Nicholas Kirkwood has had an intense couple of weeks. The British shoe designer, who founded his line 2004, announced eight days ago that he would be entering into a partnership with LVMH. The luxury conglomerate now owns a majority stake in the company.
That’s a big change, but at his Spring 2014 presentation on Thursday, Kirkwood seemed calm as ever. “We’ve broadened the range of the collection, incorporating more daywear, as well as high evening,” he said of the line, which featured a lot of laser-cut leather in all heights and shapes, from his signature stilettos to a pointy-toe loafer. “Now I can catch her at all times of the day.”
And for those of us who admire comfort as much as beauty: The triangle mid-heel, which Kirkwood introduced a few seasons ago, has returned. As for how he came up with the distinctive shape? “It got to the point where I had my own shops and I only had high heels or flats, so I thought, I really need to tackle the mid-heel thing,” he said. “It had to be something that wouldn’t look as good as a high heel, and [the triangle] seemed the most modern.”
Now that the season is closing, Kirkwood will start taking advantage of all those resources a partnership with LVMH affords. First up, adding staff—“everybody is overworked and doing about five jobs”—and then more retail stores. But there are dreams of product extension as well. “Perhaps into bags,” he suggested. “But there’s no timeline on that, and it’s not something I would want to release until it really felt right.” Whenever that happens, we’re sure it will indeed be right.