Exclusive: Pharrell Williams on Collaborating with Stan Smith — and Learning How to Score Tennis

Pharrell Williams, who recently released a new single titled “Lemon” featuring Rihanna, has been on a fashion collaboration tear this year.
While the rapper-producer launched the Adidas Originals HU NMD and Chanel shoes at the Paris boutique Colette in November, it’s his work with the legendary Stan Smith that resonates with him on a personal level.
“The [Stan Smith sneaker] serves as the perfect billboard space for all kinds of textures and to message things,” he said.
The music star told Footwear News that the tennis legend, who nabbed the Lifetime Achievement Award on Nov. 28, helped usher in a series of sneaker collaborations where “the design is perfect.”
Williams (L) sits with Smith at the 2016 U.S. Open to watch Serena Williams play.
Here, Williams shares some exclusive secrets on what life is really like working alongside Smith.
Why are you so fond of Stan Smith, the person?
“Because Stan happens to be the person who figured out — or was part of the team who figured out — what a classic shoe design would be for decades on end.”
What’s your favorite thing about getting to know him?
“He is one of the most calm, gentle, patient people you will ever meet. He’s calm in the sense that

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