Wednesday, November 06, 2013

FASHION CONFESSIONS: MICHAEL PETRY Creative Director of the Frye Company

With The Frye Company's 150th anniversary and the opening of three new stores, it’s been an incredible year for this iconic shoe brand. Most people, including myself, know them for their classic Campus, riding or biker boot. So I was surprised to see how much more they do like loafers, sneakers, ballet flats, heels, sandals and even bags! Their collection in total consists of more than 800 items! And if you thought of their footwear as functional, durable working boots only suited for the rough outdoors you’d be wrong. These days it’s a cool fashion brand that’s still synonymies with quality and craftsmanship. I met and chatted with the creative director, Michael Petry, at their Chicago store launch.
The Frye Company's 150th anniversary and launch party in Chicago.
WHAT’S YOUR FASHION ADDICTION?
Outside of footwear? Denim.

WHAT’S THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE 150TH YEAR ANNIVERSARY COLLECTION?
The American flag is a natural starting point for us, being an American brand and Jasper Johns American flag painting.

WHO’S YOUR STYLE ICON?
Steve McQueen

‘Billy Pull On’ $298, The Frye Company

WHAT’S THE MOST PRIZED POSSESSION IN YOUR CLOSET?
Autographed soccer shoes from Zinedine Zidane

WHICH DESIGNERS DO YOU WORSHIP?
I have a lot of respect for Hiroki of Visvim, Miuccia Prada, and Junya Watanabe

ONE THING YOU COULDN’T LIVE WITHOUT?
My family

WHAT’S THE BEST PART OF YOUR JOB?
No two days are ever alike. The ability to work with a great group of people. I like coming to work every day.
The Frye Company's 150th anniversary and launch party in Chicago with special musical guest, Blondfire.
Special musical guest, Blondfire.

Michael Petry and Jessica Moazami at The Frye Company's 150th anniversary party.
Michael Petry and I at The Frye Company's 150th anniversary party.


The Frye Company's 150th anniversary and launch party in Chicago with special musical guest, Blondfire.
The Frye Company, 1007 north Rush Street, 312.642.3793


Photos by Francis Son

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