Shoe Designer Jean-Michel Cazabat Opens His First Store, Doesn't Want to Make Women Miserable and Hangs with Pierre Hardy
Hailing from the South of France and now based in Soho, shoe designer Jean-Michel Cazabat celebrated the opening of his first freestanding boutique on Bleecker Street last night. The shop, which opens to the public on Saturday, is modeled after the designer's Soho loft in his signature palette of Napolean blue, red and gold. "Because I want the customer to feel as [if] they [are coming] into my house, my home," the engaging Cazabat explained to us in a charming French lilt while he excitedly worked the room, full of his friends and supporters, including sometime spokesmodel Becka Diamond, Nicole Miller, Garage Magazine's Shala Monroque, Bergdorf Goodman's Linda Fargo, Naeem and Ranjana Khan, and singer Maxwell.Cazabat's covetable heels, boots and flats--sporting eye-catching details like perforated leather, delicate ruching and lush textures--lined the display shelves along the walls. Cazabat's men's line, which launched in 2003, was ensconced in a corner spot, with lots of exotic skin ankle boots and dapper brogues to peruse. A DJ was spinning clubby tunes for atmosphere while the chic guests quaffed champers and noshed on Asian fusion canapés passed by models moonlighting as waitstaff. We caught a moment with Cazabat — or Jean-Mi as his friends call him — before he happily disappeared into his crowd of party people.