The Arsen Rock brand meets four basic principles: functionality, style, quality, and reliability. It’s these basic principles the namesake brand relies on to give meaning and purpose for every shoe design rendered.
Hailed from Paris, France, Rock’s vision is highly inspired by the Bauhaus, a prominent art school in Germany that pioneered the influential movement to reunite creativity and manufacturing, and gave meaning to art’s relationship between society and technology. The German based art school is considered to be the most monumental movement of the 20th century that was founded in 1919 and was later shut down in 1933.
Rock combines the ideas of the Bauhaus movement along with Futurism, an artistic and social movement that originated in Italy in the early 20th century, that emphasized technology, youth, and industrialization. Together, the Arsen Rock brand continually evolves with the principle, form follows function.
About Arsen Rock
Arsen Rock is one of today's rising stars in the French footwear design scene. Born and raised in an impoverished part of Marseille in southern France, Rock grew up in a family of seven children. It was during his adolescence that Rock began to explore shoe architecture and innovation when he refurbished an old pair of shoes he self-sewn using only a rope to walk to school.
Influenced by Europe’s social and artististic movements from the early 20th century, Rock strives to harmonize art and modern technology to create his shoe designs. Throughout his flourishing and diverse career, Arsen has worked with various brands from different design fields including art exhibitions, footwear, graphics, jewelry, packaging and product. He resides in Paris, France and continues to be inspired by old and new European architecture and design.
My footwear designs reflect my mood and my personality that stems from two revelations I’ve had in my ‘teenage golden age’: God and the real hip hop.
This full-grain leather sneaker was designed in Paris, the epicenter of fashion and now home to designer Arsen Rock. Designed for Korean celebrity, Song Seung Heon, the COSMIC is an extension of traditional Korean culture using contemporary design and monochromatic colors to highlight Rock’s creative vision.
Using the Korean letter that signifies “people” as the main concept and logo for this model, the letter is revealed at the bottom of the sole, and serves as a tribute to traditional Korean patterns. With white panels on the quarter and an extended Achilles notch detail, the super-clean and well-executed sneaker is top-notch.
The COSMIC Denim is a remake of Rock’s COSMIC Original, and a collaborative project designed by French designer Ulrich AK. The designer duo and ROOY teamed up in selecting premium Japanese denim to use on the full-grain leather sneaker. Japanese denim is known for its premium construction and the skilled, artisan craft required to make it.
Like the Original, the COSMIC Denim features three essentials: cushion, support and style, with the upper made using flexible padded tongue with linear bumps. A soft and high quality sock liner sits inside the Denim, giving more cushion and sole support, and the unique heightened collar is replicated from standard running shoes to fit the Achilles tendon and provide the sensation of wearing a luxury sedan on one’s feet.
3rd generation of its model and redesigned using the silhouette of the COSMIC Original, the COSMIC Tweed designed by ARSEN ROCK is a special makeup project with children footwear designer Ambrosia Sullivan.
The Tweed combines French designs with exquisite wool textiles giving it that iconic British spirit. Made with full-grain tumble leather attached to a clean rubber cup sole, the versatile yet impactful sneaker is anything but ordinary. Available in high- and low-top styles.
COMING SOON The Turtleneck
This sporty hybrid sneaker lends for the perfect balance between raw sophistication and rough-edged elegance. Similar to COSMIC Tweed, the Turtleneck combines together a full-grain leather upper with French and British bespoke tailoring attached to phylon rubber sole.