We managed to catch up with our boy, Omar Bailey, who’s the designer responsible for these Ektio sneaks.
CK – Can you tell us a little about yourself?
My name is Omar Bailey and I am originally from new york city, but was raised inwest palm beach Florida. I went to a visual and performance arts middle and high school called the Dreyfoos school of the arts, which led me to the college for creative studies in Detroit michigan where I majored industrial design. 2 years later I transferred to the university of CINCINNATI were I continued studying ID, but the real reason why I transferred was because of there cooperative learning program which grants you 6 paid internships through the course of 3 years. Once I transferred my first internship was with new balance in Boston mass, followed by K-Swiss in southern California, Adidas in Portland Oregon, hewlett Packard, m3 design, and Faulkner design. After my last internship I decided to start my own footwear design business right out of school called the bright idea design studios (www.brightideadesigninc.com). While struggling as a Entrepreneur I also worked for timberland in NYC designing kids shoes for year before they laid me off. At that time I was ready to continue with my business as I have built a network and capacity within it giving me the confidents to move forward on my own.
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