What: The Pierre Hardy 101 sneakers from the Poworama capsule collection.
Who: Pierre Hardy has been designing shoes under his own name for 20 years, but his background is quite impressive. The Parisian-born Hardy graduated from L’Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan with a degree in plastic arts. A skilled illustrator, he eventually got a job at Dior designing shoes. In 1990 he landed at Hermès, initially designing women’s shoes, but eventually designing the men’s collections as well. Hardy launched his eponymous label in ’99, but he also continued working for Hermès. In 2001 the French luxury house appointed him creative director of the fine jewelry and “Haute Bijouterie” collections.
Why: This update on Hardy’s 101 sneaker is part of the Poworama capsule collection, inspired by the Summer 2012 Collector Poworama sneaker. The original shoe paid tribute to the Pop Art movement of the ’60s and Roy Lichtenstein in particular. This version of the 101 knocks the theme out of the park, with distinct graphic elements and a lot of fun. “POW is like a surprise, an explosion of joy and lightness,” says Hardy. “This collection is full of dynamism, gaiety, humor and fantasy.”
How (much): $745