All over the world, when many women dream of shoes, they dream about the stuff Stuart Weitzman creates. The power of a specialist craftsman, one who has his lifeís dedication focused on women footwear, a man not afraid to be unique, creative and outright impressive, shows through any of the designs. Seeing a Stuart Weitzman shoe will throw any woman into delirium, before even wearing it. The shoes have been known to force women into reveries for their distinct sense of style, their sumptuous pumps, their glittering mules, their studded stilettos, their fancy colors, their masterful finishing, and their ambience in class.
If there is any designer footwear that has dominated the runways and the red carpets, if there is any designer shoe that has ruled the headlines, if there was ever a designer shoe brand that conquered the market, then that has to be the Weitzman brand of designer women footwear. They have a spotlight on themselves, they have won die-hard devotees who have written poems and composed ballads of passion and style.
Founded in the 1950s by a career shoe designer, Seymour Weitzman, Stuart Weitzman Inc is now run by Stuart as a global franchise. The senior Weitzman established the shoe factory at Haverhill, Massachusetts, under the label Mr. Seymour. By 1960, the junior Weitzman, then in his 20s, had started assisting in the designing of shoes. He had just graduated from George W. Hewlett High School. He learnt the art of making fashion shoes early and from a formidable force. He went on to Wharton School of Business with a determined intent of joining Wall Street. However, two years after graduating, in 1965, his father died and his son had no option but to take over the business he had helped run for years.
Warren Weitzman, his brother, came in to help and they did a good job at it. They however decided to sell the company to a Spanish investor in 1972. The Wall Street dream was still in Stuart Weitzman and he decided to give it a try, ignoring the inborn talent of designing shoes for a while. He could keep up the facade only for a while and he started designing shoes for the sold company at the side. The talent was there; even the new company management could see that, it was the will that was missing. His first shoe sketch had actually made money for his father, such that his father had always known that Weitzman belonged to the Seventh Avenue not Wall Street. By 1994 however, Weitzman knew that shoe business was his heritage and not a hobby. He bought back his fatherís business and dedicated himself soul and heart to the design of shoes with a new vigor. The industry of designer women shoes was forever changed by that single decision.
Each year, the company designs and distributes over 300 distinct styles of women shoes. Their technical expertise is totally specialized in the art, without diversified interests, thereby enabling a master craftsmanship in the process of producing designer shoes beyond any competition in the market place. The mastery of Stuart Weitzman has become engraved in many a woman’s heart, as the ideal monument of fashion and creative innovation to tastes of beauty.
Stuart Weitzman designer shoes have a distinct trademark unequaled by any other designer, past and present. This trait remains the creative, innovation and ambitious inventions of non-conventional unique materials for their shoes. No other shoemaker in the market today has ever designed shoes from cork, Lucite, vinyl, wallpaper and or 24-karat gold. Yet this audacity to be creative, this liberal attitude of non-conformity to limiting trends, has helped Weitzman shoes become the single greatest fashion setter in the shoe business.
Besides that, the legendary attention and emphasis to details have created a global clientele, represented by a rising market in over 45 countries of the world. Lovers of the Stuart Weitzman designer shoes in France, West Indies, Japan, U.S., Britain and many other countries can easily forage in local department stores trading footwear, retail shops, freestanding boutiques and signature stores in cities around the world. Stuart Weitzman has been steadily expanding the foreign retail footprint, like the recent flagship European Stuart Weitzman boutique in Zurich.
The Weitzman online boutique has also burgeoned since 1998. It is indeed true that when women footwear is concerned, Weitzman shoes are an experience and an obsession for any woman. As he recently said in a press conference, “I’m a real entity producing a real artistic product and not a corporate brand name hidden behind a mega corporation”, it is easy to believe in this amazing specialist.
The patterning of the Weitzman shoe, the exceptional quality, the amazing workmanship and the extraordinary attention to the finest details remain the kernel and the jewel of the Weitzman footwear allure.