The conversation was only meant to last for a few minutes. When we finally wrapped our 'short talk' two hours later, it was clear that sustainable (or as he calls it, 'earth friendly') design was more than a mere topic of passion for Mats Rombaut.
His Paris-based label, ROMBAUT, is the embodiment of a tireless search for the best processes for crafting the ideal, vegan luxury shoe.
Each season, minimalist-leaning pairs of Rombaut shoes are meticulously made from natural cellulose, tree barks, rubber, and an unexpected mix of other biodegradable or low-polluting materials. The resulting trainers meld a futuristic, edgy feel with a value system that holds up with integrity across the young Belgian's growing brand.
In this second episode of The Audio Diary, I am happy to share a lengthy excerpt from the chat that was originally recorded at the Rombaut studio and transcribed for the pages of Au Courant Vol.2. as seen in the imagery for The Editorial, which captures a bit of the designer's space, and most importantly, his carefully made, vegan footwear designs.
Listen below, as Mats Rombaut touches on everything from his beginnings (he studied economics instead of rushing headlong into a design program), his 'incubator years' at Lanvin and Damir Doma, and most persuasively, his thoughts on fashion, consumption, and the making of his sustainable, luxe shoes.