Monday, June 25, 2007

Tod's Shoes

I always looked at Roger Vivier's designs... and i find it very stylish and unique. I just found out that Tod's shoes is from the masterpiece of Roger Vivier.. Here's some brief information.

Diego Della Valle, the Italian shoe mogul behind Tod's and Hogan, acquired the Roger Vivier name in 2002. A new store opened in Paris in early 2004, and Bruno Frisoni is the shoe designer who has been appointed to take the house into the 21st century.
The history of Tod's Shoes:

Tod's Group is an Italian company which produces shoes and other leather goods, and presided over by businessman Diego Della Valle. It is famous for its driving shoes and D-bag. The family started the shoemaking business out of a basement in the late 1920s. The family expanded the workshop and turned it into a factory by Doro who also started manufacturing shoes fo American 1970s. The son of the owner, Diego, brought in innovative marketing strategies in the earrly 1980s, kept the handmade manufacturing process and went on to create brands of lifestyle named Tod's, Hogan and Fay. Roger Vivier, maker of high luxury shoes was acquired in the mid 1990s and developed starting the beginning of the Millennium. The family, which owns a vast majority of the luxury maker corporation also owns stakes in RCS the publishing group, Fiorentina the football team, etc. All members of the Della Valle family were born in the middle Italian region of Le Marche and the majority of them still resides there.

Monday, June 18, 2007

Celine Shoes

Since then i'm always a fan of Celine Shoes.. not because this shoes is famous but because of the quality and style.. Celine is always updated in products, they know what's hot and in to the people..

I'm just wondering if Celine has contacts or relation with other designers.. I found out this details..

Celine is a Paris-based concern founded in 1947 as a children's shoe store. In 1950's, it expanded it's product lines to leather goods and accessories including perfume and cologne. In the 1960's, Celine started offering womens ready-to-wear and established retail stores around the world during the 1970's.

Celine was purchased by LVMH and became part of it's luxury goods companies along with Dior, Givenchy, and others. In 1997, Michael Kors was hired as Chief Designer and promoted toCreative Director in 1999.

In 2000 Celine opened a 2400 square ft. store on Madison Avenue, in New York. In May 2001 it opened a super-chic store on Bond Street, in London. Kors brought a splash of ethnic colour and handwork from India. He chose a vibrant palette of hot pink and orange on white, green and spice colours. Michael Kors showed the Celine Fall/Winter 2003 collection during Paris Fashion Week in March 2003.

Fendi Shoes

Looking at Fendi Shoes always made me think that this shoes is very feminine in color and style.. Most women's will love this kind of shoes especially those who are working in the office.

I was confused how did Fendi Shoes started and became famous... just found out some details.

Fendi began in 1918 when Adele Casagrande opened a leather and fur shop in Via del Plebiscito in central Rome. When Adele married Edoardo Fendi in1925, they made a decision to change the name to Fendi. The business prospered, and a new shop was opened in Via Piave in 1932. By 1946 Paola, 15, the eldest of the couple's five daughters, went to work for the firm, followed by her sisters Carla, Anna, Franca, and Alda.

In 1965 a marriage between the Fendis and German designer Karl Lagerfeld was sealed, and it proved to be fortuitous for both. Lagerfeld immediately created the inverted FF logo that joined the growing list of international status symbols, and then set about, aided and abetted by the sisters, to revolutionize the treatment of fur and other clothing.

What had once been a precious but stiff and heavy garment was transformed into a light, soft, easy-to-wear and above all flattering outfit. The team went on to invent new ways of working with fur, tanning, dying, and treating, and took previously unused skins and turned them into fashionable garments. By 1966 Fendi had presented its first couture fur collection, designed by Lagerfeld. It was an immediate success with foreign buyers. Marvin Traub, president of Bloomingdale's, discovered Fendi's leather goods and introduced them to the United States. Other outlets soon followed, and today Fendi is largely represented through high-end department stores.

In 1969 Fendi presented its first ready-to-wear fur collection at Palazzo Pitti in Florence, bringing continuously evolving techniques and imaginative designs to lower-priced furs without sacrificing quality. When the sisters could not find the fabric clothes they wanted to show under the furs their ready-to-wear line was born, again to great success.

The company's accessories are now found on the arm of many stars and signature bags such as the Spy, buckled B-bag, and embellished bucket bag are often in high demand sometimes creating long waiting lists.

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Versace Shoes

No doubt Versace is a good designer.. that's why it's popularity is immediate. The design is always updated and new to people just like this shoe.

So sad that Versace died.. here are some details about it.

Gianni Versace is an Italian clothier founded by Gianni Versace in 1978. After Gianni Versace was killed by Andrew Cunanan on July 15, 1997, his sister Donatella Versace, formerly vice-president, stepped in as creative director of the designing House and his older brother Santo Versace became CEO.

The first Versace boutique was opened in Milan's Via della Spiga in 1978, and its popularity was immediate. Today, Versace is one of the world's leading international fashion houses. Versace designs, markets and distributes luxury clothing, accessories, fragrances, makeup and home furnishings under the various brands of the Versace Group.

Versace's Style Department employs a group of designers and stylists who work in teams. Each team is specifically dedicated to each fashion line or label. These teams operate under the close supervision and guidance of Creative Director, Donatella Versace.

Monday, June 11, 2007

Dior Shoes

I was amaze by Diors different style... Well because he loves arts so much that he was inspired to do designing as well in shoes. See this sandal? i'm impress with the design i like it.

Here's more about Christian Dior.. how he became a famous designer.

Christian Dior was an influential French fashion designer. He was born in Granville, Manche, Normandy, France.

Under his parents' wishes he attended his parents Ecole des Sciences Politiques from 1920 to 1925. The family had hopes he would become a diplomat, but Dior only wished to be involved in the arts. After leaving school he received money from his father so that in 1928 he could open a small art gallery in Paris. Under his father's compromise for the money, the family name did not appear on the gallery. The walls were covered with the likes of Pablo Picasso and Max Jacob. After a family disaster he was forced to shut down the gallery. In 1929 Dior had a son that he named John Christian Dior. In the 1930s Dior made a living by doing sketches for Haute Couture Houses. In 1938 he worked with Robert Piguet. In 1945 he designed for Marcel Boussac. Boussac, a man who had made his fortune from fabric, was interested in Dior's new idea that involved using lots of layers of extravagant fabrics. Dior's first collection, Corolle Line, premiered in 1947. He established his main fashion house in 1949; Christian Dior New York, Inc.

Saturday, June 2, 2007

Gucci Shoes

Here's some of the Gucci shoes that i love... they really are for dress shoes, cute and gorgeous when thy're on your feet.

Now let's take a look at how Gucci started... here's the history.

The House of Gucci was first created in 1906 in Florence, Italy. Founder and craftsman,
Guccio Gucci originally used the shop as an outlet for selling leather goods to horsemen. In 1938, Gucci opened the first retail shop in Rome. Gucci received much of its fame during the 1950's and 1960's under the supervision of Guccio Gucci’s two sons, Aldo and Rodolfo. During the 1950's, Gucci became a staple of elegance with the creation of luxury handbags, shoes, and luggage.

Gucci gained even more popularity in the 1960's when legendary stars, such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly were photographed wearing the classic styles. During this time, Gucci earned its reputation as a status symbol. In the 1980's, Gucci began to experience a regression in both popularity and sales. At this time, an Arab investment company was able to purchase 50 percent of the fashion company from Guccio Gucci’s grandson, Maurizio.

In 1990, Gucci once again began to regain its reputation as an important and vital part of the fashion industry when Tom Ford joined Gucci as a designer of womenswear. In 1994, Ford took over as the fashion empire’s creative director. Under Ford’s supervision, Gucci gained recognition for being a brand for the wealthy and glamorous. During this time, Gucci became known for producing high quality products, including luggage, jewelry, clothing, fragrances, and eyeglasses.

Prada Shoes

Since before i was struck by prada's shoes... they're unique and cool in designs. This shoes are my choice because i don't wear high heeled shoes.

Let's take a look at the founder and owner of this cool designs.

Fashion Designer Prada was founded in 1913 in Milan, Italy as a manufacturer of leather bags. What is known today as Prada is mostly the work of the founder's grand-daughter Miuccia Prada.

Prada is said to be the most prominent example of a new form of

Miuccia Prada, who is entirely in charge of the companies creative decisions, says she bases her decisions mostly on intuition. She is reported to be overly fussy about each detail of her design. It can happen that each product has to be changed over and over in order to come closest to Miucci Prada's initial idea. Her husband Patrizio Bertelli is the buisness-man behind Miuccia Prada. He is responsible for the commercial side of the products and the retail strategy. inward-directed luxury. While in the eighties luxury was explicitly displayed, today an understated luxury is sought, only recognizable by insiders. Thus, Prada clothes avoid very loud clouring and easily appealing appearences. They are described as cool, comfortable, pure, graceful, and minimalistic.