We discovered F-Troupe a little while ago and were immediately taken by this small directional footwear brand based in London. Founded in 2003 by shoe designer Mick Hoyle, F-Troupe has quickly established itself internationally and is now available in over twenty countries. Mick loves to use a variety of historical and functional influences to design footwear that is quintessentially British but with an international appeal…
We were excited to hear that for SS15 F-Troupe have collaborated with London based artist Rob Ryan to create a wonderful story of the most important human necessities, LOVE and PEACE. These two elements reflect F-Troupe’s ethos perfectly and in these troubled times the message is just as important now as it has ever been. The Rob Ryan collaboration has carried though Rob’s work onto classic F-Troupe style, the bathing shoe.
Rob Ryan studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art, London where he specialised in Printmaking. Since 2002 he has been working principally within the paper cutting medium. Although he views himself first and always as a fine artist his intricate papercut work adapts itself readily to screen-printing which can be easily transferred to ceramics, fabrics, laser cutting and other surfaces.
F-Troupe are in good company, Rob has previously collaborated with the likes of Paul Smith, Liberty of London, Tatty Devine and Vogue. His work, often consisting of whimsical figures paired with sentimental, grave, honest and occasionally humorous pieces of writing he readily admits are autobiographical.
Exhibitions have included “The Stars Shine All Day Too” at London’s Air Gallery on Dover Street, “Your Job is to take this world apart and put it back together again…. but even better!” – an exhibition of papercuts and ceramics at The Shire Hall Gallery Stafford, an exhibition of ceramics at The Charleston Gallery and recently “There Is Only Time” at Sims Reed Gallery, London.
He has written and illustrated three books, ‘This Is for You’ and ‘A Sky Full of Kindness’ and ‘The Invisible Kingdom’ the first in his new trilogy.
This collaboration confirms the brands original and innovative designs for its army of loyal fans – can’t wait to see what comes next…