She played Carrie Bradshaw, the fashionista with more than a penchant for designer shoes in the hit series Sex and the City, so it makes perfect sense for Sarah Jessica Parker to now come up with her own line of footwear. But rather than emulate her style icons Jimmy Choo or Manolo Blahnik, Ms Parker has decided to instead to create a shoe collection that her fans can appreciate.
She said: “I’m a firm believer in quality and timelessness and have created this collection with the hopes that women will love wearing it for years to come.”
The actress’s footwear line is appropriately called SJP and features over 25 feminine shoes all made in Italy. It will launch at famous Nordstom stores on 28 February, and will be available online at nordstrom.com with a special promotional three-day pop-up store at 372 West Broadway.
The shoes are reasonably priced at around $350, with high quality one of Ms Parker’s main considerations: “If we’re talking about a few hundred bucks, those are hard-earned bucks and [the product] better be good.” The range will include flat strappy sandals, pumps and court shoes, with each pair having their own style names and will be emblazoned with SJP on the soles.
The shoes are said to be inspired by many of the designs the 48-year-old actress wore in Sex and the City, with a pair of black Mary Janes named ‘Diana’, bearing a striking resemblance to a Manolo pair discovered by Carrie in a fashion cupboard at Vogue in one episode; a multi-coloured design named ‘Maud’, and ‘Silvia’, which are orange and with a bow, and both of which are thought to be from the programme and a gold ‘Brigitte’ shoe.
Ms Parker spoke about the designs, saying: “I’ve taken inspiration from things in my life such as the grosgrain ribbons I tied in my hair as a girl, to the flower accents from the ‘Sex and the City’ wardrobe to references to classic styles from the late ‘70s and early ‘80s.”
It is thought that Ms Parker has been approached several times by shoe retailers, who all wanted her input into designing a style range, but in the end she called George Malkemus, who just happens to be the president of Manolo Blahnik USA and her current business partner. And by all accounts he was delighted to be of service, with the response: “Be in my office tomorrow morning.”
For more information why not check out the Nordstom webpage here for updated details.