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Finding Inspiration in Italy with Lewit’s Shoe Designer

We’re (super!) excited to introduce you to Lewit, a beautiful collection of Italian-made shoes exclusive to Nordstrom. Crafted in a storied factory in Italy’s Le Marche region—an area famous for manufacturing the highest-quality luxury shoes in the world—Lewit shoes exhibit a balanced blend of old-world technique and modern design.

Recently we chatted with Kim House, design director for Lewit, about her work, the new collection and her visit to Italy to steward the making of the pretty pairs of shoes. Get her travel tips and peek inside the process of creating exceptional footwear—with the backdrop of the Adriatic Sea.

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La Dolce Vita in Mary Janes: Shoes of Prey’s Collaboration with Blogger Kim Jones

Sometimes life calls for dramatic change. Occasionally business as usual becomes totally unacceptable. And some people are courageous enough to throw off the shackles of comfort to confront the excitement of uncertainty.

Kim Jones was a banker in Australia before she decided to buy a one-way ticket to Manila. Once there, she launched what, by all accounts, is a successful career as a fashion influencer and luxury consultant. She has appeared on the cover of L’Officiel in Manila and Singapore, and was described by Who What Wear as one of Asia’s most influential bloggers. Her blog, Miss Jones, shows how Kim’s love of travel and adventure intersects with fashion and her beach-to-café lifestyle.

Kim Jones

We spoke with Kim about her latest undertaking: a collaboration with Shoes of Prey inspired by the Italian coastal town of Positano. The shoe collection, titled La Dolce Vita, conjures the sophisticated drama of Italian fashion in five heel styles. Each sexy shoe captures not only the bella figura of Italy’s style, but also Kim Jones’s own enthusiasm for beautiful living.

La Dolce Vita moodboard

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Milan Fashion Week: A Texas-Born Handbag Designer on How to Live Like an Italian

During last season’s Paris Fashion Week, a friend of a friend introduced me to Allison Nicole Hoeltzel. Birds of a feather do tend to flock together, and Americans abroad will find each other, then meet up over burgers and Champagne to balance the whole thing out. Allison actually lives, works and operates a handbag line called Officina del Poggio in Milan, so while all of fashion is enjoying la bella vita we asked Allison to help us with a primer on how you can do it too.
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Lucky for us, she obliged, filling us in not only on the neon-orange happy hour bev of choice, all the haute hot spots and cool cafes, but on what not to wear and do.

 

WHEN IN MILANO …HERE’S WHAT TO DO

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Armani Presents Armani/Silos in Milan

How would you celebrate 40 years in fashion? Just weeks ago in Milan, on the exact same day that the city’s 2015 Expo opened, Giorgio Armani nodded at the past and the future with Armani/Silos—a museum of his work and times. Set to be open through the end of October, the first exhibit is a showcase of the sleek, structured yet expressive looks that established the designer’s name in Italy, America and beyond. Says Architectural Digest: “The straightforward structure, named Armani/Silos for the building’s origins as a 1950s granary, is yet another testament to the legendary designer’s practiced minimalism.”

“I thought that bringing clothes, accessories, bags and technical drawings together in a single space, as an archiving project with a particular, personal perspective, would be a concrete way to turn the past into a foundation for the future,” said Armani.

For more from the designer, and stunning images as well, keep reading.

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Pedro García’s Spain

Fashion gives us access to the world; through brands headquartered in iconic centers of design and beauty across the globe, our wardrobes travel—and we go along for the ride. Today our tour guides are Pedro García designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich, who invite you to share in the beauty of Spain and their spring collection.

Designers Pedro García and Dale Dubovich in Tenerife, where their spring campaign was photographed

We talked to García and Dubovich about walking stylishly all over the world, and particularly in Spain. In doing so we not only uncovered great tips for your international travel (even if it’s only virtual), but we also got great insight on the cultural factors that influence their style, and the deep history and tradition of Spanish-made footwear.

Thinking about wandering? Let’s go.

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Introducing Madewell at Nordstrom, and Designer Somsack Sikhounmuong on Getting into Trouble and Looking Cool Doing It

Drumroll, please! Madewell, beloved for making dressing down look really darn good, is now at with Nordstrom. You’ll find their casual cool on our site as of today, and by March 6, we’ll be rolling into selected stores with the line as well. We spoke to designer Somsack Sikhounmuong about the Madewell look and how to get it.

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It’s Here: Shop the Moschino Runway … Now!

Fashion Week Journal for Friday, February 27

It’s Jeremy Scott’s world—for today, you and I are just living in it. The ultra-fresh designer and the innovative team at Moschino have done it again; they’ve solved the runway’s but I want it now problem.

Fresh off the Milan stage, the Moschino Fall 2015 capsule is live; you can shop the brand-new collection of Moschino backpacks, totes and duffle bags, earrings, and phone accessories now and be the first on your block to toy around with Scott’s pop art.

And… GO!

 

Shop: Fall 2015 Moschino runway capsule collection

—Laura Cassidy & Brooklyn Benjestorf

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The AGL Sisters Talk Italian Shoes, Dream Vacations, and Styling Their Collection in Real Life

We interrupt Milan Fashion Week to bring you Sara, Marianna and Vera Giusti, who had the good fortune of being born into Attilio Giusti Leombruni, the handmade women’s footwear brand their grandfather Piero Giusti founded in 1958 in the Marche region. While the sisters are Giustis by birth, the choice to continue the lineage of small-run, meticulously crafted and exquisitely wearable shoes was all theirs. In fact, each of them explored other interests before rolling up her designer sleeves and returning to the fold.

The sisters took over what is now known as AGL in 2011, continuing Piero’s relationships with historical tanneries near Firenze and using generations-old construction methods to yield shoes as soft and supple as a pair of heirloom gloves and today they give us their take on Italy’s best spots, personal style, and the best looks from their current collection.

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Diana Vreeland Exhibition, Italy

Not that we need an excuse to go back to Venice (though this time we know to pack the Dramamine for any all-day canal tours), but this exhibit is a definite motivator. The life and work of Diana Vreeland—one of the 20th century’s most influential tastemakers—is now on display at Palazzo Fortuny.

Starting her industry career as a fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, and moving on to Vogue as editor in chief for almost a decade, Vreeland helped to revolutionize the world of fashion. The exhibit celebrates Vreeland and her contributions to the industry, and displays a collection that drops the names of the era’s most important designers and couture.

Now through June 25 at Palazzo Fortuny: Diana Vreeland. After Diana Vreeland. Also, check out DianaVreeland.com for a host of beautiful images showcasing her style and work.

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