August 30 2014

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stuart weitzman, tireless sole man


Editors spend a good part of fashion week looking for the next big thing. Will it be Joseph Altuzarra? Or maybe this will be José Ramón Réyes’ season, since word on the runway is that his Saturday afternoon show has quite the big-time editor list confirmed. Interest in such boutique labels makes us sometimes forget the sheer volume that some of fashion’s hallmark brands produce. Like shoe designer Stuart Weitzman, who revealed at the Wednesday night opening of his new Madison Avenue flagship that he’s responsible for upward of 350 new styles of shoes every year. That’s a lot of pumps. And to make them all, the former New Yorker spends more than eight months of the year in Spain, where his factories are located—despite the fact that the city is the full-time residence of Jane Weitzman, his better half. “Not that I’m complaining,” he said. “Spain is one of the few European countries that don’t hate Americans yet.” On display at the store party was a series of celebrity-designed and autographed shoes that will be auctioned off this month on the Weitzman Web site, with proceeds going to ovarian cancer research. Ivanka Trump’s pump boasted a few real diamond chips (from the Ivanka Trump Collection, we assume); Rachel Bilson’s contribution combined feathers and plaid; and Kiefer Sutherland got political and promotional with his shoe, which had an American flag and “24″ emblazoned on the sole.

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