For those who can’t to get enough shoes since they only have two feet, they can now wrap themselves in a scarf printed with a pair of heels, from designer Mark Schwartz. The industry veteran recently launched a collection of whimsical scarves featuring his original footwear artwork.
“People had been asking me to do scarves for years,” said Schwartz about the colorful wraps, which are made in Italy and retail for $95. Based on the success of the line, Schwartz will add companion leather totes later this month at $495 and shoe bags in sets of five for less than $100 — all under Schwartz’s High Heeled Art label.
Accessories are just the beginning for Schwartz, who for fall ’16 will be returning to his first passion — footwear — with the launch of a signature shoe collection. “I enjoy working with [other designers], but for me, designing is a personal thing ,” said Schwartz, who last offered his own line in 2006.
His collection of fashion-forward footwear, produced in Italy, will retail from $400 to $600. “The collection is contemporary, with a twist,” said Schwartz, who’s best known for his heels. Slated for June delivery, the line is targeted at better specialty stores.
Schwartz is a 30-year veteran of the industry who began his career with Roger Vivier, moving on to work with Ralph Lauren, Balenciaga and Gucci. Over the decades, he’s designed and custom-made shoes for high-profile clients that include Oprah Winfrey, Jennifer Lopez and Lady Gaga.
The designer is recognized in footwear circles for his shoe-inspired artwork. Early on, Schwartz had the opportunity to work with Andy Warhol, who taught him how to make paintings of his shoe designs.
Since the ’90s, Schwartz has done about 500 paintings, sold to private collectors as well as businesses. “It’s been a word-of-mouth business,” said Schwartz, who takes on commissions.