3 Questions for Brookelynn Starnes

Cloak & Dagger’s Brookelynn Starnes wears many hats. She started her apparel label six years ago, opened her first retail store in 2009 and this year collaborated on a shoe.

The founder and designer recently teamed up with Modern Vice designers Jordan and Jensen Adoni, along with fashion bloggers Natalie and Dylana Suarez, to create a special version of Modern Vice’s made-in-New York Jett bootie. The Cloak & Dagger x Modern Vice style comes in an exclusive colorway and retails for $385.  

“We hit it off,” Starnes said of meeting the Modern Vice team at The Adoni Group Inc.’s Manhattan headquarters. “It was an instant connection, and the ideas were just flowing.”

She added that the shoe fits in with other popular brands at her two boutiques, in Manhattan and Brooklyn, N.Y., where the merchandise is from Lauren Moffatt, Opening Ceremony, Karen Walker, Sassoon from France and several smaller indie labels.

Starnes recently chatted with Footwear News about creative chemistry, major trends on the horizon and the next “it” designer.

1. What do you look for in a collaborator?
I look for somebody who is dealing with marketing and selling products that they stand behind. I loved that [Modern Vice parent The Adoni Group] was a family-run business and they really care about what they are doing. They are so passionate about it and it really shows in the product. They are also fun to work with.

2. What footwear trends do you predict will be strongest in 2013?
[There will be] a lot of really bold shapes, styles and colors. We have some bright statement shoes [at Cloak & Dagger] and that seems to be what people are doing, [along with vivid] colors and silvers … and a lot of menswear-inspired and vintage-inspired stuff, too.

3. Is there an up-and-coming designer you have your eye on?
The most underrated designer is Lauren Moffatt. Her collections, from start to finish, are always amazing.

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