What does it take to run an independent sneaker brand in 2018? Sure, that's a big question, but one we think is worth getting to the bottom of, especially as the men's footwear market continues to boom and shows no signs of slowing down. That's why we sat down with Armand Wilson, founder of Artefact NYC. Artefact and its minimal takes on classic silhouettes has carved out a distinct niche in the sneaker world, and represents the best of what small, entrepreneurial brands are bringing to the table. Read our conversation with Armand below and then shop a limited run of two brand new colorways of Artefact's Nº85 sneaker made exclusively for Grailed.

Photography: Christopher Fenimore

Model: Nate Brown

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