Les Benjamins

Bünyamin Aydin Semi Permanent Middle East 2021
Bünyamin Aydin Semi Permanent Middle East 2021
Bünyamin Aydin was born in Neuss, Germany, and relocated to Istanbul, Turkey at age 12. The Les Benjamins brand is a coalescence of founder and designer Bünyamin Aydin’s interests in drawing, photography, and art. “The brand is a touch point for people to enter our world. I want people to feel part of our movement, which begins with the East.” In 2017, Aydin’s work caught the attention of Nike. Aydin was commissioned to be part of a global campaign titled Vote Forward; where he was selected as 1 of 12 designers to imagine the future of Air Max. This partnership later developed into a program of custom  Air Force 1s, when Nike commissioned Aydin to create 100 Istanbul-inspired Air Force 1s, sold at a pop-up event. These projects have positioned Aydin as Turkey’s foremost sneaker authority, and a collector whose eye drifts towards limited edition and autographed models. Aydin is a passionate photographer and a proud ambassador of Leica. He also spends his spare time as a music curator and DJ, both internationally and in his hometown of Istanbul. While Aydin is firmly rooted in his Turkish heritage, he is also an avid traveller and explorer.
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