To commemorate the iconic Nylite’s 50th anniversary, we have partnered with artists from around the world asking them to express themselves on the ultimate blank canvas: the Nylite sneaker. Check out the artists and their custom creations below.
NYLITE 50 ARTISTS
André 3000André 3000 Benjamin is a Grammy Award-winning musician and producer who has distinguished himself as a cutting-edge collaborator. He has repeatedly impressed critics, fans and fellow artists with his versatility, eloquence, style, and ability to transcend trends. Over the years, he has forged a unique path as one of rap’s most enthusiastic fashion adventurers. He is a style innovator with an affinity for Tretorn that dates back to his youth. As a master of self-expression, André infuses his unique point of view into Tretorn’s classics, creating a bold, reimagined Nylite hi-top to commemorate the 50th anniversary. André partnered with Tretorn as Creative Collaborator with his much anticipated capsule collection launching in Spring 2018.”
Jeff Staple@jeffstaple Jeffrey Ng aka “jeffstaple" is the New York-based Founder and Creative Director of Staple Design Studio, StaplePigeon Clothing and Reed Space. He is an established graphic and fashion designer, curator, branding expert, footwear aficionado, and all-around creative visionary. He mixes street-minded sensibilities with sophisticated nods to high-end fashion.
The Shoe Surgeon@theshoesurgeon Recognized in the sneaker world as “The Shoe Surgeon,” Dominic Chambrone has made a name for himself customizing sneakers for top brands and celebrity clientele. With his cobbling experience, he is able to completely de- and re-construct footwear into one-of-a-kind pieces. A self-taught bespoke shoe artist, Dominic has been responsible for some of the most hyped-up original sneakers in the game.
Jayson Atienza@jaysonatienza Jayson Atienza was born in Batangas City, Philippines and raised in Jersey City, NJ where he began drawing at the young age of five. While at SVA, Jayson developed his signature painting style, which began with a meticulous watercolor and ink approach. Over the past decade, Jayson has expanded the mediums with which he executes art on both traditional and non-traditional canvases for individual collectors, public institutions and corporations.
Samara Shuter@samshuter Canadian painter Samara Shuter channels her passion for fashion, street art, and graphic design into lush canvases dedicated to the ubiquitous menswear item, the tailored suit. For Shuter, the men’s suit provides a sturdy architectural template from which to explore formal concepts of line, color, and geometric structure; while also blurring the lines between high art, animation, and comic-book drawing. Her work has been exhibited throughout the United States and Canada.
Mitch Silva@mitchcantdraw Mitch is an industrial designer hailing from Boston, Massachusetts. He strives to create products with high emotional, social and intrinsic value.
Adele Renault@adelerenault Amsterdam-based painter Adele Renault paints realistic portraits of pigeons and people. Her subject matter may live in the gutter or in an ivory tower and the size of her work ranges from small canvas to giant mural. She is fascinated by the inconspicuous beauty of every day objects and subjects and captures moments and expressions full of stories and meaning. Her current series "gutter paradise,” which depicts details of pigeon feathers, was a perfect match for the Tretorn Nylite 50 Artist Series.
Leonardo De La Rocha@delar0cha Currently a Creative Director at Facebook, Leonardo is also a dad, typography nerd, coffee lover, digital design leader, and advocate of respectable cocktails. He specializes in building and leading stellar design teams in complex UI spaces (publishing, advertising). His passion is lettering and communications design.
UR New York@urnewyork UR New York is collectively made up of Fernando Romero and Mike Baca, whose mission is to inspire creativity amongst the youth through their work. Their mixed media art pieces are bold to say the least, paying homage to the New York City streets, and evoking a sense of familiarity that resonates with their viewers.
ARGO CONCEPTS@argo_concepts Sydney, Australia-based CG artist, Cam Stewart, aka “ARGO CONCEPTS,” has always been innately curious about the design and structure of things. His natural approach to design has always been to break it first. Deconstruction leads him to an understanding of the elements. Cam’s passion for sneakers snowballed into creating digital hybrids, and finally making shoes of his own design.
Robert Peterson@caleblee81 Robert Peterson is a contemporary artist currently living and working in Lawton, OK. Although completely self-taught, Robert has exhibited his work in major US cities such as New York City, Chicago & Miami and enjoys being commissioned for work by celebrities, professional athletes and art collectors from around the world.
Matthew Tapia@matthewtapia Matthew initially moved to New York to cemented his passion for art and hand-lettering, and make a career out of doing what he loves. Tapia has quietly built an expansive and varied portfolio of lettering and graphic work for companies such as Nike, Sixpack, Huf and many others. For Tapia, his story isn’t a fairy tale—lettering has become his life’s work and passion.
Ron Bass@iam_ronbass Ron is a free-spirited individual by way of Brooklyn, NY who is inspired by all things emitting love. With his distinct love for DIY (Do It Yourself), Pop Art and Fashion, Ron has created pieces inspired by many but his core inspiration draws from the work by legendary Jean-Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Mark McNairy and Jeremy Scott. Ron's latest work has made its way to the likes of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Swizz Beatz, Rita Ora and Victoria Secret Model Cara D to name a few.
Luciano Fontanez@lucianofontanez Luciano is an artist, designer and builder. He has a flare for pop inspired street art that is both attention grabbing, yet refined. He dabbles in industrial design, as well as photography, carpentry and metal work.
Alexander-John@alexanderjohndesign Alexander is a painter, printmaker and modern contemporary abstract art interior designer based in Dallas, Georgia. He works with a multitude of mixed medias, specializing in digital prints.
Emilio Ramos@emilio_ramos New York Harlem native Emilio is a painter whose passion includes traveling the world and infusing his art with a “street culture” sensibility. He uses bright colors and favors strong powerful female characters.
Travroc@travrocone Travis is an illustrator and designer based in Brooklyn, NY. His versatile artwork has can be seen through hand-lettering techniques, typography and logo design. He has over 15 years of experience in the art world and credits Hip Hop music as a source of inspiration.
Jemal McClary@seeoneart Born in New York City in 1980, Jemal McClary has been fueled by creative curiosity joined with a big imagination ever since picking up a crayon. Jemal began illustrating as a young child inspired by his love for comic books, Japanese animation and the colorful graffiti of the late 80’s and 90’s. In 2009 the artist created a style termed “Shards,” colorful, layered, swirling, sharp shapes reminiscent of broken shards of glass weaved in between tags, drips and texture. His style emerged onto canvases and walls that have come to represent New York’s brand of contemporary graffiti hybrid abstraction.
MISTER E@mister_e Evan Rosen, aka “Mister E,” is a young artist based in Miami, Florida. He is the owner of the popular gallery ETTRA in Delray’s Pineapple Grove Art District. Mister E believes “money talks.” Most of his art is centered around the idea of money, currency, and the overall happiness and sadness it can bring to people of various walks of life. His work infuses color, street art elements, and always a dose of relevant economic welfare of a person or the nation.
Jordana Schrager@by_Jordana Jordana is the owner and designer of by Jordana. She first doodled on a pair of white sneakers in high school and wore them to school the next day. After receiving great feedback and many orders for her custom shoes, by Jordana was born. Today, Jordana has created custom hand-drawn sneakers and apparel for people all around the world, including celebrities such as Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Nick Cannon and companies such as SoulCycle, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, Adidas, Reebok, Sharpie, Taco Bell, and Jamba Juice.
Chris (Robots Will Kill)@ChrisRWK A child of the 70's into the 80s, Chris' world was often completely flooded with the imagery and ideas presented by his television, his comic books, and the music and movies of the time. Immersed in these various mediums, Chris began to store the images brought forward though these everyday experiences in what he refers to as a "mental journal". This journal was a haven of his thoughts that he could refer back to whenever necessary. Chris' paintings frequently cite past conceptions of popular culture embedded in his psyche's cache. This use of intertextuality also serves to offer a comfort or familiarity of sorts to the viewer. Chris' works frequently reveal everyday musings and people one would pass on the street without looking or thinking about twice. These images also aid Chris in the creation of a visual language comprised of his own iconographic imagery. Through the repetition of this imagery, Chris strives to familiarize his viewers with the language he has constructed. Chris believes that the notions within his pieces serve as a backbone to the many stories created by the onlooker when he or she is viewing the work.
Danielle Mastrion@DanielleBKNYC Danielle is an NYC-based artist, painter and muralist. Born and raised in Brooklyn, NY, Danielle graduated with a B.F.A in Illustration at Parsons School of Design. Her clients / partnerships include Luna Park NYC, Budweiser, New Balance, A&E Channel, Stetson & Google Play. Her interior commissions include Temerario NYC, Serenata Restaurant, Hope Garage, Limon Jungle Restaurant, The Breukelen. Her murals in NYC include the Beastie Boys tribute on Ludlow & Rivington Street; the Kool Herc & MCA tribute on 5POINTZ; She has painted a series of commemorative murals for The Yankees at Yankee Stadium in The Bronx. She completed the largest mural in Coney Island for Luna Park NYC & will continue on to three more walls.
TYP@typcollection Troy Murray, a.k.a. TYP, is a Detroit, Michigan native living out his dream of becoming a full-time artist showcasing deep, thought-provoking experiences in each piece. Troy uses art as a medium to cast light on the experiences he endured through years of addiction and recovery
Matt Corrado@mattcorradoart Matt is an artist and designer based in Washington, DC. His bold and graphic work is heavily influenced by his youth and love for pop art, skateboarding and comic books. Matt's work is vibrant and sharp and has been described in the Washington Post as having "it's ingredients are ready-mades, visible all around us and available to be recombined endlessly like strands of cultural DNA.” Recognized across Washington, DC and beyond, his large murals, graphics and brand partnerships include the likes of Nike, &Pizza, Kung Fu Tea, Converse and more. Matt attended Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 2005. Matt is also co-founder and creative director of Bright Light Media, a full service creative agency he co-founded in 2011.
JESSE RUBINSTEIN@jesse_gre Jesse Rubinstein is a Brooklyn based jewelry designer that specializes in festival inspired body wear. When creating her custom Nylite sneakers, Jesse deconstructed her jewelry and applied them to the sneakers for a bedazzled look.
For Those Who Sin@forthosewhosin Founder and creator of “For Those Who Sin,” Alex Miller, was born on November 3rd, 1990 into a working-class family living in Arlington, Texas. Miller’s talents for the creative arts were recognized at a young age through the encouragement of his grandmother to illustrate. Interest in design and digital art came at the age of 14, when an art teacher introduced Alex to the computer art program, Photoshop. After high school, Alex attended college in Northeast Ohio where he received a formal education in Visual Communication/Graphic Design. He quickly realized that a 9-5 office job wasn’t the career path for him. Miller decided he would further his design career into an apparel design and moved to Los Angeles. He strarted working under a designer to begin his own career as a fashion designer. In 2016, he launched the brand “For Those Who Sin.” Alex has always had a knack for pushing people’s perspective on controversial issues, and his work mirrors his out loud approach to getting people’s attention and creating conscious conversation.
Timmy Sneaks@timmysneaks Timmy Sneaks is a mixed media artist, hailing from Boston. Sneaks’ pieces have been showcased in major markets including New York, Los Angeles and most recently, at Art Basel in Miami. His latest series was showcased in his hometown with exposure in high profile locations such as The Lamborghini Boston, The W Hotel Boston, Bijou Nightclub and Liquid Art House. Sneaks’ artistic style blends bright colors with iconic pop characters. He uses an array of mediums including spray paint, acrylic, pastel, oil, collage, resin and marker. His clientele is diverse and spans across the globe, with a significant customer base comprised of professional athletes and musicians.
Rubina Dyan@artbydyan Rubina Dyan (Khanzadyan) was born in Yerevan, Armenia and raised in Barcelona, Spain. Her curiosity for art sparked at a very early age through the distinct art and architecture of Catalonia and she has been developing her own recognizable style ever since. She has been selling her work since the age of seventeen and has been able to combine her modeling career with her passion for art in various collaborations with designers and brands. She currently resides in New York and is working on a new collection of pieces that will be showcased in her first solo show in 2018.
Vincent Brooks@V.A.B. Vincent Aaron Brooks aka VAB is an artist and sneaker customizer from Chicago. A long time "sneaker head" he's known for his vibrant gradient work and unique approach to customizing sneakers for clients around the world. As an artist, he gears his comic/street art style canvas pieces towards addressing social issues and inspiring a better outlook on life for people who otherwise aren't fed positivity on a regular basis.
Drew Townsend@lookwhat_idrew Torn between being a renaissance man and a crafty villain, Drew is NYC-based Art Director/Illustrator currently designing for an all-natural skincare and beauty brand. He loves all aspects of design and taking on new challenges. Outside of the office, you can find Drew nose deep in his sketchbook perfecting his own artistic style focusing on comic character designs using bold typography and new mediums.
Miss Zukie@zukie_art Alison Perez, aka Miss Zukie, is a contemporary artist from NYC and the creator and designer of the Zukie character. "Zukies are mysterious creatures that do not talk. They communicate with thought bubbles and facial expressions. Zukies intend to generate emotions through their visual thoughts and that is how they create an emotional bond with us." - Miss Zukie. Zukies were born in 2010. In 2011, DIY Zukies were released and are being sold worldwide.
Mike Schlossberg@planetmikeysloshtastic Michael was born and raised in River Edge, New Jersey. He has found his love for art in sketching and drawing on blank canvas’ within his own home. From paintings of animated cartoon characters to doodles, being able to express himself through his art has become a hobby outside of his fulltime sales position within the garment industry.
MAYA MYLES@Madame_Maya Maya Myles is a mixed media artist from Long Beach, CA. She recently graduated from Howard University, where she found her love of art after taking a painting class as an elective. After 3 short years, Maya has significantly grown as an artist and really developed her own style. Maya often incorporates different types of material/fabrics and different painting techniques into her art, which really make her pieces stand out.
MARNI BRUCATO@marnibee Marni began her obsession with drawing as soon as she could hold a pencil. She was largely influenced by her uncle Reid Austin, who worked with the legendary Alberto Vargas, as the editor of Playboy for 20 years. His pin up girl illustrations infused glamour and feminine mystique into the walls of her family home. With over 15 years of experience as an Art Director in NYC, Marni has designed across a range of categories, from fashion & beauty to liquor & jewelry. Her work for both mass and luxury brands spans across print, digital, broadcast, packaging and most recently, apparel graphics at Victoria’s Secret. She is known for her keen eye for trends and her passion for transforming ideas into inspired visual stories.
Beatriz Williams@beatrizwilliams.art Beatriz is an artist living in NYC. In July of 2017, she debuted her solo exhibition in the lower east side of Manhattan. Her work draws upon classic painting techniques, through the use of vibrant color, to achieve a bold graphic style.
Lungebox@lungebox Lungebox is an artist and illustrator based in New York. Primarily a street artist, his wheatpastes, stickers, and small resin sculptures can be regularly found throughout the city. Lungebox is inspired by the free form collaboration with other artists and the effects of time and nature that are a byproduct of placing art in public space.
Jeremy Penn@jeremypenn New York-based modern artist Jeremy Penn, was born in 1979 in New York City and studied Fine Art at both the University of Maryland and Pratt Institute. His works have been exhibited internationally and received honors from curators at museums such as The Museum of Modern Art, New York and The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Penn’s work is prized within some of the world’s most prestigious modern art collections and institutions.
Kaplan Twins@The_Kaplan_Twins Allie and Lexie are identical twin artists who work as a collaborative team. They both received Bachelor of Fine Arts degree’s from New York University and are currently living and working in Los Angeles, California. Their work explores the complex nature of the alter ego and its role in the various ways different audiences perceive these personas through media manipulation, cultural taboos, celebrity culture, twin identities, fantasies, and fascinations. The Kaplan Twins insert themselves in almost all of their works, as a sort of narcissism, and objectify themselves and their subjects. Their work is a commentary on celebrity exploitation and its role in fame, mass media’s reconstruction of reality through manipulation, shock, and spectacle, the seduction of abjection, and the concept of self. Ultimately leading the viewer to interpret their works not just as objects, but as entertainment. More than anything, they like to be themselves and have fun with the work they make.
Sam Machover@itsbysam It’s By Sam is one of social media’s biggest art sensations with an ever-expanding network of top companies, and a range of custom items. Sam is always looking to take on a challenge and try something new. She has collaborated created artwork that can be enjoyed all over New York City and the country and was thrilled to use her marbleizing technique with this killer collaboration with Tretorn.
Beija Velez@beijamvelez Beija is a 21-year-old multi-dimensional creative born in Atlanta and raised in Decatur, Georgia. She's currently an on-camera personality for Complex and specializes in cut-and-sew design, creative direction, and street basketball. Prior to Complex, Beija was a creative consultant and ran social media for an 8-time Grammy Award-winning R&B artist. Now she's using that experience and knowledge gained to expand her own social and world-wide presence, displaying her personal sense of style and artistic direction with a cohesive aesthetic that shares a very intimate story tracking her growth as an influential individual.
Elle Street Art@ellestreetart Although ELLE began as an illegal graffiti artist in New York, ELLE is now considered one of the top touring street artists. ELLE considers her paintings to be poetry. She creates stories by collaging disparate images: powerful females, flora and fauna, classical paintings juxtaposed with pop-culture and high fashion imagery, revealing purposefully designed messages to the world. Her passion for the environment and feminism are shown throughout her pieces. Her work has been exhibited in the prestigious Saatchi Gallery in London, Urban Nation Museum in Berlin, and as a two-hundred-foot-tall projection onto the facade of the New Museum in New York. Vogue Australia featured ELLE’s recent artworks in “32 pieces of Melbourne street art to see before you die,” and her graffiti is featured in the new Tom Clancy video game: The Division. “She holds specific and hard to find creative talent which cannot be taught nor replicated.” -The Taboo Group. ELLE’s current agenda is raising awareness of the hazards of global warming and ocean acidification affecting the world’s reefs. ELLE was approached to collaborate with sportswear brand Reebok. The brief was to take her energetic street style and apply it to clothing. The result, the 2016 ELLExReebok graffiti legging and subsequently, the 2017 ELLExReebok yoga capsule collection.
Ari Lankin@arilankin Ari was inspired by the clean lines and timeless design of the shoe itself. The small sized shoe inspired a more fun and feminine vibe. He decided to utilize his CMYK color palette, a palette he returns to again and again. One of the reasons Ari revisits this palette is because it is utilized to produce all of the colors in a lot of printed material and screens. He decided to add the reflector beads and silver to give some elegant pop creating a shoe that could be worn to the disco, or the dinner party.
Mason Eve@masoneve Mason is a Brooklyn based painter, designer, and teaching artist. Her work ranges from intricate geometric paintings to large-scale murals. She is inspired by the energy of New York City itself, and the stories of the people who live here. Mason Eve's creative process centers around telling your story and trusting your story. She is interested in art as a means for social change and believes Nina Simone articulated the role of the artist best when she said, "an artist’s duty...is to reflect the times."
Nava SaadNava is a Brooklyn based artist who is currently a senior in high school.
Amelia Hernandez@ameliaandart Amelia Hernandez is 21 years old and just graduated as a graphic designer. She lives in Berkeley, CA with her cat Brenda. Amelia has always loved arts n' crafts, and was taught to paint and draw by her mother as a small child. Her favorite form of art is illustration but, also enjoys working with modeling clay, which is what she used for her shoe design. Amelia’s Nylite 50 design was inspired by crocodile mouths and those wind-up chattering teeth toys.
ZACH STROHSCHEIN@zachstroh Zach Strohschein is one of the contest winners from Tretorn’s Social Media Artist Series Contest.
Nicole Jellen@colorkarmaqueen Nicole Jellen is one of the contest winners from Tretorn’s Social Media Artist Series Contest.
Tre MilanTre Milan is a 16-year old, high school senior, fashion design student and Art Start Emerging Artist from the Bronx. Through his participation at Art Start, he is enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology's Pre-College Program where he is developing his fashion line: UNMATCHED- a brand inspired by the odd ones out, the misfits, and the people who do not match the crowd. In his own words: "I realize I am a misfit to the world. I am going to use my work to make something unbelievably beautiful that everyone wants. It will be exclusive but inclusive."
Mwuana@mwuana This “renaissance man”, whom Scandinavians have learned to know as MWUANA, is currently a successful recording artist and a fashion designer. Born Robin Nyström in Stockholm, Sweden, his first passions were music and painting. With an ongoing successful path in music, and the start-up clothing line “Me & My Homies”, he is now expanding his vision to other avenues in which to define his creativity.