Rising star shoe designer Alejandro Ingelmo will open his first store in New York’s SoHo neighborhood at the end of next month. Located in a brownstone at 51 Wooster Street, the 800-square-foot store initially will sell Ingelmo’s women’s collection, with men’s to be added at a later date. Ingelmo also will move his offices and wholesale showroom to the floor directly above the store from his location at 25 Mercer Street.
“I’ve been in the neighborhood for a while and I wanted a retail space where I could interact and learn about my customers firsthand. You can’t buy that kind of experience,” said Ingelmo, who has signed a five-year lease for the space.
Ingelmo aptly called the new store space “a shoebox — it’s very quaint, like an old cobbler’s shop,” he said.
The designer, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba, has four generations of shoe making in his family. Ingelmo is known for his fashion-forward women’s line that boasts plenty of sex appeal in its towering heels in materials such as snakeskin, laminated ponyskin and vegetable-dyed leathers. Prices in the store will range from between $400 to $1,400.
The label also has made a splash in the men’s market with its high-end metallic sneakers. A new collection of women’s sneakers also will make its debut exclusively in the store.
Last year, Ingelmo was nominated for the CFDA’s Swarovski Award for Accessory Design. In 2008, he was a finalist for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund prize. Next year, Ingelmo plans to expand the business into leather bags, belts and wallets.