Paul Andrew has just kicked off his second Asian tour to promote his signature shoe line with his retail partners Lane Crawford and On Pedder.
Fresh off the plane from New York, the 2014 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner dined with Hong Kong-based fashion editors at swanky outpost China Tang on Wednesday evening. He showed off his spring collection, which appropriately enough mined Asian themes he gleaned from his first trip to Asia one year ago. A silk cheongsam, or traditional shirtdress, he purchased in Hong Kong inspired one high-heeled number while the benches at the Forbidden City in Beijing drove him to turn out laser-cut sandals.
“It was a real eye-opener for me to witness this culture firsthand,” said the designer, who is heading to Bali for the weekend before proceeding to Singapore and Jakarta. “There is a real sophistication to the ladies here.”
The former accessories designer at Donna Karan launched his own footwear label in 2012.
To commemorate Andrew’s return to Asia, the designer worked with a jeweler in Italy to create three limited-edition shoe styles featuring 24-karat gold-plated heels. The three styles — two sandals and a black suede version of the designer’s signature Zenadia pump — are exclusive to Lane Crawford’s stores at Hong Kong’s IFC mall and Beijing’s Yintai Centre. Each model sells for 9,980 Hong Kong dollars, or $1,287 at current exchange.
Meanwhile, Andrew said he is looking at the possibility of diversifying his brand to other product categories — although he declined to specify further. Last year he revealed his plans to branch out to men’s footwear.
For now, Andrew is keeping things cryptic. “We’re working on something that could be really exciting,” he teased.