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Julia Skergeth designs unisex shoes

JS by Julia Skergeth is a young label founded in 2015 in Austria by shoe designer Julia Skergeth who specialised in UNISEX footwear and is about to launch its fourth collection. Her designs are a fusion of impressions and memories collected throughout her travels around the world. New York, London and Indonesia have been her home and inspiration for the past 5 years, which reflects strongly in her creations. Defined by stringent geometric clarity each piece stands out from the crowd. All shoes are lovingly handcrafted using only high quality leather in a small in-house production and come in limited quantity only.

Hi, we see you in Vienna but we saw on your website also Indonesia, what is your story? Julia: “I started my Unisex Footwear Label back in 2015 in Indonesia, I have been living the past three years in Indonesia where I ran my own shoe production, butI recently relocated to Austria.

PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT

What does unisex footwear mean exactly to you? Julia: “The genderless topic has been around for a while now and unisex fashion is an upcoming trend. With unisex shoes I can reach a wider audience and I have to say I get very good feedback from guys who sometimes shop female shoes just because they find there are not enough fashionable men shoes (besides sneakers, obviously.) I produce my shoes up to size 45(EU) problem solved!”

You mention your travels were a big inspiration for your work,can you reveal some of your most inspiring places in the world? NYC, London, Istanbul and Jakarta have all been very inspiring for me but Indonesia left the biggest impact on me. The culture and the street style, or perhaps the lack of a real street style in a classic fashion way. I got inspired by random people on the street from constructionworker to housewifes and even homeless people..

PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT

I‘ve noticed most of your shoes in your webshop are sold out, can we expect your new collection? Julia: “Very soon I have a launch party in Vienna in a store on 28.April, followed by an online launch of a limited collection in May – there will be more shoes and more bags coming!

PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT
PHOTO BY KINEZ RIZA MODEL FABIAN & JO IN COLLABORATION WITH THE LMT