of streetwear tastemakers. She also was the only person in the group wearing Timberlands. 

“You shouldn’t have worn boots to something called ‘sneaker’ influencers,” Ronnie Fieg, owner of New York’s Kith boutique and a footwear collaboration magnate, said sarcastically from the sidelines.

Here, Kola, Fieg, Kent, Staple and Bobbito Garcia sound off on how they’ve built their captive audiences, using social media and their unique style sense. For More

[above: Ronnie Fieg, Vashtie Kola, DJ Clark Kent, Jeff Staple and Bobbito Garcia]

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