This week, we brought you the introduction of our newest platform ‘Ask TEAMFP’ which you’ll now able to find live on our website.
In an effort to bring you, the community closer to our team, over the next couple of weeks we’ll be introducing to you some of the team members that will be on hand to offer you in-depth looks into product, in-store sizing guidance and styling advice whilst also being able to offer you a greater insight into our local community.
This week, we meet Kevin. Born and raised in Paris suburbs, Kevin has worked for several years in the retail industry. Kevin will talk about his influences, Paris, and his relationship to Footpatrol !
FP: To start things off, tell me a little bit about yourself and where you’re from?
Kevin: My name is Kevin, I am 26 years old and I come from the suburbs of Paris (95). After several years in retail I landed at Footpatrol.
FP: When did you first realise you had a passion for trainers?
Kevin: Ever since I was little, I always saw my dad wearing Air Max 90. I thought it was cool, but as a soccer fan since I was little I used all my shoes for playing. It wasn’t until I was a senior in high school that a friend of mine would frequently talk to me about shoes and over time I became interested in them. As soon as I had a little money and after a few purchases, I realised that this was a world I was passionate about.
FP: How long have you been working for Footpatrol?
Kevin: For 9 months now. It seems like yesterday, time goes by so fast.
FP: What do you like about working for Footpatrol/ being part of the Footpatrol community?
Kevin: What I like about Footpatrol is the atmosphere that emerges from the shop: it has its own identity. It favours cultural exchanges linked to a common passion with the customers which can lead to discussions or meetings more than interesting.
FP: How would you describe your style in three words?
Kevin: Street / Mix of influences / Cosy (I like to be comfortable in what I wear)
FP: Le Marais is a very lively society with a lot of cultural influence. What does Le Marais mean to you?
Kevin: It represents the centre of Paris with its choice of stores, restaurants, museums and art galleries. It’s a district that I appreciate because you feel good there. If you have never been there before, I invite you to do it as soon as possible, this area is very lively.
FP: Where are your top three places to visit in Le Marais?
Kevin: Footpatrol of course (come and see us), the Perrotin galleries for the cultural side and the Place des Vosges if you want to relax a bit after visiting the whole area.
FP: What’s your all-time favourite shoe?
Kevin: The choice is complicated but I would say the Bapesta College Dropout, this pair is so iconic.
FP: What would you say are your top three favourite releases this year?
Kevin: I would say:
-Air Max Sunder Comme des Garçons
-Asics Gel Kayano 14 Jjjjound
These are the 3 pairs that made my year, of course there are many other releases that I thought were cool, but I think these are my 3 favourites (for now).
FP: How would you describe your music taste? Any favourite music artists at the moment?
Kevin: My music taste is varied, I can really listen to anything. I can go from trap to jazz to pop to DMV. It all depends on my mood. The one I’m listening to the most at the moment is Autumn! I really like what he’s doing, second is Kanye (timeless, Donda is in my pantheon of best albums) and then Serane and Boofpaxkmooky who are very talented.
FP: As you know it is the 20th anniversary of Footpatrol, what is like being a part of the team on such a big landmark year?
Kevin: It’s an honour for me, I knew Footpatrol while walking in the Marais 3 years ago, I appreciated the atmosphere of the shop and I met Gabriel, aka Don Emotion, we exchanged and one thing leading to another he passed on his love for this brand.
FP: What does great customer service mean to you?
Kevin: Good customer service is an exchange between the customer and the salesperson: communication and good humour. The customer doesn’t just come to buy or see our products, he also comes for the team and the atmosphere in the shop. People like to come and we have to make sure that we maintain this image.
FP: Can you explain the benefits of the Ask Team FP service?
Kevin: It’s nice for the customer to have someone to talk to for any recommendations. However, being a small team in a small shop we have to keep our attention on it, it is enough that there is a rush in the shop and we can’t answer people because of lack of time. We need a Footpatrol customer service department dedicated to the website and the Ask service.