He Has Heard The Call For Change And Is Ready To Provide A Myriad Of Solutions For The Fashion Industry.
Photography, Xavier Duah | Simi Vijay
Words, Douglas Henry Lewis In Conversation with Mirco Scoccia
Mirco Scoccia is a distinguished designer who has seen first-hand the harm the fashion industry can cause and he’s determined to do something about it. His mission for O2 Monde, his upcoming luxury shoes and accessories brand, is “to permanently shift the luxury accessories paradigm by offering design-forward, truly sustainable, cruelty-free and exquisitely handcrafted footwear that honors the Earth’s heritage and protects its future.”
After viewing the press materials of his latest shoe collection, it seems that Scoccia has crossed all his T’s and dotted his I’s, seeking to check every single requirement off the list of anyone truly interested in saving our planet and staying stylish while doing so. His shoes are vegan, clean, and produced in Italian factories by artisans with long term experience in the industry.
In addition, Mirco is also seeking to replace animal hides and synthetic plastics with plant-based skins: revolutionizing the luxury shoe industry with one pineapple-skinned swatch at a time.
After working as a women’s footwear designer and pattern maker for smaller luxury companies such as FABI and LE SILLA for a few years, he moved to Milan where he worked for Bottega Veneta for about seven years. His resume continued to flourish as he took on various shoe design roles at household names like Belstaff, Jill Stuart, Tory Burch, Cole Haan and M. Gemi.
Now on the verge of launching his own brand and as the creative director for Aerosoles, overseeing both the creative and design teams, it is safe to say that Mirco Scoccia has put in the work and is ready to rise. He has heard the call for change and is ready to provide a myriad of solutions.
Scoccia’s story is a wonderful example of paying your dues and when the time is right, seizing the moment. He credits his father and the shoe factories in his hometown of Fermo, Italy as the reason for him being in the shoe industry in the first place. He learned all he could from a young age, then furthered his education in the trade by attending the National Footwear Academy in Sant’Elpidio a Mare, Italy to learn about the process of sketching to everything else in between.
For Mirco, it is not just about creating a product. There is an inner fire within him regarding O2 Monde. He not only wants to create ethically sourced footwear that is built to last. Via social media, personal, interactive, and immersive, shopping experiences, Mirco aims to create his unique influence within this now-global narrative of sustainable living - inspiring people to live consciously from head to toe.