T R I P T Y C H ® / ARCHITECTURALLY INSPIRED FOOTWEAR BUILT FOR BODIES IN MOTION / DESIGNED IN NEW YORK, MADE IN ITALY, MOVING PEOPLE AROUND THE WORLD / ®
T R I P T Y C H / THE BRAND PERSONA
TRIPTYCH is a New York-based, Italian-made artisanal footwear brand that creates women’s and unisex shoes for daily living at the intersection of innovative design and masterful artisanship. Inspired by and designed for moving through urban streetscapes, the brand merges luxury product with everyday function to re-invent the concept of a solid city walking shoe. The brand is defined by its strong, forward-thinking design: signature architectural forms, unexpected openings, asymmetrical wedges, and structured, soft volumes built for bodies in motion. This is footwear that merges form with function, versatility, and quality. TRIPTYCH footwear is designed in New York City and 100% handmade in Milan in limited editions. A niche investment product for the art and design conscious who express individuality through thoughtful, unique objects for the body. Time-less, season-less, category-less, inventively designed comfort. Elevate the everyday, rethink the ordinary - TRIPTYCH.
T R I P T Y C H / THE INSPIRATION + DESIGN FEATURES BEHIND EACH COLLECTION
TRIPTYCH footwear draws inspiration from the space, form and movement of the body. Each collection studies the architecture of the foot and leg, and how design responds to it; the relationship between fluidity and stasis, geometric and organic form, aperture and enclosure, chroma and monochrome, smooth and coarse texture. TRIPTYCH’s unique and trans-seasonal typology of footwear includes a signature women’s line as well as a line of sophisticated all-leather unisex sneakers – elevated versatility that inventively and effortlessly transitions from day to night, informal to formal. Optimized for ease of motion and wearability, all TRIPTYCH shoes slip-on regardless of model. Both TRIPTYCH’s women’s and unisex shoes explore openings around the foot. The form and skin of the foot complete the design of each shoe, making the body – and its movement – essential to the product. This detail is taken a step further in particular models by components that transform, allowing the shoe to be styled in different ways in addition to altering the exposure of the foot and leg. The extension of the lining is another unique brand detail built into the design of the shoes creating, in some instances, color contrast and layering, while in others, geometric shapes and volumes. The collections play on the classic ‘black+white’, ‘all-white’ and ‘all-black’ shoe, interjecting contrast through monochromatic textures and extreme colorblocks, such as neons and metallics. All TRIPTYCH collections use leathers with particular character – an element of the shoes that transforms over time, recording the movement and shape of the foot.
T R I P T Y C H / THE MANIFESTO/THE MOVEMENT
TRIPTYCH IS A MOVEMENT ABOUT MOVEMENT. A MOVEMENT TOWARD ADVANCING THE DISCIPLINE OF ACCESSORY DESIGN AND MAKING. A MOVEMENT TOWARD QUALITY, SUSTAINABILITY, AND RE-EVALUATING OUR UNDERSTANDING OF ‘VALUE’. A MOVEMENT TOWARD INVENTION, AUTHENTICITY, AND INDIVIDUALITY. A MOVEMENT TOWARD EXPERIMENTATION, EXPLORATION, AND CELEBRATING THE CREATIVE PROCESS. A MOVEMENT TOWARD SLOWER RATHER THAN FASTER. A MOVEMENT TOWARD CHALLENGING THE WAY THAT ACCESSORIES CAN BE WORN BY THE BODY, AND THE WAY THAT THE BODY – ITS FORM AND ITS MOVEMENT – CAN IN FORM AND TRANSFORM THE DESIGN OF OBJECTS. TRIPTYCH IS A MOVEMENT ABOUT DESIGN IN RESPONSE TO THE LIVING, MOVING, THINKING, EVOLVING BODY.
EACH PAIR OF TRIPTYCH FOOTWEAR IS HANDCRAFTED TO THE HIGHEST ITALIAN MANUFACTURING STANDARDS. THE FACTORY THAT WE WORK WITH IN MILAN, ITALY IS A FOURTH-GENERATION ARTISANAL FAMILY BUSINESS THAT HAS DECADES OF EXPERIENCE PRODUCING SHOES FOR HIGH-END, INTERNATIONAL FASHION HOUSES SUCH AS MISSONI, HELMUT LANG, AND PRADA. UNLIKE MANY OTHER SHOES STAMPED ”MADE IN ITALY”, TRIPTYCH FOOTWEAR IS NOT JUST SOLED THERE BUT 100% HANDMADE IN ITALY BY CRAFTSPEOPLE WHO HAVE DEDICATED THEIR LIVES TO THE QUALITY AND EVOLUTION OF THEIR SKILL.
WORKING WITH SKILLED CRAFTSPEOPLE NOT ONLY ADDS AN ARTISANAL QUALITY TO AN OTHERWISE CONVENTIONAL PRODUCT BUT THE INNOVATIVE DESIGN OF TRIPTYCH SHOES – ITS EXTENSION OF AND PLAY ON THE TRIED STRUCTURES OF FOOTWEAR – BOTH CHALLENGES THE TRADITIONAL CRAFT OF SHOEMAKING AND DEPENDS ON ITS EXPERTISE FOR SUCCESSFUL REALIZATION. IN THIS WAY, TRIPTYCH HELPS MOVE ARTISANAL SHOEMAKING INTO THE FUTURE, GIVING IT RELEVANCE IN CONTEMPORARY SHOE DESIGN.
THOUGH AN ACCESSORIES LABEL, TRIPTYCH IS A BRAND DRIVEN BY DESIGN AND CRAFT, NOT BY FASHION. EVERY PRODUCT SEEKS TO BREAK NEW GROUND, TO CELEBRATE SOLID WORKMANSHIP, AND TO HELP US RETHINK THE ORDINARY AND ELEVATE THE EVERYDAY. AND TRIPTYCH IS A LABOR OF LOVE. THESE ARE PRODUCTS FOR PEOPLE WHO VALUE THINGS MADE WITH CARE AND DEVOTION, WHO APPRECIATE INNOVATION, AND WHO BELIEVE IN THE ARTISTRY OF FORWARD-THINKING DESIGN.
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