Frances Valentine, the new accessories brand started by Kate and Andy Spade (of Kate Spade New York fame) launches this month with shoes and handbags at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. The creative couple who met at Arizona State over 30 years ago sold the namesake brand to Liz Claiborne, Inc. in 2006. Now they are partnering with original partner Elyce Arons on a pricier line of shoes and handbags that they hope to grow slowly—with Andy in charge of marketing and Kate focused on design. Read more in Business of Fashion.
Categories: Industrywatch, Merch Marketing, Footwear Design
Lindsay Fontenot graduated in March with her Professional Designation Degree in Merchandise Product Development. Just two weeks into her new job as an Assistant Footwear Designer/Product Developer at 3Dee International, a footwear agency in Long Beach, she w … Read More
FIDM Footwear Design Grad Kim Thomas is the co-founder of Jen + Kim Shoes, a custom shoe company she started in 2007 with her business partner, Jen Bonopartis. Every pair is custom and made to measure here in California. Since we last caught up with Kim five … Read More
Winter 2015 footwear trends are bold, sensuous, earthy, and fun. Pops of red abound, providing much needed contast to pale neutrals and greys. Shades used by the old masters such as deep reds, smoked rosin, coral orange, and gold moss accentuate a painterly … Read More
As Christian Louboutin would say, "A shoe has so much more to offer than just to walk." For all of you shoe lovers, here are 5 incredible sketches created by FIDM Footwear Design students. Interested in designing for a footwear brand, or launching y … Read More
WSA@MAGIC and FIDM recently hosted the Footwear Design Scholarship Design Contest 2014. Entrants had to submit one footwear design sketch in the Junior/Contemporary and Evening/Fantasy categories for the Spring 2015 season. The two winners, recent FIDM Grad … Read More
Converse is taking Walmart, Kmart, Skechers and others to court to halt copying of their iconic Chuck Taylor All Stars. "Trademark infringement is difficult to prove in the fashion world," reports The New York Times. "The law does not allow companies to protec … Read More
It's official. Sneakers are socially appropriate footwear for men in suits (and other non-athletic wear), according to the fashion arbiters of the New York Times. In a roundup that includes interviews with fashion industry insiders who say that athletic shoe … Read More
Personalizing your shoes is not a new concept. Nike started Nike ID, and many were able to design their own shoes, and include their name or personal logo. Monogramming has been a growing trend in accessories. You can have your initials in jewelery, handb … Read More
For a shoe designer, there are many aspects to design when it comes to footwear: the upper, the heel, the outsole, the insole (depending on the type of shoe), hardware, and the outsole plate. The outsole plate is the part of the shoe that strikes the grou … Read More
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