By: Daniel Kong
NEOUS CO-FOUNDERS VANISSA ANTONIOUS AND ALAN BUANNE RECENTLY HOSTED A MEET-AND-GREET AT ON PEDDER IN HONG KONG. AHEAD OF THEIR GUEST APPEARANCE TO SHOWCASE THE FALL WINTER 2018 COLLECTION, HERE ARE TEN INTERESTING THINGS ABOUT THE DYNAMIC DUO.
- Whilst Antonious and Buanne are based in London and grew up in Australia, they experienced fairly different cultural upbringings. Antonious worked as a stylist for Harper’s Bazaar whilst Buanne created hand-crafted shoes in Sydney and Florence.
- Every single Neous shoe is named after various orchid varieties found around the world. This interesting quirk is based on Buanne’s family, especially his uncle, who grows orchids competitively.
- Neous designs are inspired greatly by the Bauhaus movement. Championing minimalism and functional design, the pair aim to infuse the world of art and beauty with wearability. They believe that design should be neither intellectual nor decorative, but a part of everyday life.
- Buanne considers his approach to footwear design comparable to designing a building structure. In fact, he hopes to one day explore other three-dimensional forms of art outside of shoes, including furniture design and architecture.
- Whilst Antinious and Buanne have known each other since teenagers, Neous is their first creative project together. Before establishing the brand, they shared inspirations and ideas on a more informal basis.
- The idea to create Neous started with a spontaneous conversation about what the perfect shoe might look like. As one might say, the rest was history.
- Antonious believes that the Neous success can be attributed to the shoes’ seamless integration into any woman’s wardrobe. The contrast however, is that the pieces also do not look like anything else that women might already own.
- When asked to define ‘modernity’ in one sentence, the duo describe it as: “individuality, uniqueness and following one’s instincts.”
- One of the pair’s favourite galleries is the MOMA in New York City. Some of the pieces that recently inspired them there include Kazimir Malevich’s ‘White on White’, and Frida Kahlo’s ‘Self-Portrait with Cropped Hair’.
- Time is the biggest challenge for this young and exciting brand. “There is never enough of it,” they explain, “but the pressure of time always brings out of the most inspiring and unexpected designs.”