Stephanie von Watzdorf is a highly-regarded fashion designer with nomadic tendencies. Before founding her fashion line, Figue, she graduated from Parsons School of Design, where she was awarded the Calvin Klein Golden Thimble. Then she worked for Yves Saint Laurent, Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and Tory Burch. Her personal life is equally impressive. Stephanie was born on the outskirts of Paris. She travels incessantly, far and wide, with her photographer husband for work and for pleasure.
Her life seems truly bohemian. And her fashions are like wearable wanderlust.
Stephanie von Watzdorf in Haiti
When traveling, especially a lot, nothing is more important than your footwear. Stephanie knows this well and her travels inform what she wears and creates, often with the aid of local artisans. Her designs, like her Scaramouche sandals crafted in India from supple leather, reflect regional and traditional styles. Suffering for fashion has its limitations—especially when crossing borders and wandering foreign cities—but with Figue sandals, there’s no need to sacrifice your feet or your outfit.
We caught up with the chic trekker to talk about travel, photography (she shared some pics from trips to Kenya and Tanzania) and sandals.
You’re an avid traveler. Where have you been recently?
Recently I was on the coast of Kenya on three different islands: Manda Bay, Kiwayu and Lamu. It was an adventure, and warm and sunny, filled with joyous people and charm. Think Robinson Crusoe—no cars, only donkeys and boats for transportation. Life is beautiful and simply heaven in this part of the world.