As we prepare for the highly anticipated arrival of the Stuart Weitzman store at Park Royal, we were given the opportunity to ask Stuart Weitzman himself a few questions to get the behind the scene scoop on how Stuart became a fashion designer, the brand and what’s in store at the Park Royal Store.
Name: Stuart Weitzman
Hometown: Long Island, NY
Current Location: Greenwich, CT
Daily Threads: Jeans
Day Job: Shoe Designer
Handbags or shoes? Shoes, of course!
Paris or New York? New York
Who isn’t a little obsessed with shoes? Correct, I have never met a woman who doesn’t love shoes.
Can you tell us a bit about Stuart Weitzman and the history behind the brand? I originally had planned to conquer Wall Street right out of school, but unexpected circumstances led me to join the family business to help out and have never looked back. It has been a joyous 30 years rich in moments like: the Million Dollar shoe, being named “El Hijo Predilecto Adoptivo de Elda” – which translates to “Favorite Adopted Son of Elda”, working with numerous celebrities on red carpet styles and singers with tour performance shoes, and a retail collaboration with Zaha Hadid designed stores.
Can you tell us a bit about the SW customer? I design for the modern woman who wants high fashion yet doesn’t have to sacrifice comfort.
What is it like working with Gisele and Mario Testino? With their rich history, it is magical to watch them work together. I’m always impressed with how Mario Testino can work the camera. He creates true conversations with his images and really knows how to capture the beauty of my products.
Why is Gisele perfect to represent your brand? Because Gisele is gorgeous inside and out with a true zest for life, love and family.
What is one trend that is unique to the SW brand? The unique use of materials.
Can you give us a hint about what we can expect from the Fall line? Boots, boots and extreme boots.
Why Vancouver? It is a vibrant city bursting with style.
Why Park Royal? The indoor-outdoor concept of Park Royal represents a unique shopping experience in Vancouver.
Is there anything unique about your Park Royal location that you would like readers to know? We will be launching our Fall/Winter 2015 handbag collection at our Park Royal location.
When are you opening? July 2015