A creative spirit runs deep for Ivy Kirzhner. On Thursday, the 34-year-old shoe designer was scheduled to unveil an art exhibition called “Bird Robot Heart,” featuring original work inspired by her resort ’17 footwear line. As part of the show at New York’s Crane & Antler Gallery, she is expected to debut her own pieces alongside other artists’ paintings and drawings, including Rachel M. Bray, Craww and Dolan Geiman.
“This is as much a venue for creative output as it is an opportunity to push the brand into the finer arts,” said Kirzhner, whose eponymous brand hit shelves in 2013.
She also is debuting her first handbag collection this fall. The designer said she works tirelessly to create looks that are outside the box. “We continue to push the envelope with our designs,” said Kirzhner, who in recent seasons has drawn inspiration from 1980s glam rock and arctic explorations. “The evolution of the line has always been rooted in trying to present shoe lovers with something different, unique and brave — the fun accessories to equip them in their adventures and experiences.”
Here, the New Yorker shares her hidden talent, style icon and the best show for binge-watching.
Style icon: “Chloë Sevigny. Yesterday, today, 20 years from now.”
If I were not a shoe designer, I would be … “A fine artist — or a paranormal investigator.”
Hidden talent: “I’m a seasoned musician. I can write, produce, record albums and have gone on tour.”
Favorite era for fashion: “The cusp between the late 1970s and early ’80s. There was this avant-garde quirkiness that is so delightful and absolutely speaks to today’s fashion movement.”
Guilty pleasure: “Vegging out for a ‘Game of Thrones’ marathon for several days on end.”
Favorite shopping destination: “Paris. The whole city is just so inspiring. Whether you shop or not, you end up with pieces that are more than objects but mementos.”