Christopher Coy is a new label creating a serious buzz in the luxury shoe market and it is the creation of Christopher Dixon and childhood friend and Carolina Panther Cortland Finnegan. Growing up in North Carolina both men were brought together by their love of sports, fashion and footwear.
Mr. Coy decided to act on his passion for footwear design by attending the Pensole Footwear Design Academy started by Jordan designer Dwayne Edwards. It was at this academy where Christopher’s technical design abilities was honed and he began to learn every facet of shoe design.
The intense studies at Pensole enabled Christopher Coy to become the inaugural FN Platform Future of Footwear Competition winner and to create a patented dual-heel design that is attention-getting and comfortable at the same time.
Each shoe is made from leather carefully obtained from select tanneries in Italy. Also, performance materials such as ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) and Poron are used to provide extra support for high pressure areas.
According to Dixon the Christopher Coy woman loves not only luxury clothing but luxury cars, locales and exotic animals. It is for this woman why Christopher Coy always creates beautiful and artisanal shoes that she can appreciate.
Mr. Marras was born in Alghero, Italy in 1961. Antonio was surrounded by fashion as a result of his father owning several fashion boutiques. Marras did not have a formal fashion education but was so good that an entrepreneur recognized his skills and invested in his ready to wear venture. Shortly, after this investment Antonio made his first collection in 1987.
Marras really started to gain momentum in 1996 as a result of having another fashion show in Rome and presenting a collection in Milan for the first time. After this milestone the accolades began to pour for Marras and in 2001 won the Francesca Alinovi award in Bologna. Women’s fashion was not the only focal point for Antonio and in 2002 showed his first men’s collection at Pitti Immagine Uomo and after this became a regular presence at the Milan fashion shows.
LVMH recognized his talents and he was named Creative Director of Kenzo, a position he held until 2011. Mr. Marras is known for fusing fashion, history and culture into a well-pleasing and fabulous fashion collection.
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A couple of my friends told me about this interesting brand and I am happy to do an article on them. The label puts functioning clocks on its shoes and you can set each clock in a different time zone. The label was started by Mia Marić who came up with the idea for the brand in 2008. Marić wanted to create a label that combined fashion design, graphic design, photography and social media to create a one-of-a-kind brand. Clox Shoes launched in 2012 and production takes place in Croatia and Italy.
The label currently has a campaign on Indiegogo and here is the link to their page. I am sure you will not be disappointed in purchasing a pair for yourself or friends.
One of the influences for Pre-Fall 2016 is technology. The third style in this article has a futuristic silhouette due to its metallic silver color and oversized rubber bottom. Another worthy influence I see comes from the neon crazed 80s and it is the color palette of choice for the boots in this article.
This collection wins as a result of the unique silhouettes created for 2016. You have neon dots, neon dripping paint and a low-top moon boot to assist in your trip back in time.
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I’Alave is the brainchild of designer Eva Lai. Eva was born in Taipei, Taiwan and as a result of her burgeoning love of fashion decided to attend the London College of Fashion. During her final year at the college Lai realized her true passion was shoe design and decided to pursue this love after graduating in 2006. I’Alave was established in 2013 in San Francisco as a way for Eva to create shoes that were the perfect blend of femininity and comfort. Each shoe is made in Italy and in 2014 the label was chosen by Vogue Italia to participate in the Vogue Fashion Dubai Experience.
I’Alave continues to receive favorable reviews in the press and it is result of Eva’s unique fashion perspective and trend-setting feminine designs. All of the styles in the article are currently available from the I’Alave website.
The Rossi name is a significant one when it comes to shoe design. From Sergio to his son Gianvito they both have made significant strides in the fashion industry. Pre-Fall 2016 mostly focuses on booties and as you can see two of the styles in this article are made out of suede. The second style from the top really caught my attention because it is made out of shearling. You rarely see this material used for shoe construction and that is one of the reasons why it appealed to me so much. Each shoe can currently be purchased from the mytheresa e-commerce site.
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Pumps are the focus of Tom’s 2016 Pre-Fall collection. Each one has a spike stiletto and has a pointed-toe. The first one has a lovely lock made out of gold and skinny straps. Mr. Ford’s shoes are just as desirable as his apparel and each style can be purchased from the mytheresa website.
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The Wanna be Rio oxford peep-toe flatform has arrived just in time for the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. Each style is made out of plastic and is perfect for the beach or chilling by the pool. Each style can be purchased from the Melissa website and you can see the other flatform colors below.
I like the styles of Ferragamo’s 2016 Pre-Fall collection because it is less conservative than styles from their previous collections. Three out of the four styles in this article have pop colors and the grey pointed toe d’orsay has a sexy fur trim. Despite the fact that these styles might not be suitable for frigid locations these shoes can be just as easily worn in the spring.]]>
The story of DEL TORO begins with founder Matthew Chevallard. Matthew was born in Torino, Italy and the label’s original focus was men’s shoes. Chevallard started the company in 2005 to fill a void in the marketplace for affordable customized velvet slippers.
After the company’s initial success DEL TORO expanded into other shoe silhouettes such as wingtips, chukkas, drivers and espadrilles. Each style is handmade in Torino, Italy and according to Mr. Chevallard caters to “grown-up sneakerheads” This group loves silhouettes that are classical and made out of the finest luxury materials.
DEL TORO is one of the few labels that produce stylish shoes for men as well as women and I cannot wait to show all of you their men’s collection. For now their women’s styles will have to do and I know you will enjoy them.