As someone pounds the pavement in New York, Tania Ursomarzo knows how hard the city streets can be on shoes. As a designer, Ursomarzo developed Triptych, a collection of wearable shoes with unexpected details that are sturdy enough to stand up to the mean streets of Manhattan and beyond.
Designed in New York and manufactured in Northern Italy, Triptych’s functional styles are priced from $500 to $800 at specialty stores, with some pairs, such as those made from pony fur, selling for more than $1,000. Most designs are slip-ons, with interesting placement of elastic for utility and aesthetics. “The price is connected to the workmanship,” Ursomarzo said. “My shoes are complicated to make with unusual details and cutouts that make it difficult to last the shoes. I also spend a lot of time prototyping the shoes, which is expensive.”
Most styles have two-inch heels, which are often incorporated into wedges.
Triptych on Thursday will open a 400-square-foot pop-up store 2 Rivington Street in Manhattan. For two weeks, the space will be used to sell Ursomarzo’s third collection, for spring, while offering a full menu of programming based on the theme of movement.
Ursomarzo, who teaches fashion product, interior and architectural design, and foundation design at Parsons School of Design, said, “The world doesn’t need more shoes, it needs progressive design. I’m trying to attract attention to the brand a bit more holistically.”
A screening party on May 14 will feature of films by Christelle de Castro, Bon Duke, Agos Galvez and Deux Hommes. On May 15, a “journey of physical exploration” through the Lower East Side will be led by Coss Marte of ConBody, a fitness boot camp on Broome Street in SoHo. Participants will “use the city as their gym for an engaging, nontraditional workout,” Ursomarzo said.
A live music night with performances by The Black Soft and Miss Chemi is planned for May 19. Ursomarzo will invite accessories and jewelry designers Chris Habana, Bijules and Yunotme for a two-day market at the pop-up on May 21 and 22. A closing party will be held on May 27.
“I had an eye on the space for a long time,” Ursomarzo said. “I like it because it’s in the middle of two neighborhoods in transition, SoHo and the Lower East Side.”