British Designer Nicholas Kirkwood, 35 years old, launched his namesake brand in 2005 challenging the conventions of women’s luxury footwear. Kirkwood immediately gained much critical acclaim for his collection of bold, graphic, sculptural pieces with a blend of genres subverting the relationship between tradition and modernity.
Craftsmanship plays an integral role in all of Kirkwood’s collections. His creations focus on the innovation of curvilinear forms. Striking, sharp and considered, Kirkwood’s designs feature unexpected fabrications and techniques with intricate detailing. “I design for a sophisticated woman with an implicit understanding of luxury and has a strong defined vision of herself and her personal style”, Nicholas Kirkwood.
An alumnus of prestigious design schools Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers College, Kirkwood was first recognised for his vision when awarded the Condé Nast Footwear News Vivan Infantino award in 2006 for emerging talent. To date, Kirkwood has been granted British Fashion Award for Best Accessory Designer of the Year three times; Footwear News Designer of the Year twice; earned Elle’s Accessory Designer of the Year twice and has been the recipient of the AltaRoma/Vogue Italia award for accessories design. In 2013, Kirkwood received the British Vogue Fashion Fund. Beyond his own label, Kirkwood has worked alongside established and emerging Ready-to-Wear designers to create show shoes for their runway shows including Erdem, Roksanda, Peter Pilotto, Suno, Rodarte and Fendi. Other creative collaborations and partnerships include Disney, Samsung, Victoria’s Secret, Keith Haring Foundation and London Fashion Week.
In May 2011, Kirkwood opened his first flagship boutique on Mount Street in London followed by his first New York based store in the city’s Meatpacking district. May 2013 saw the opening of his store in Wynn Las Vegas & Encore, which was swiftly followed by the launch of the brand’s e-commerce site nicholaskirkwood.com.
In September 2013, Nicholas Kirkwood announced his partnership with fashion conglomerate LVMH Group in a move championed by Delphine Arnault and Pierre-Yves Roussel. With a shared value in design and innovation, Kirkwood continues the international expansion of his brand and development of his creative vision.
Nicholas Kirkwood shoes, each 100% hand-crafted in Italy, are currently sold in 40 countries, at 150 leading department and specialty stores, including Le Bon Marché, Saks and Bergdorf Goodman in New York, and Selfridges and Harrods in London. The brand currently has stores in London, New York, Las Vegas, Paris and Beijing.