Common Projects is a luxury footwear brand founded by Prathan Poopat and Flavio Girolami in 2004. Though the brand primarily operates out of New York City, its operations are based in two locations, with design and business operations taking place in the US, and production taking place in Italy. Poopat and Girolami founded their brand after searching for a pair of premium casual shoes that would feel luxurious to wear without sacrificing any style or timeless appeal. The brand’s name comes from the fact that the duo often found themselves working on “common projects” together. They challenged a luxury footwear factory in Italy to create this shoe – supposedly the first sneaker that factory had ever created – and the end result was a completely unbranded sneaker not dissimilar to an adidas Stan Smith or Puma Gazelle. This shoe became known as the Achilles.