Ricardo Vestuti got his start in the sneaker industry in the mid-1980s as a designer for Saucony, and since then he has worked for both Nike and Reebok. In the first part of our interview, we discuss how his creative upbringing and art-school training led him to the world of sneakers.
As the in-house archivist for Converse, Sam Smallidge is responsible for preserving the history of a footwear company that stretches back to 1908. In our interview, Sam reveals what his job entails and provides his unique perspective on this iconic sneaker brand.
In the second portion of the interview, Lindsey O’Connor and Jordy Geller discuss the curatorial choices Geller made when organizing the ShoeZeum, and he talks about his experiences with Nike and friendship with Tinker Hatfield.