Designers Sound Off on FN’s Influence Over the Years

Christian Louboutin

“I felt highly honored to be awarded by professionals who know what they’re talking about. FN has a lot of soul.”

Stuart Weitzman

“The first time I was covered, FN dubbed me ‘King of Evening’ on its cover — only a couple of years after I began my line  — accompanied by a photo of a beautiful black satin high-heeled pump with an embroidered red rose. I remember hearing ‘Wow, way to go, congratula- tions,’ and learned firsthand and early on the power of the press. Being named Person of the Year by our industry’s leading publication has no competition for my favorite [coverage].”

Manolo Blahnik

“I remember my red shoe being on the cover in the 1970s. Vivian Infantino featured it. That was a very special moment for me, and I will never forget it. When I received the Lifetime Achievement Award [in 2011], it was a huge honor to be the first one to receive it. I’m glad that such a magazine exists that focuses solely on footwear.”

Nicole Richie

“Being chosen for the Influencer of the Year Award last year by FN was an incredible  honor.  It is truly amazing to see how FN reaches everyone from corporate executives to students who all share one thing in common, their love for fashion. Thank you FN for keeping everyone in style for all these years.”

Paul Andrew

“My first time in FN was a story announcing Paul Andrew as 2013’s Launch of the Year. It meant so much for the brand to have this vote of confidence from the world’s most prestigious footwear publication. The support that FN has shown Paul Andrew is astounding — the publication has shown my brand so much generosity, both online and in print. Just the other day, my Chrysler Zenadia pump was featured on the cover. It’s all those pieces that make up a much larger puzzle showing just how invested FN is in supporting emerging designers, for which I will always be grateful.”

Sandra Choi, Jimmy Choo

“Last year, I had my first cover story when I had been appointed sole creative director. It made
it feel so real, and it was such an honor to be recognized by the most important trade publication for
the footwear industry. [Another] special moment was when Jimmy Choo won Newsmaker of the Year. We had invested so much energy and time in key initiatives. It meant so much to get recognition for all our efforts.”

Charlotte Olympia Dellal 

“FN has always been incredibly supportive of me and my brand. In 2010, two years after launching Charlotte Olympia, FN gave me its Emerging Talent Award. My most meaningful piece of coverage was in the Jan. 30, 2012 issue, when I was the lead feature and on the cover. That same year, I won the FN Achievement Award for Designer of the Year, which was an honor not only for my brand but for myself.”

Nicholas Kirkwood

“The first time I was featured in FN was when I won the Vivian Infantino Award for Emerging Talent at the Footwear News Achievement Awards in 2005. It was soon after I launched the brand, and it was incredible to be recognized by the industry. Footwear News has been so supportive.”

Ivanka Trump

“I was thrilled when Footwear News first covered the launch of my shoe collection. It was a huge milestone for my brand. I was further honored when Footwear News recognized us as Launch of the Year. Thank you for all of your support FN and Happy Anniversary.”

Alexandre Birman

“The first time Alexandre Birman appeared in FN was in 2009, when we were launching
at Bergdorf Goodman. To me, it meant everything to have recognition from the industry’s leaders. There have been so many [meaningful moments] that it’s hard to name one, but one that stands out was when I won the Emerging Talent Award in 2009. To be named among other designers that I admire was the greatest compliment.”

Giuseppe Zanotti

“Footwear News has always been supportive since the beginning of my career. I am very grateful and attached to it. Throughout the years, I have received a good num- ber of FN Achievement Awards. I still remember the first time I won the Designer of the Year award in 2000. All of these awards mean a lot to me and are great reminders of some of my milestones. Footwear News is a world renowned fashion footwear magazine made by a team of talented editors and photographers who play an important role in connecting fashion designers, press and industry insiders [with] events like the FN CEO Summit. My thank you and best wishes go to this incredible team and Michael Atmore — a friend and great supporter of me and the brand. The FN team is made of great people and talented professionals.”

Edgardo Osorio, Aquazurra

“My first and favorite coverage was in 2013, when my shoe was on the cover. I also won the FN’s Emerging Talent Award that year, which was an honor. It was a wonderful surprise.”

Ruthie Davis

“I first discovered FN in the stacks at the library at Babson, where I was studying for my MBA in Entrepreneurship. Most of my reports were written about footwear brands, and FN became my primary source for information and research on the industry. From Babson, I went on to work in footwear at Reebok, Ugg Australiaand Tommy Hilfiger, and FN was always my top source for trends, news and strategies. When I made the jump to launching my own luxury shoe label, FN was an invaluable communication vehicle in getting the word out into the footwear marketplace. I have been fortunate to have many of the shoes I’ve designed grace the pages of FN, and those placements have not only made me proud, they also helped increase sales.”

Rebecca Minkoff

“Being honored as Marketer of the Year in the November 2010 issue was a very special moment for us and our first major feature in the magazine. The digital space is such a defining aspect of my brand, and it felt so rewarding to be showcased in a positive way that celebrated our approach. Footwear News has always shown such great support and impactful coverage of our brand that is thrilling to see every single time. Congratulations on 70 years!”

Sam Edelman

“Through the ups and downs of our career, I think being back-to-back Company of the Year and then People of the Year for Sam & Libby is probably the high point of our Footwear News history.”

Marc Fisher

“After 70 years, Footwear News continues to be the best source of information on the footwear industry. We are all grateful to have FN for its trend reporting and news coverage.”


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