Q&A: Talking Shoes with Matt Chevallard
The Del Toro Shoes creative director let’s us in on his next step.
August 15, 2012
Del Toro Shoes creative director Matt Chevallard
If Cinderella were walking around Miami today, she’d much prefer one of Matt Chevallard’s velvet slippers over Prince Charming’s glass offering. And speaking of charming princes, twenty-something Chevallard is busier than ever as the creative director of the burgeoning, Miami-based Del Toro Shoes. We stole some time with him to talk fall shoes, big name collaborators, and local haunts.
What can we expect from Del Toro Shoes in the fall?
MATTHEW CHEVALLARD: An ever-expanding lineup of fly kicks! Aside from our staples, like camouflage slippers, wingtips, velvet skulls, etc., most of our products are limited edition. And they’re handmade it Italy, so they get made once and that's it. We have a lot of exciting projects in fruition—a leather accessories line featuring backpacks, duffle bags, wallets.
You’ve collaborated with Dwyane Wade and Theophilus London—who’s next?
MC: I’d like to work with more athletes and musicians, but now I'm focusing on a lot of artist projects as well. We’re coming out with another Man Repeller limited edition collection, 20 pairs.
Is a clothing line on the horizon for Del Toro?"
MC: Yes, we are slowly evolving our offerings. We'd like to offer everything a modern man and woman needs to live a luxurious, unique, and casual lifestyle.
What are some of your favorite places to eat, play, and shop in Miami?
MC: I love The Bazaar by José Andrés. For relaxing and play, Soho Beach House or Casa Del Toro on Sunset Island. To shop, The Webster or Atrium. I must admit, our showroom in Wynwood is pretty cool. All our offerings are available there by appointment.
What can’t you live without?
MC: My dogs, my girlfriend, collecting shoes, accessories, art, and my humble abode.