NEW YORK — Stuart Weitzman is aiming high, and not just with the 6-inch platform booties that are an integral part of his new SW1 collection in stores this fall.
The line is Weitzman’s first attempt to deliver accessories at a designer level, where retail prices for shoes and handbags will be on par with the likes of Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo. SW1 creative director Alvaro Gonzalez spent eight years as accessories design director at Choo before leaving in March, taking some time off and joining Weitzman on this venture. It’s also the first major initiative for Weitzman since The Jones Group Inc. acquired a majority stake in the brand last year.
A Stella McCartney sketch of a custom dress made from protein-based silk in partnership with biotech lab Bolt Threads. The dress will be displayed at The Museum of Modern Art's upcoming design exhibition, "Items: Is Fashion Modern?"