Briony Douglas Shares Her Sneaker Obsession As A part of #eBayEdits

Briony Douglas Shares Her Sneaker Obsession As Part of #eBayEdits

Images by Briony Douglas.

The Canadian photographer dishes on her favorite finds – and even those that obtained away – on Nationwide Sneaker Day.

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Toronto-based picture maker Briony Douglas has constructed a formidable following because of her work with purchasers starting from Gucci to Chanel to the Toronto Raptors; however she’s additionally turn out to be often known as an enormous sneaker head within the collector world. Naturally, eBay approached her to be a part of its #eBayedits initiative; her uniquely numerous choice, which incorporates Melody Ehsani‘s tackle Nike Air Jordan 1s, is bound to convey a smile to somebody’s face this Nationwide Sneaker Day.

We caught up with Douglas to seek out out extra about her private assortment and her picks for you.

 How did you turn out to be desirous about sneakers, and sneaker accumulating?

I’ve at all times cherished sneakers, however my fascination actually took off about three years in the past. What actually sparked it was being chosen by Jordan and Vogue to shoot their first collaboration. That was a very massive honour – it was a feminine shoot, and so they needed a feminine photographer. From there, my curiosity in them simply took off.

What was the piece that basically kick began your assortment?

The primary piece [I bought] that was actually a collector’s piece was the Rick Owens Dunks. It took round half a yr to seek out them in my measurement and within the fashion I needed. The explanation it was so uncommon is as a result of the sneakers have been initially on a cease-and-desist from Nike years in the past, as a result of the aspect mark was too just like the swoosh. So, they’re very uncommon. There are such a lot of tales to every sneaker that I don’t suppose many individuals learn about – I discover that basically fascinating.

Images by Briony Douglas.

Once you’re sourcing sneakers, are you doing it principally on-line? Did you attempt to discover items when you have been touring pre-COVID? Do these sorts of finds exist someplace like a second-hand retailer?

I discover them principally on-line, and the rationale for that’s that being in Canada – when I’m right here – our choice is proscribed. And the issue discovering items in shops like a thrift store is that they’d be arduous to authenticate. I can’t see the evaluations from the vendor like I may on-line, and that’s at all times one thing I search for; and I usually wouldn’t have the opportunity see that the ID quantity on the shoe matches the ID quantity on the field in that sort of retailer. I get that safety once I’m buying on-line.

On that be aware, how has a platform like eBay helped you to construct your assortment? Clearly as you stated, the scope of product is far wider, however what else does it present?

Properly, as a result of I’m a feminine however I like males’s types too, numerous the sizes are tougher to seek out from an authentic retailer; usually the possibilities of profitable a raffle, for instance, are so much slimmer. So, I do need to look to resale, and eBay is nice for that when it comes to discovering smaller sizes. Additionally, with the pandemic occurring, I don’t need to be spending loopy quantities of cash, so what’s cool about resale is that I should purchase and promote sneakers – I can flip a few of my sneakers, which is part of accumulating them.

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Images by Briony Douglas.

Once I consider sneaker accumulating, I feel of people that aren’t actually carrying the sneakers as a lot as having them to show and preserve preserved. Is that true for you, or do you search for issues that you simply need to put on?

A little bit of each. I’ve one pair of sneakers that I gained’t put on – the Worry of God x Nike collaboration; they’re the primary sneakers that Jerry Lorenzo designed. There have been 500 pairs for family and friends, and he personally gave me a pair. I’ve put them on for a photograph as soon as, after which instantly took them off – like, I put them on whereas seated and took them off whereas seated, I didn’t even stroll round in them. They’re tremendous particular to me. Nevertheless, most sneakers that I’ve I do put on, as a result of I like what I accumulate and I need to share them.

That’s one thing I undoubtedly take into consideration when it comes to accumulating – what enjoyment does somebody get from doing it? It’s enjoyable that you simply need to put on them out and about, and I’m certain you might have lots of people who touch upon them.

Yeah, it’s at all times cool when somebody walks by and acknowledges them or is aware of about them – particularly in the event that they’re not one thing well-known. If it’s one thing uncommon and somebody feedback on it, you get a bit surge of pleasure.

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Images by Briony Douglas.

Do you might have any favourites in your assortment?

The Melody Ehsani Jordan 1s are by far certainly one of my favorite pairs. I simply love her as a designer – I really like what she stands for. She’s all about inclusivity and empowering feminine voices. And that’s one thing we’re seeing extra now, that sneaker collabs aren’t simply with athletes anymore however with folks of curiosity. It’s very a lot about amplifying these folks’s voices, which I feel is de facto cool.

Why do you suppose sneakers have turn out to be such an enormous collector merchandise over time?

For myself, I view them as items of artwork. And I feel that’s what’s rising this viewers much more, and why folks need them. Sotheby’s just lately did an enormous public sale on among the most iconic pairs of sneakers, and years in the past, that wouldn’t have occurred. It’s so fascinating to see this evolution, particularly being an artist. I actually see my sneaker assortment as a mirrored image of myself – I’m fairly eclectic, in order that’s why I like [really] out-there sneakers.

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Images by Briony Douglas.

Are there any sneakers on the market that you simply haven’t been in a position to supply? Are you continue to trying to find them?

The most important loss within the final yr for me was the Off-White Air Jordan 5s in gray. I keep in mind I used to be flying out to Vancouver, and I used to be making an attempt to beat the robots because the aircraft was about to take off. Nevertheless, a brand new colourway is popping out on the finish of this yr, in order that’s one thing I’m going to try to get.

Do you might have any ideas for individuals who need to begin accumulating?

Purchase the items that you simply love; simply because one thing is de facto common and arduous to get doesn’t imply that it’s going to be your favorite piece. A few of my favorite items that I put on and love are basic launch.

In case you are making an attempt to gather extra uncommon objects, undoubtedly do your analysis. Once you’re shopping for on a web site like eBay, guarantee that the individual that you’re buying from has good evaluations and it’s not the primary merchandise ever that they’re promoting – that may be a warning signal. Additionally, if a worth appears too good to be true, I’ll seek for knock-offs in that kind of shoe to see what they appear to be. And I’ll normally ship one thing I’m desirous about to a couple different collectors to ask for his or her ideas.

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