Julien Martinez is a French shoe designer of Spanish origin. After he gained experience with Italian shoemakers, he has been collaborating with French and international brands. In 2017, he launched his own shoe brand.
It began in 2013 with the visit of a hand lacing workshop near Alicante. Meeting the craftspeople there acted as an incentive to work and experiment on the art of hand lacing, resulting in the very first Martinez branded shoe collection.
He has always wanted to put traditional crafts at the heart of the creation process. The hand lacing, combined with a strict selection of leatherwear, serves to make exceptionally comfortable, well-fitting shoes and a completely unique product. All his shoes are hand laced, assembled and finished in Spain. It is a resolute approach to support local production on the human scale and to perpetuate arts and crafts techniques.
It is a tribute to the shoes his Spanish grandmother used to wear and his creations are imbued with Mediterranean elegance. Working on combinations of colours has always been his favourite field of exploration. At the same time he try to give a Parisian style to the shoes as it is also part of his personal story and his personality.
Hand lacing will remain the brand’s identity, as it provides an incredible range of colours combinations and patterns. The lacing will change in shape and in types of shoes, partly or totally, collection after collection so as to offer a visually recognizable and unabashed unique style all year around.