Search
Articles Interviews News About Contact

Five Minutes With

KEVIN BUI

 

With the market for customised goods growing stronger by the day, it’s safe to say that the market has become a little oversaturated. While there are a lot of talented creatives out there, it’s become a little harder to stand out from the crown. Kevin Bui or @kevinconcepts as he’s known on Instagram is easily one of the more memorable designers out there. We caught up with him to find out a little more regarding his work and his aspirations. 

 

Kevin, give us a little bit of background information on yourself? 

 

Hey! I’m Kevin Bui. I’m a self taught creative from Portland, Oregon, which ties me into my next point nicely. My dream is to become a footwear developer for Nike. It’s my favourite brand in the world and conveniently the global headquarters is also in Portland. 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Customized a pair of Chuck 70s for myself. Mood lately. Thanks to @herbjuice for the patches! 🙃 Inspired by Chinatown’s Converse.

A post shared by Kevin Bui (@kevinconcepts) on

 

Do you remember when you first fell in love with footwear? 

 

I can’t really say there was a specific moment. It’s just always been a huge part of my life. When I was in school I was a keen sportsman, playing soccer, basketball and all sorts of athletics. Obviously I wore sneakers during this period and began to learn a little about different brands and signature models, so I guess it stemmed from there. 

 

How did the creative aspect come into play here?

 

Once again, I studied art in school. I really loved it and eventually I combined my two passions by doodling onto a pair of sneakers. I didn’t think it would be something I’d still be doing years down the line, at the time it was just a bit of fun – but here we are!

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Air Max Day is coming up so I made myself a Cardholder Wallet with “AIR MAX” leather overlays. Not for sale.

A post shared by Kevin Bui (@kevinconcepts) on

 

Tell us about your career in the industry so far?

 

It’s come in leaps and bounds. Back in 2011 I had possibly the best experience of my life when I was offered the opportunity to undertake job shadowing at Jordan Brand headquarters. Any sneakerhead will tell you how important Jordan’s are to the whole scene, so to be a part of something that I’d lived and breathed for so long was an unreal opportunity. After this I studied business marketing at Portland State University, while working for Nike as a sales assistant the entire time. My love for Nike is just a constant thing. 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

I customized a pair of Blazers for myself for SNKRBALL. Added a double swoosh and a mini swoosh on the toe box.

A post shared by Kevin Bui (@kevinconcepts) on

 

How did you start selling your custom work? 

 

That was during my time at university too. It started off just as a hobby, and I would wear my own creations. It kind of just went crazy on Instagram at one point, so many people were asking where they could buy my stuff, so I guess I had to start producing them on a larger scale! It’s still a relatively small operation now though. 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

Second custom Levi’s denim jacket with vintage Nike patches from the thrift

A post shared by Kevin Bui (@kevinconcepts) on

 

What are your plans for the future?

 

To work for Nike! Not in a store anymore though. The dream is to become a Footwear Developer. It’s a crazy job and I’d get to work with all the things I love, creativity, materials and footwear. Some people would say it’s an unrealistic dream but I honestly believe that it’s possible. Not just for me, but for anyone! Fingers crossed, with my experience working for Nike previously, and my location being a huge plus point – I might just make it. I’ll keep you updated! 

 

SHOP KEVIN BUI’S CREATIONS NOW

 


Posted: April 17th, 2020 / Fashion, Interviews


Leave a Comment

Comments are closed.

Recent News