>PART II: ACCESSORIES NEWS AT EDITE – RAFAEL YOUNG LAUNCHES HIS EPONYMOUS SHOE COLLECTION

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Text, Vivian G. Kelly
Images, Courtesy of Edite
TIME & PLACE: April 2009, at the Edite Showroom, 134 West 29th Street, NYC

IT’S IN THE DETAILS
Years ago, Michael Kors’ lead designer, LANCE LEPERE told us that one of the secrets of great design was this – “it’s all in the details”. Yes, those little touches that make a bag an “it” bag or if sloppily rendered, out a designer knock-off as the fake it is. The same can be said for shoes. To our disappointment, the floral Sprouse-Louis Vuitton eighties pink patent pumps we initially loved lost their appeal after we saw that the sole had been glued on, and not all that well, at that. Sometimes the best made shoes are ones you’ve never heard of – at least not until now.

SO, WHAT’S OUT THERE THAT’S EXCITING ENOUGH TO MAKE YOU WANT TO BUY?

THE ANSWER: RAFAEL YOUNG

THE LOOK IN A NUTSHHELL: “Chrome Hearts meets Balenciaga”.

Shoe Designer RAFAEL YOUNG’s CV includes designing for Yves St Laurent, and a stint co-designing with Manisha Arora for the trendy H. Lorenzo boutique located on West Sunset Boulevard in LA. Mr. YOUNG is one of a select number of artists who actually designs the old-fashioned way out – of a block of wood. Unfortunately, as with “les petites mains” of the Haute Couture ateliers, this skill is a dying art. These futuristic yet sexy shoes made with the softest of leather and heels the likes you’ve never seen before, have names to match “Bibop”, “Futura” and “Fazer”. If they ever make a sequel to AEON FLUX, we’d bet that Charlize Theron would be wearing a pair.

RETAIL PRICING: $700 – 2500.

For more information on the collection, contact Megan Wolfe, at Edite, P: (212) 967-0202 C: (917) 825-3413 F: (212) 967-0822

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