The 2020 Footwear News Footwear Designer of the Year, Salehe Bembury is leaving Italian luxury clothing brand Versace. He confirmed his departure on HYPEBEAST. Bembury held the Vice President of Sneakers and Men’s Footwear position for the Italian fashion house. He started working with Versace in 2017 and his contract has now ended. In 2021 he will be searching for other opportunities.
Salehe went to Instagram to announce his departure and thank Donatella Versace, the owner of Versace.
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Salehe told HYPEBEAST: “Donatella Versace offered me a life changing opportunity, and Versace offered me a platform,” Bembury said. “Often individuals that look like me are not put in the same position. This significant detail was not taken for granted and ultimately I hope that my role is used as a vehicle for progress. I am forever grateful for what was bestowed upon me and extremely proud of what we were able to achieve.”
Salehe Bembury designed some classic sneakers for the Versace brand. He was the lead designer on the Chain Reaction shoes in collaboration with Atlanta rapper 2-Chainz. He also spearheaded the designs of the Squalo and TriGreca.
Salehe had an amazing 2020 outside of Versace. He worked with Boston based shoe company and New Balance and produced the Salehe Bembury x New Balance 2002R. This shoe was voted one of the top shoes in 2020 by HYPEBEAST. Bembury also collaborated with Chinese shoe company ANTA, to create the Anta Nest x Salehe Bembury. He is in the process of developing his own brand for 2021.