List or no list, these rising stars and trendsetters are sure to grab headlines in the coming year as they make bold moves to become tomorrow’s power players.
Founder; Foot Petals
Aldatz has expanded beyond cushioned inserts with a footwear line for the spring season. Her company partnered with Deer Stags to produce an 18-style bridal and evening collection that incorporates many Foot Petals comfort features.
After winning FN’s Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent Award last year, Birman continues to design sophisticated styles in his signature python, though at more-palatable prices. The designer also bowed his first flagship, in São Paolo, this year and is eyeing a New York location.
Castillo, the former Sergio Rossi designer who also designs for Santoni, has revived his namesake label after a multiyear hiatus. The collection, hitting this spring, includes flat espadrille sandals and viper-skin stilettos, and will peak around $1,500 at retail.
Owner; Terra Plana, Vivo Barefoot, United Nude
Despite his famous family moniker, Clark is making a name for himself with eco-friendly footwear initiatives, driving home the message that what’s good for the environment can also be good for corporate bottom lines.
The teacher-turned-shoe-designer is a rising star in the fashion and comfort realms, thanks to her mingling of feel-good features and Hollywood glam. Her shoes have increasingly made red-carpet appearances on some of Tinseltown’s top names.
After bowing his first eponymous store in New York’s Soho neighborhood in September, Ingelmo is planning for continued growth by keeping up the buzz. Next year, men’s bags and other small leather goods are expected to be added to the designer’s product mix.
President; Highline United
What started as small footsteps into the shoe industry has turned into stomps as Highline United, which boasts Tracy Reese, Jean-Michel Cazabat, Ash and United Nude in its brand portfolio, continues to sign high-profile licensing and distribution agreements.
In addition to landing consulting gigs with Versace and Tom Ford, Lewis is on the hunt for an investor so he can add jewelry and handbags to his year-old namesake collection and open retail stores.
President, CEO; Crocs Inc.
After returning the company to profitability earlier this year, McCarvel is expanding Crocs’ product reach with sneakers, rainboots and a new collection of sandals and flip-flops called CrocsTone, launching this month. He believes these initiatives could set the company on a path to become a $1 billion business.
Morris took fate into her own hands earlier this year by purchasing her Italian-based factory, which will give her more control over product quality, as well as the ability to experiment with new designs in a timely way.
Founder, CEO; Asos.com
The U.K.’s largest online fashion store hit the U.S. last month with a website designed specifically for the needs of the American market, featuring more than 100 shoe brands.
Designer; Taryn Rose International
Rose is back at her namesake company — now owned by Schottenstein Stores Corp.’s Luxury Group — after resigning two years ago. She also is busy in the footwear market with an exclusive line for HSN called High Heel Power, and a high-end collection called Haute Footure, which launched at Neiman Marcus in July.
While her label is sold at Bergdorf Goodman and high-end boutiques including The Webster, Ikram and Maxfield, Simmons is looking to expand the retail presence of her line, which combines quality and comfort.
VP, product, marketing; MBT
Spears has added a range of more-fashion-driven styles to the company’s product mix for spring ’11 and is riding high on the wellness footwear wave that the company helped create since it launched in the U.S. in 2003. To stand out in the competitive category, Spears will lead an aggressive marketing campaign.
Founder; Ivanka Trump
The daughter of real estate developer Donald Trump, Ivanka is building her own empire. Her $80-to-$140 shoe collection, produced by Marc Fisher Footwear, hits stores later this year.