We at Xpresso were extremely excited to interview Kobi Levi. He specializes in footwear design and development and has produced some of the most interesting and creative footwear designs out there.
Xpresso: Tell us a little bit about your background and how you got into designing?
Kobi:I was always fascinated with the shapes of footwear and saw them as wearable sculptures. My first designs were created when I was in high-school. They were made from cardboard back then. I wanted to show my own point of view with my artistic designs. So I studied design in college and also went to “old school” shoe makers to learn the technical aspects of the craft. This way I acquired the tools to create my designs by myself.
Xpresso: What is the best part about your job?
Kobi: Once all the hard work of designing and developing a new style is done, the best part for me is to see how an image or an idea, that was alive only in my mind, has come to life and I can touch it and use it. Realizing an idea into a materialized object is really great. I also love to see people wearing my designs and enjoying them.
Xpresso: We were amazed when we saw your latest collection. What was your inspiration?
Kobi: I don’t really design according to collections. I work to develop artistic designs all the time. Every few weeks or months I publish a new one. Inspiration can come from everywhere and everything. I like to take inspirations for my work from different aspects of life, not necessarily other designs or a specific subject.
Xpresso: Do you have a favorite design, if so, which and why?
Kobi: Usually each time a new design is created it becomes my favorite for a while. But really I like all of them. They are like children to me.
Xpresso: What did you do before you got into designing?
Kobi: I was always designing shoes, bags, even wedding dresses for a while. Shoe design is my main vocation and sole occupation.
Xpresso: What can we expect to see in the future from you?
Kobi: First, a new website is to air very soon. It’s really exciting because it will show all the designs so far. New styles are also coming soon. Some are inspired by sea creatures and other animals too. I also plan to show some men styles.
Xpresso: Advice to anyone looking for a career in designing/fashion?
Kobi: Work hard and stay focused on your passion!
You can find out more about Kobi at: kobilevidesign.blogspot.com