For Nick Lucio, the former founder of Dolls Vita, launching a new brand meant moving in a completely different direction where less is more. Lucio and former Dolce Vita creative director Megan Key Campus enter a new label Oncept.
“We would make thousands of samples and they would all go in the trash, so we’re not going to do it the old way,” said Lucio. “We don’t need as much product, but we need better quality, we need lasting, versatile, and things that are less harmful to the planet.” Oncept, which oƒofficially launched in May, consists of five seasonless styles: a slide sandal, mule, flat and two sneakers created with comfort in mind.
“As a designer, a small edit allows you to step back, take your time, be inspired and really concentrate,” added Campos, who said she was inspired by furniture and botanical hues. “This is enjoyable. I’ll be honest — you get burned out the other way when you’re just making things, churning out shoes as fast as you can go.”
The styles, retailing from $250 to $300, are also made through a “fashion conscious” lens via a female-owned and operated factory in China, using responsible materials such as recycled nylons, sugarcane EVA, Tencel linings and bio-based insole foam.
While Oncept is available online via direct-to-consumer, Lucio and Campos are focused on supporting independent businesses through their wholesale strategy, rather than retail in department stores.
Anthony Brown, manager of the Shoes on King boutique in Charleston, S.C., said, “The line is so different than what he did at Dolce Vita, and it’s a refreshing new entry to the marketplace. The fit, the price point and materials — we’ve had an amazing reaction to the product.” Find more.