“I always wanted to make shoes that were the Antichrist to pretty pumps and kitten heels.” – Nicholas Kirkwood
It is this attitude that has Nicholas Kirkwood at the top of his game. Here is a designer that at just 28 years of age is hitting the dizzy heights of super designer status so early in his career that he is being requested to collaborate with designers such as Rodarte, Chloè, Zac Posen and Gareth Pugh.
“The first time I ever saw his shoes, I knew he was destined for greatness.” – Yasmin Sewell
A very busy designer, Nicholas designs about 350 styles a season, but how did this couture cobbler get started? While studying at Central Saint Martins College in London, he worked for milliner extraordinaire Philip Treacy in his London store. “All these ladies would bring in their outfits to try on with their hats… fabulous… exciting outfits, like McQueen. But horrendous shoes – all girlie with bows on. I thought, “Maybe I can do something about that.”‘
Following a year in a technical course at Cordwainers (the shoe-making college), Kirkwood took his first collection that he had made on his kitchen table to Paris. He didn’t sell a single pair but fast-forward four years and not only does Kirkwood have a small artisanal Italian factory making his creations, but he is stocked in 85 stores around the world.