18. Ronnie Fieg
Who And Why: Designer, entrepreneur, collaborator
Six years ago, I met Ronnie Fieg at David Z on Broadway. He was the lead buyer, but had something special (to say the least) in the works. He gave me a first look at his upcoming Gel Lyte IIIs that were to release in the spring of 2007. Fast forward to 2012, no telling how many special projects later, Ronnie Fieg is killing it. Not just with great collabs on shoes, but with NY made clothing, family made jewelry, and two shops, both called Kith, in Manhattan and Brooklyn. With each release Ronnie stressed the importance of quality and to think outside the box from what gets thrown to the market. Coincidence that now more than ever sneaker boutiques have the most diverse shoe walls? I think not. Be on the look out for more great things that he has coming.