David Raysse is the founder of performance footwear brand BRANDBLACK. Born in Paris to two founding members of fashion house KENZO, Raysse moved to New York as a young child and played competitive basketball throughout his childhood. While studying for a Bachelor’s degree in Industrial Design at the Pratt Institute, Raysse became involved with FILA and designed the popular Grant Hill II basketball shoe in 1995 at the age of 22. He then joined adidas as its Director of Basketball in 1997, before returning to FILA as the Lead Designer of Running, Training, Basketball in 2001.
Raysse has also held positions at brands like Rocawear, Sean John and Phat Farm, as well as studying under revered architect and product designer Philippe Starck. In 2007, Raysse joined Skechers as Global VP of Design for its Performance Division, developing the Go Run line that boosted the brand’s profile significantly in the 2014 Boston Marathon. Raysse then founded BRANDBLACK in 2012, with its debut line releasing in 2014 to much fanfare. Since then, BRANDBLACK has seen its profile upped consistently in the world of performance footwear, signing Jamal Crawford on as its ambassador in 2013.