Brian Atwood is one of my all-time favorite shoe designers. I have featured his pieces numerous times and out of all the shoes that you will ever buy, I implore you to buy a pair from him. I snagged a pair from a Net-A-Porter sale a few years back and now they are one of my closet’s most prized possessions.
In the wake of masstige collections, Brian has decided to release a lower-priced line named B. Brian Atwood. The line officially debuts on August 25th on Saks.com, but Kelly Framel of The Glamourai is giving us a sneak peek of the campaign, the designs and some insight into Brian’s mind with an interview.
Read some excerpts below:
In many ways, shoe making seems more akin to architecture than to fashion design. How did you learn this craft, and who were your role models as a young designer?
When I was younger I loved building model houses, but it wasn’t until I started working at Gianni Versace that I learned the art of making shoes. It is like building a house. You need the correct foundation or the shoe doesn’t support the wearer.
When designing a new collection where do you begin? Does it start with developing new last shapes, materials, etc.?
First it starts with last shapes and heels that you would like to see, then you begin with your color card and material to follow. After that it all comes together as your vision evolves.
*Images courtesy of The Glamourai.