Godfather of Sole
Shoes and "loud" shirts form the foundation of Philip Livingston's look.
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And though the eco-bust may have temporarily put the kibosh on decadence, Livingston is impressed with the industry’s ability to follow the advice fashion savant Tim Gunn doles to disciples: Make it work.
“It’s actually good for the design process, as we have to think outside of the box,” Livingston says. “Lucite studded with faux stones, wood cuffs, silver, semi-precious stones—there’s some very cool new stuff out there.”
The collector of sole is also the collector of soul—in the form of bronze and glass sculpture, murals and floor-to-ceiling paintings. He channeled his passion for art into opening the Phillip Morton Gallery, which shares a block—and a birthday—with Elegant Slumming.
“We’ve been open two years now,” he says. “This is something I’ve wanted to do for a while. It’s a great joy to me.”
And no doubt to his patrons, who he greets with a smile on his face and fabulous shoes on his feet.