Symbolic Luxury Shoes

By Marcus Blassingame


A graduate with a BS degree in 1999 from the University of Chongqing, Owen Jiang spent many years learning the industry initially in his native China.

His men’s shoe brand brainchild Top Owens launched in 2015 as a luxury men’s shoe wear company when Owen took a leap of faith after 20 years of working in the footwear industry.

Influenced by and learning from of various Italian artisans in the luxury shoe market that he studied under, Owen developed the skills to design and create a high quality product and has embarked on a path to show the world that China can indeed produce excellent luxury and quality work.

Married with sons at age 43, Owen’s prides in that his all hand made collection is crafted from materials imported from Italy, hand sewn without aid of glue except at the top lift, exceeds the foundation of true quality footwear. With superb ingenuity, the brand is equally environmentally conscious in their production of these luxury items. Upon trying on a pair, after previously working under a different major luxury shoe brand myself, I must add that a very a pleasant experience of comfort best describes the fit of Top Owens footwear, coupled with excellent construction and workmanship with superb durability.

The Top Owens brand is fully established with a design studio in Milan along with 6 flagship stores in China and 1 in Sydney, Australia. In February 2019, Top Owens will has launched its e-commerce site in the USA as well as set luxury distribution points. More pointedly, in a collaboration with the multi-talented, veteran creative director Mykel C. Creative, Top Owens celebrated an outstanding premier of its F/W2019 collection as the closing note to New York Fashion Week at Punto Space on February 6, 2019, Which showcased not only the spectacular designs, but also the sensational campaign photographed by the legendary Sean P Waters, styled by Mykel C. Smith at the innovative luxury technology studio of MDRN Intellegent Living in New York NY.


Chef Charlie Marshall of Dianne and Elisabeth

Zyr Vodka

Cimarron Tequilla

Boondocks Bourbon

Stolen Rum

Bloomie Flower Studio

Bonefade Barbers

Stone Model Management


Punto Space

Mdrn Intelligent Living

Thanks to Mykel C Smith, Top Owens was able to collaborate with social media influencers as well as Hollywood Actors like 6 Time Daytime Emmy Nominee Max Ehrich (via stylist Marcus Gregory B) known for The Young and the Restless , Under the Dome and High School Musical 3: Senior Year, Victoria’s Secret and Vogue stylist Mickey Freeman, Izon Magazine and several other Media outlets. Within 5 years Top Owens will likely to be recognized as the "go to" brand for celebrities and influencers alike.

Editorials Below (Tap Images For Credits)

While Owen relies on innovation for the design of his high quality comfortable shoes, it is the demographic of 25 to 45 yr olds who place quality above price that have catapulted him to sales of $3million. It is that core client that Top Owens seeks to satisfy as the brand grows virally, internationally and worldwide.

By Marcus Blassingame

Campaign Credits:


Photography -Sean P. Watters

Creative Director /Stylist -Mykel C.Smith

Model -Chris Fawcett (Stone Model Mgmt)

Film-Jean Paul Dia

Post Production-Marco Massa

Grooming -Drishty D ‘Costa (using Bonefade Barbers Product)

Production Manager- Terrence Pender

Assistant Stylist -Daniel Dease

Assistant Production -Dimas Bravo

Assistant-Apollo Robinson

Shot on Location -Mdrn Intelligent Living