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Handmade Shoes in Brooklyn – NicoNine

Meet Nicole Shwirtz. Nicole is an emerging fashion designer from Brooklyn who is about to launch her indie footwear line, NicoNine. She definitely embodies the high quality and unique style of Runway Passport designers. 

Check out her Kickstarter Campaign!

NIcole Shiwrtz Shoe Line

WHAT IS NICONINE?


NicoNine is the footwear company I started that gives women more choices in footwear sizing. Shoes are available in half sizes, 5-13, and in narrow, regular and wide widths. My first design is now available on Kickstarter through the end of the month. All shoes are made by hand in Brooklyn.

WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO LAUNCH NICONINE? 

I started learning to make shoes so I’d be able to wear ones that fit my narrow feet. 

On my journey, I found out a lot of women had foot problems or issues that prevented them from finding shoes they were happy with. 

I found out I wasn’t the only narrow-footed person out there! Not only that, there were a lot of wide-footed ladies too! And then there were ladies with larger feet and I heard how hard it was to find a size 13 shoe. I heard from women who wanted to wear flat or low-heeled shoes but couldn’t find ones that didn’t look orthopedic. I talked with women who wore size 8 regular shoes but enjoyed hunting for up and coming designers so as not to wear the same shoes as others. 

For all these reasons, I was inspired to launch NicoNine and give women more choices within the standardized sizing framework. 

It took me nearly 7 years to get to the point where I felt confident I had something to offer the marketplace, while also keeping true to my ideals. I wanted my brand to be affordable while supporting women and women-run businesses whenever possible and also manufacturing shoes in NYC.

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WHO IS THE IDEAL CUSTOMER?

NicoNine’s ideal customer is a fashionable, modern woman who appreciates small-batch, quality workmanship and knowing that their shoes were made with love, by hand, in North America. 

WHAT IS THE MOST EXCITING PART AND WHAT IS THE BIGGEST CHALLENGE?

The most exciting part is seeing my designs transform from a sketch or drawing to a 3 dimensional, real life product that hadn’t existed in the world. That will always blow my mind! The biggest challenge is finding good, reliable partners for all facets of production, while sticking to domestic manufacturing. 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW? 

My favorite item in my closet right now is an oversized charcoal wrap sweater that I got in Israel at an emerging designer’s shop. It’s been the perfect staple, especially since I’m 8 months pregnant and can’t find many cool wardrobe pieces for my bump these days! 

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BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?

The biggest fashion mistake I ever made was probably my extra wide leg skater jeans back in high school in the 90s! 

Learn more about her shoes and help her make them so we car bring her onto Runway Passport!

Fashion Blogger to Know – Piece, Love and Sole.

Brittany Wilson is the Fashion Force behind the blog Piece, Love and Sole which is about fashion, accessories and New York.

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WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BLOG?

When I relocated to New York from the DC area a dear friend suggested that I start a blog to stay connected to fashion. It originally started as a blog about affordable accessories but then I noticed that I was experiencing so many fun things in New York that I wanted to share those too. So the purpose of the blog morphed from just accessories to fashion and New York.

 

WHAT IS THE STORY BEHIND YOUR BLOG NAME?

It’s a different spin on the phrase “Peace, Love and Sole” Piece = as in a piece of clothing or a piece of me, Love = the blog is about things I love, Sole = Shoes…because who doesn’t love shoes.

 

WHAT MAKES YOUR BLOG STAND OUT?

I blog from my view and with my voice. That’s the best part about blogging, you can be an individual.

 

DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONAL/SIGNATURE STYLE?

I like to be comfortable and chic. If you aren’t comfy it shows…and that’s not cute. Dresses are the easiest thing to wear but I love a good graphic tee too. I like to play around with fashion. So one day I’m in boyfriend jeans, a tee and sneakers, the next I could be in a fitted dress and stilettos and then the next day I could be in leather pants and a blouse.

 

WHO IS YOUR #1 FASHION ICON?
Diane Von Furstenberg

 

FAVORITE LOCAL DESIGNERS?

A friend of mine has a clothing line Yunes Swathe, they’ve really grown into something beautiful. I don’t really have any favorites but I definitely love to explore. I think my favorites are usually unique designers that I come across in flea markets.

 

FAVORITE ITEM IN YOUR CLOSET NOW?

My printed sets. I love that you can wear them as one outfit or break the separates apart and make a completely new look

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IF YOU WERE TO HAVE LUNCH WITH ANNA WINTOUR AND CARINE ROITFELD WHAT WOULD YOU WEAR? Oh! Probably a black sheath dress, a statement necklace and some killer, strappy shoes

 

SONG YOU HAVE BEEN LISTENING TO THE MOST/ON REPEAT?

Can’t Feel My Face by The Weeknd and IV. Sweatpants by Childish Gambino

 

ANY OTHER BLOGS YOU LOVE?

The Style and Beauty Doctor

 

BIGGEST FASHION MISTAKE YOU EVER MADE?

Ugh, I’m sure there isn’t just one. Years ago I wore a blazer, button down shirt, jean skirt and flat moccasin boots to the club. I just can’t…

 

3 FASHION TIPS?

1) If it’s not comfortable before you leave the house, change.
2) If you have no idea what you want to wear, start with your shoes.
3) Lipstick fixes everything

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WHAT IS THE STYLE OF THE CITY YOU LIVE IN AND WHAT DO YOU LOVE ABOUT YOUR CITIES STYLE?

New York is such a fashion mecca but I also love that there are people that live here that aren’t caught up in fashion and do their own thing. To me, that’s the best type of style.

 

WHAT IS YOUR DREAM JOB?

To organize celebrity closets.

 

WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB?

I worked in a dental office in high school

 

WHAT IS YOUR TYPICAL DAY LIKE?

During the week it’s fairly uneventful and I’m ok with that. Work and working out. I may host or attend an event during the evening once a week (with the other company I run with my business partner: Dolls of the City). But I spend a lot of time thinking about what’s next and writing that down in my notebook.

 

GUILTY PLEASURE?

Scrolling through Instagram forever lol

Day 2 @ Berlin Fashion Week AW15

RP Curator for Germany Olivia Acar snaps some faves at Berlin Fashion Week
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Shop Berlin

 

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