Will, better known as KingPoetic01 in the sneaker community is the owner of a clothing line and also helps out at The Holy Grail in Los Angeles. A collector for as long as he can remember, he was more than excited to be one of the first in Los Angeles to participate in the Bespoke experience.
How would you explain the Bespoke experience?
It was crazy. With this being my first time taking part in the Bespoke experience, it was a little overwhelming. It was exhilarating, it was exciting. I was just ready to jump out my skin. You have a table of different materials and different things and you have so many different ideas. And at the end of it all you have to pick the one and the thing that you really like.
What was the inspiration for your shoe?
I went in with an open mind. I had an idea of what I wanted, but in reality I thought about different things. Just to give you an example [points at shoe], the paisley represents me because I am a colorful individual. I love colors and I am all over the place because I do different things and stay in motion every day of my life. The solid colors are 3M. Those are for my son because he is who keeps me solid and keeps me sane. The dark blue canvas was specifically for him because it is his favorite color. His initials are on the tongue. I did it for him. I came in with an open mind, but I wanted it to represent me as well. I picked the cork because of the speckles and it represents me.
As a collector, how many pairs would you say that you have?
I stopped counting at 500. I really don't know. Ball park would be about 800-900.
In your collection, which would be your favorite?
Every shoe that I own has a special meaning behind it. It is not just a shoe. It is a representation of me. I like all of them. I don't discriminate.
Regarding the Bespoke experience and your design, what was your favorite part?
That is a tough one because I like everything. If I had to pick one, it would have to be the paisley.
Where can people find you online?
Twitter and Instagram is KingPoetic01 and they can also find me at KingPoetic.com.