Balmain and Ant Kai See A Real Life Unicorn Highsnobiety
Ant Kai is not just a footwear artist but a passionate designer who has successfully merged his love for sneakers with his artistic talent. From his beginnings in self-taught practice to his latest collaboration with Balmain where he customized their iconic Unicorn shoe, Ant Kai provides a glimpse into the craftsmanship, dedication, and innovation that define his work. We caught up with Ant from his studio in Seattle and got a close-up look as how he’s evolved as a custom sneaker artist, sharing insights into his unique creative process, the challenges of working with distinct shoe silhouettes, and the exciting intersection of luxury sneakers with the digital realm, particularly in the form of NFTs. The shoe is available now, and there are only 150 pairs up for grabs, so make sure to get yours quick or you might miss out.
Hi Ant, how’s it going?
It’s going well, just focused on finishing these projects to end the year.
Would you mind telling us a bit about who you are and your practice as an artist?
I’m Ant Kai, I’m a creative artist and I design and customize shoes out of Seattle, Washington.
How did you get into shoe customization?
I grew up collecting sneakers and was always into art and creating so it was only right that the two crossed paths. I started customizing for fun a few years ago and taught myself through trial and error. I fell in love with the process and the feeling of creating, so after a couple of successful drops I quit my job in 2020 to pursue it full time and it’s been taking off since.