Meeting with Constantinos Panayiotou, the 2023 Independent Designer of the Year.

January 12, 2024

PET LIGER Founder and Visionary Artist, Constantinos Panayiotou reveals the story of the VERTEX LOVE Project. Global Footwear Awards 2023 Design of the Year.

Pushing the boundaries of single silhouettes. The first Heels series featuring the heart motif gained virality on Social Media with over 120K likes.

Could you share your concept behind the design of the Vertex Love high heels? What do you want to express with this design?

Since the theme is Love, what better way to express that than through the use of the universal symbol for love, the heart shape? I wanted the design to appear like it’s almost floating. Also, I wanted the texture and feel of it to look edible and sweet to the taste like candy. All this works together to create a feeling of pure ecstasy.

What inspired you to create the design of the Vertex Love high heels?

Constantinos creates a footwear design every day and posts it to the PET LIGER Instagram account, And he has been doing so for close to half a decade. The Vertex Love Heels were designed and uploaded on Feb 14th to Celebrate Valentine’s Day!

Would you share your approach to choosing the designs based on your whole brand?

PET LIGER is all about having fun and being playful, also I want to inspire others through my work and to make them feel a sense of epicness and awe! That’s how I feel when I’m putting my creations together.

How are the Vertex Love high heels manufactured? Is there any specific technology behind the unique design?

These are digital creations, for now, designed to be worn in the Metaverse. Digital and Onchain fashion is the future!

Based on your extraordinary designs, what do you want to add to the world as a designer?

Beautiful and Iconic silhouettes! Things that bring me joy.

If you could design this pair of heels one more time, what would you do differently?

I have already redesigned them countless times. You can find all the different iterations on the PET LIGER Instagram.

What makes you go to work every day?

Gratitude that today by some miracle I will help to bring something new into the world.

Do you have any new design projects you can share?

At the moment our main focus is bringing these digital works into the physical world. 2024 is the year we finally give the people what they have been asking for!


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