This week I thought I would blog about one of my favorite shoe designers, and maybe he’ll become one of yours. We are fortunate to have two of his retail stores here in Las Vegas; but of course his shoes are carried by Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Saks Fifth Avenue. I’m referring to Stuart Weitzman - do you know him? If you do, read on for details you may not be familiar with. If you don’t, let me introduce you to one of the most prolific and wide-ranging designers ever.
In my job as a personal stylist, I’ve had many clients request his shoes and bags, but Stuart Weitzman is just as renowned for his casual wear as he is for his evening and one-of-a - kind shoes. Indeed, a pair of Stuart Weitzman shoes can elevate any outfit and many women, celebrities included, use them to do just that.
To give a bit of background, Stuart Weitzman is an American designer who began his career designing shoes for his father’s company in the 1960’s. The business was bought out by a Spanish company but Weitzman continued to design shoes for them until he could buy back the company in the 1990’s.
In 2010, the company was sold to the Jones Apparel Group; Jones changed their name to Sycamore Partners shortly after. In 2015, it was sold to Coach, with the stipulation that Stuart Weitzman continue designing for them. Because he was such a well known and accomplished University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School graduate, the president of that university announced several months ago that the design school will be renamed the Stuart Weitzman School of Design.
I personally am crazy about Stuart Weitzman’s espadrilles, ($174 on the website) which I’ve worn for years. Stuart Weitzman pumps are another fave and his special event shoes are to die for. His Nudistsong stilletos ($398 on the website) are a staple both in Hollywood and among fashionistas. Many of his classic designs have been around for more than 25 years with only subtle changes to keep them fashion forward. They’ll be classics in your closet too! And they last, as quality does. Just remember, “trend” is today but “style” is forever!