By DCB Editorial, November 23, 2022
Bentley Motors has created a limited-edition line of Bentley-inspired sneakers, reserved by Mulliner clients and collectors. The exclusive collaboration taps the creative mind of Dominic Ciambrone, a leading force in the customized shoe industry, known as The Surgeon. Bentley will unveil the 1-of-1 Bentley x The Surgeon vehicle next month during design week at Art Basel Miami to illustrate the collaboration. Alongside the car, one buyer will receive a matching pair of 1-of-1 sneakers – the ‘Bentley x The Surgeon Adidas Forum Low.’ Interested parties should inquire to their local US dealers for purchase information.
A self-taught creative and maker, Dominic’s craftsmanship skills and design sensibilities focus on the ability to combine high fashion with street culture. Dominic is renowned for reimaging and fusing sneakers with ultra-premium materials, creating his own inimitable style.
The Bentley x The Surgeon collaboration began in early 2022 when Dominic visited the Bentley campus in Crewe to immerse himself in the luxury British brand. He explored the variety of materials, finishes and bespoke elements used throughout the creation of each and every Bentley. He then tapped into the coachbuilding division of the brand, Bentley Mulliner, to realize additional creative details and bespoke elements to his designs, with exquisite direction.
Each of the limited-edition, handcrafted sneakers boasts unique facets including, but not limited to, Bentley’s signature diamond quilting, cross-stitching found on the steering wheel, and premium hides identical to those used to trim Bentley’s interior designs. These elements combine with The Surgeon’s signature aesthetic and skull-and-scalpel monogram.
Dominic and the Bentley Mulliner team worked to create pairs of sneakers to embody the variety in the Bentley model range. Harnessing the characteristics of three families of cars, the identifying sneakers showcase special colors unique to their core values.