In 2016, Maxwell Lund won the PENSOLE World Sneaker Championship (WSC), seeing his sneaker sold around de world. Now, one of his models was chosen to launch a new and unconventional sneakers brand.
The INITIUM is the third sneaker designed by Maxwell Lund that is seeing the light of day, after releasing the 2016 WSC winner and Hanpa (Lower Sioux, Upper Sioux, Prairie Island and Shakopee).
Coming from Minnesota, the 21-years-old designer draw his first shoe four years ago. At that time, footwear design was just something he wished he could do. He sketched shoes for fun in between classes at college, as a hobby. He had just begun studying Graphic Design at the South Dakota State University.
In 2015, Maxwell Lund heard about the PENSOLE design tournament. He gave it a try and ended up winning. It was not easy, but make him believe on his capacities.
After the contest, he was transferred to the University of Wisconsin-Stout – to study Dropout, Industrial and Product Design –, hoping to finally learn the proper way to design shoes. Three semesters latter, he realized he wasn’t improving himself at what he wanted to do, so he stopped going and focused all his time on working on shoes by himself.
The INITIUM is an attempt to build off what he had already done and continue to teach himself in a ‘learn-by-doing’ manner.
His new portfolio, named [insert logo], is available since the begging of the year.
Who is ISAMU JARMAN?
Japan-Born. Hawaii-Bred. Portland-Living.
His background of multiple cultures and experiences affect his design process.
We like to think that we are not only selling sneakers.
We consider ourselves a creative platform for a reason.
One of the most fulfilling feeling we have is that of seeing that we also contribute to the education of the designers that cooperate with us and of our followers.
So, we were never ashamed of showing the "process" that leads to the final product.
Showing what's possible, the horrible pullovers, the failed samples... the things you normally don't get to see.