With years of experience under his belt as the leading footwear consultant for houses such as Marni, Marimekko, and SUNNEI, Swedish-Russian designer Achilles Ion Gabriel has established himself as a familiar name within the world of fashion-forward shoe design. In 2019, Gabriel channeled his unique design vernacular into the development of ION, the designer’s debut namesake ready-to-wear, accessories, and footwear label. Taking cues from Norse mythology and punk subculture, Gabriel weaves his Scandinavian heritage and contemporary interests to weave together artful, carefully-crafted, and eccentric collections. With the label’s innovative footwear vision as a focal point, ION offers leather square-toed ankle boots and eclectic sport sneakers. Fusing tradition with ingenuity, Gabriel’s Italian-made footwear designs offer a modern twist on classic silhouettes. Promoting individuality, ION turns away from contemporary trends and encourages self-expression by exploring uncharted aesthetic territory.