December 12, 2013 |
Holy Nikes! A former Utah Jazz ball boy who was given Michael Jordan's shoes after the famous "flu game" in the 1997 NBA Finals has sold the pair for more than $104,000 in an online auction. Preston Truman reportedly asked Jordan for his Nike Air Jordan XII shoes after he led the Chicago Bulls to a 90-88 victory in Game 5 by scoring 38 points while suffering from flu symptoms. Jordan signed them and Truman kept the shoes in a safe deposit box until putting them up for auction this fall.
December 7, 2013 |
We love our shopping malls and big box stores, but sometimes the right place to find a holiday gift is slightly off the beaten path. What follows is a brief survey of a few such establishments: BEATRICE VALENZUELA, ECHO PARK Four years ago, Mexico City native Beatrice Valenzuela began selling her handmade leather shoes in supple cobalt, oxblood and caramel leathers at the Echo Park Craft Fair, which she founded with textile designer Rachel...
December 6, 2013 |
The big reveal of Kobe Bryant's latest signature shoe with Nike was held at the Geffen Contemporary at MOCA in downtown L.A. on Wednesday, an appropriate venue given that the basketball superstar sees this shoe -- the ninth to bear his name -- as a masterpiece of sorts. "With this particular shoe, the entire concept of it is about muses," Bryant told a clutch of journalists and sneaker bloggers at the event. "It's about who and what in my life has inspired me since I was a kid ... aesthetically what I'm trying to do is pay homage to some of these people and those things.
December 1, 2013 |
Tamara Mellon's life combines the hallmarks of Greek tragedy, Dynasty-style soap opera and the modern fairy tale of a career woman who longed to have it all. Few stones are left unturned in the autobiography of the creative visionary behind Jimmy Choo, a multimillion-dollar accessories powerhouse, which Mellon forged by encapsulating the sex, glamour and full-throttle potency of stiletto heels in accessible product lines for the 21st century luxury...
December 1, 2013 |
A good pair of jeans lasts a long time - sometimes longer than the companies that make them. That's what makes the longevity of Guess Inc. a bit of an anomaly. Founded in 1981, the Los Angeles fashion company is in its fourth decade, largely because it moved beyond the jeans that were fashionable in the 1980s and 1990s. The company sells skirts, dresses, shorts, shirts, jackets, knitwear and intimate apparel. It also licenses eyewear, watches, handbags, footwear, jewelry and other fashion accessories.
November 27, 2013 |
It was a fortuitous paint spill that led 21-year-old Cameron Helm from his studies at the San Francisco Art Institute to his current gig as an up-and-coming fashion designer in L.A. "I was working on a canvas series in the studio, and paint was dripping on my shoes," says Helm. "I started to like the look of the shoes a lot more than the canvas, so I took them off and started painting them. " Not long afterward, people began commissioning him to paint their shoes, iPhone cases and wallets, and Helm moved back to his native L.A. to develop a line of footwear in a hand-painted, abstract drip style similar to that of Jackson Pollock.
November 18, 2013 |
Redondo, Windward and Loyola, all sponsored by Jordan Brand, got to scrimmage each other on Saturday on a court outside Staples Center. Windward Coach Miguel Villegas said the games were competitive. Teams played one half against each other. Redond Coach Reggie Morris said Loyola's depth will make the Cubs very tough to beat. Eric.email@example.com
November 10, 2013 |
Beyoncé loves her striped Dolly espadrille lace-ups so much that she posted photos of them on Tumblr, while the Early moto boots are a go-to for Miranda Kerr. In the four years since establishing her eccentrically English, namesake shoe line, Tabitha Simmons has earned quite a following. Simmons, a model turned stylist and shoe designer, hails from Britain, where she actually got her start in the shoe business as a teenager, working Saturday afternoons at Oliver's Shoes. Now she lives in New York City with her husband, fashion photographer Craig McDean, and their two sons.
October 19, 2013 |
While L.A style might seem to be synonymous with denim and the contemporary clothing market, several Southern California-based, high-end footwear labels are creating lines that preserve the art and quality of luxury shoes. Newbark Created by sisters and renowned stylists Marjan (the Dixie Chicks) and Maryam (Heidi Klum, the Rolling Stones) Malakpour, Newbark refers to the phrase "my dogs are barking" - meaning tired feet. The women created the line as an alternative to the standard ballet flat, infusing inspiration from Moroccan flats and 1920s men's slippers.
October 19, 2013 |
As fashion returns to luxury, Los Angeles-based shoe brands are upping the ante on how cool and creative high-end footwear can be. Notably, this fall, women's shoe line Palter DeLiso is relaunching as an L.A.-based, modern take on the original brand that was created in New York in 1927. Taz Saunders and Lauren Bruksch acquired the brand after a long search for classic, vintage-inspired footwear to appear in a fashion spread that Saunders, the line's designer as well as a photographer, was shooting.