I just launched my second micro-collection on Alive Shoes… there’s a theme. Let’s get it.
Camo is always in style for some reason and I thought it would be fun to do a show collection that plays on the meaning and reason for camouflage. You know, hiding yourself in the background so you can pounce on things? That meaning.
A sophisticated take on the combat boot, Hiding features a 4.75 inch stiletto heel and platform for catwalk style strutting. Classic camo pattern Italian leather with black accents,perfect with pencil skirts or jeans. Pre-order your pair of Hiding ankle booties for $244 here.
Sneaking is easy in these high top boots military boots with rubber sole and stacked 2 inch heel. Camouflage Italian leather with fun, contrasting yellow laces. Padded at the ankle, so they’re ready to rock every day. Side zip for easy removal. Pre-order the Sneaking boot for $214 here.
in these Beatle boots will only get you compliments. Camouflage, with tricolor leather on the foot and red elastic gussets for contrast. Black fabric tab lets you pull them on quickly. Order the Lurking slip on boot for $214 here.
If you don’t wear sneakers for Spying… These have have a futuristic style that incorporates the camo and nods towards high fashion with black and white Italian leather details. The brass stars on a subtle navy strap make them even more distinctive. Pre-order your pair of high style Spying sneakers for $274 here.
I added three more designs to my shoe collection! All unisex with a sporty red, white and black color scheme and all geared towards maximizing your style while you get your chill on. (Hm, slightly cringey but we’ll keep going).
My first design is perfect for the summer months (and beyond if you’re brave enough to break out the athletic socks. Sharp white, black and grey Italian leather straps encase the foot while they rest on a cork bed. The soles are red rubber, with a textured bottom. Unisex, so they work as well with black tank and jeans as they would with a crisp fit and flare shirtdress. Six days left to order these beauties AND you can get $30 off when you pre-order
These are made to last you through every lazy beach day, picnic and amusement park outing. Solid black Italian leather trimmed in white, with red elastic gussets at the sides for stretch and a comfortable fit. Cute red rubber soles add a sporty, fun touch. Unisex, so you can get matching shoes with your s/o or bff. Use this code for $10 off HLTPSQAPFWP!
Get your training on with these Italian leather limited edition vintage style trainers. Perfectly suited for walking and running, Cushioned at the ankle, perforated toe cap, foam rubber soles for extra bounce. I’m really proud of how the red, black and white elements play off of each other. The sleek shape just embraces the foot like a sock. Get them! Get a pair for all your friends! Here’s a coupon for $10 off, GGFSYICRVLH
I love a high-top sneaker. They look good with suits, cropped wide legged trousers, cargo shorts, miniskirts, board shorts, khakis, jeans and whatever else you can think of to wear. White leather with a black stripe and toecap, but the red stripe is suede. White rubber sole features contrasting black stitching. Keep it all pulled together with red cotton laces. Use YIIEQEGJANIfor $10 off.
So excited to have my first capsule SEBMktBK(shoes) collection online and ready to shop! I can’t make it without you guys, so please, please, please help me make my shoe mogul dreams a reality. BTW, each pair is handmade with locally sourced Italian materials. There’s free shipping and no hassle returns for stress free shopping, too.
I was unexpectedly catapulted back into retail last year and I was bored. I was trying to think of a way to get a promotion while extending my job into something more creative, so I jumped on the Continuing Ed page at Fashion Institute of Technology‘s website to see if there was anything that I could turn into a bigger paycheck. I used to be a photographer, and have done some styling but I have no interest in doing photo shoots, so I had to find something that tied retail to art. Enter DE101 15A Prin D&E Dsgn – Small Scale Spring 2019 (a.k.a. Visual Merchandising)! I spent every Monday evening from February to May learning about why store displays look the way they look.
We had to build a foamcore shadowbox and every week there was a new assignment to create a contained display that expressed ideas and creativity without using words or being too obvious. This was the first assignment, white on white. Inspired by Superman’s Fortress of Solitude.
The next week was a black and white assignment where I painted sheets of paper with fast drying acrylic paint (neatly referencing the previous week’s cotton balls in the white on black paint splatters) and using these awesome Steve Madden Harpir boots. It’s amazing how much fun you can have being creative when you’re just taking one class and it’s not causing you to take out crippling loans!
This one was about selling health & beauty products, so I chose my fave perfume and did a presentation inspired by Magritte’s The Banquet, a painting that features a huge red sun. I feel like I could have done the roses on the side walls a little better, but I was trying to invoke a sort of 70s vibe, and infuse my presentation with the spirit of both disco and tango. So…yeah.
We did the holidays (my family is from Guyana and I live near Eastern Parkway so I just drew on my own Caribbean culture for this one.), accessories and famous personalities (can you guess who I did for my personality presentation?). We had to make everything in class so that the instructor could see our thought process, so it meant packing up my art supplies and lugging my big bag of foamcore box parts from Brooklyn to Manhattan,making a ritual out of stopping at the Starbucks across the street from school.
For this one I painted the backdrop to evoke water, like the water you soak your feet in for pedicures. Blue is such a spa color to me. We had to take an element of the product and repeat it throughout the design. I sat in the class tracing a foot-shaped cardboard piece that came with some socks I bought. I just sat there cutting out construction paper feet and stamping them with a round sponge brush. Good times.
This was my final project. I was thinking to do something grand, but then I found out all we had to do was design a presentation with fruit as the product. We couldn’t cut the fruit, put holes in it, paint or carve it… I was a little disappointed, because I thought it would be something more sophisticated. I decided to make mine about lemons because I have an actual lemon plant that came out of a seed that I planted. Just pretend it’s a warm summer day and you’re relaxing and anticipating a tall, cool glass of lemonade form the giant lemons that came off of your tree.
I know, what a boring post!
What I took away from this class is that creativity never leaves you, and that having to build a presentation on the spot every Monday was a great exercise in discipline. I really like looking back at my shadowbox creations, and I can always use what I learned to improve my online stores or maybe go back to styling… Maybe. I’m definitely thinking of taking the large scale class where you dress mannequins. And I passed with an A, so I felt pretty darned accomplished.