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The Inspiration Behind Ivy Kirzhner’s First Shoe Collection

Talk about a woman on a shoe mission: After graduating summa cum laude from the Fashion Institute of Technology, Ivy Kirzhner spent her twenties designing footwear and serving as creative director for brands like Dolce Vita, BCBG Max Azria, and Herve Leger. Next up for Kirzhner? Launching her own line, of course.

Ivy Kirzhner New York‘s first shoe collection features luxe details like 18-karat-gold plating, exotic leathers, and Swarovski cabochon crystals that adorn sleek flat sandals and sky-high platforms — all of which were inspired by her worldly travels and everyday encounters in her hometown of NYC.

“When I travel, it’s normally to seek artistic inspiration from indigenous cultural or ethnic groups and their current and historic techniques and methods, as well as lifestyle,” said the designer. “However, the most important aspect for me is how that inspiration is applied to our everyday life.”  And while the challenges of having her own line includes “ensuring that my own personal perspective could actually fill a niche void in the market and become relevant,” the designer admitted, “it’s a lot more fun breaking all the rules and making your own…with style!”

Check out three ultra-chic styles from today’s sale on Gilt and the inspiration behind each.

Ark Wedge Sandal

“The Ark captures the most iconic of New York’s Art Deco, the Chrysler Building, with Swarovski cabochon crystals and inlaid snakeskin mirroring the sun-centric design of its spire.”

 

Cleo Platform Sandal

 “Art Deco’s zigzag modern reflected on this New York substation’s ornate entrance is exemplified by the Cleo’s 18-karat gold-plated cloisonné, hand-enameled heels.”

 

Nefertiti Wedge Sandal

 “These sandals and others excavated from King Tut’s tomb were lavishly detailed and diverse in material (leather, gems, gold, bark, papyrus).  The Nefertiti wedge aspires to recreate that lost depth of Egyptian design, motifs often seen within New York Art Deco architecture.”

Feeling inspired? Score these sandals and more in our Ivy Kirzhner sale on Gilt, starting at 9pm EST.

Photos courtesy of Ivy Kirzhner

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