Visvim Brings Women’s Shoes to U.S.

Visvim is expanding its vision. The 13-year-old, high-end Japanese footwear and apparel label added women’s to the mix this fall, under the name WMV, and it will bring that category to the U.S. for spring ’14.

Designer Hiroki Nakamura unveiled the spring women’s product — a collection of leather boots, clogs, quirky printed slip-ons and espadrille-style sneakers created by Nakamura’s designer wife, Kelsi Nakamura — in New York last month. Inspired by patchwork quilting and Amish, French and Japanese cultures, the footwear retails for $600 to $1,600.

“Patchwork quilting is unique in the sense that each piece is a reflection of the individual who creates it,” Hiroki Nakamura said. “Most cultures have their own patchwork-esque creations, each with its own special appeal because of the fabrics and materials that are available regionally.”

The men’s shoes are already sold in the U.S. at limited boutiques and Bergdorf Goodman, and the label’s looks have been spotted on American celebrities from John Mayer to Kanye West. So far, Barneys New York has picked up the women’s offering for spring.

Internationally, Visvim is carried by retailers including Lane Crawford in Hong Kong, Colette in Paris and Dover Street Market and Selfridges in London.

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