Meet the maestro: Nicholas Kirkwood

nicholas_kirkwood_all_rise_slide_01It is not surprising that Nicholas Kirkwood has inspired a fiercely loyal following from world’s most watched style icons. The brand launched in 2005, and has already 130 retailers in 35 countries – and still counting! The design purism stems from brand’s heart and brilliant creations themselves aim as high as their inventor.


In London, ideas come first!

MOUNT STREET BoutiqueMOUNT STREET BoutiqueThe revolution – this is exactly what Nicholas had done to the course of shoe design. The radical architectural heels, re-invention of the shoe’s platform and combination of the materials which were believed to be incongruous. What else would You expect from the graduate of Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers?

Nicholas Kirkwood sets himself apart with ingenuity and a design flair that makes him iconic in footwear design.

Kirkwood’s mind-blowing collaborations with such big labels as Chloé, Fendi, Swarovski, Preen, Erdem, Rodarte, Peter Pilotto, Roksanda Ilincic, Meadham Kirchhoff, Pollini, Zac Posen, Jonathan Saunders, Victoria’s Secret and Gareth Pugh do not require any commentary, they speak for themselves.

feature-carousel-05RodarteRodarteNickolas KirkwoodRoksanda IlincicVictoria's Secret 2012Victoria's Secret 2012Erdem and Peter PilottoI adore that Londoners’ spirit in Nicholas Kirkwood’s confections – his playful, graphic approach to design and innovative use of materials will definitely warm up Your fashionista heart. Kirkwood’s signature attitude is to balance form and line, while his mantra recaps sharp silhouettes, precision and definition first, decoration later.

Like all great designers, Kirkwood’s own world of reference goes above and beyond fashion: his key guiding lights include Tim Burton, Anish Kapoor, Frank Gehry, Yves Klein and Keith Haring.

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Thanks to a lack of excessive embellishment, the shoes are never “girly” (one of Kirkwood’s most disliked terms). Which is why he imagines that his customers’ downtime is more likely “to include a David Lynch film than The Kardashians

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If I could buy all of the shoes designed by dear Nicholas Kirkwood, I would not doubt for a second…

With love,
Maria ❤


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