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Walk like an Egyptian
Vince Camuto’s protégé and BCBGMaxAzria’s creative footwear director, Ivy Kirzhner, starts her own powerhouse

The hottest sandals to hit Miami Beach have arrived, as one of the youngest creative directors in contemporary footwear establishes her own brand. The Ivy Kirzhner line features 45 Art Deco-inspired pieces as part of her Spring/Summer 2013 Collection. The styles are one of a kind, each featuring rich and unique elements such as Ivy’s signature cloisonné metalwork on heels and platforms, exotic leather fabrications, and bold architectural ornamentation using the finest handpicked Austrian crystals.


"Being raised in New York City's cultural kaleidoscope as a Phillipine-born American, and now traveling frequently throughout Europe and Asia for work, I've developed an eclectic worldview that is reflected in my aesthetic," Ivy says.  "For my footwear collection, I wanted my designs to fuse elements of timeless luxury with a nod to historic iconography and world antiquities."

 

Kirzhner stays true to her aesthetic with our editor’s favorite summer pick, the Tutankamen sandal. An Egyptian motif piece braided with the finest Italian leathers, and an amalfi cushioned insole for comfort. This sandal is a regal statement. The iconic Pharaoh ornament and 18K gold finishing make the Tutankamen sandal a rare and special find. Casual enough for a stroll through the palm trees, yet dressy for a cruise on the Nile. Kirzhner has made real strides in the fashion footwear industry as creative footwear director to both BCBGMaxAzria and Herve Leger brands. She propelled both brands to multiple editorial features with her talented designs and enthusiasm for footwear.

With realistic prices starting at $325 for her signature ornamental ballerina flats like Marakesh, to $695 for crystal-detailed high-heel metal wedges, Ivy is giving the public a taste of high end luxury without the expensive price tags. She’s also carving a niche in the market with her staple collection, Ivy Kirzhner, as she promotes youthfully modern footwear within the contemporary high end luxury game. Keep your eyes on Mrs. Kirzhner this summer as she unveils her Pre-Spring 2014 Collection!