40 Under 40: Young Design Stars Who Are Making Bold Moves

This week, we highlighted young executives and retailers in our first-ever 40 Under 40 issue. As part of that package, we are saluting smart, talented and innovative designers (and their business partners) in that demographic who are making huge contributions in footwear. Take a look at the list below:

Virgil Abloh, 37
Founder and creative director, Off-White c/o Virgil Abloh and artistic director, Louis Vuitton Men’s

Paul Andrew, 39
CEO of Paul Andrew, women’s 
creative director, Salvatore Ferragamo

Rihanna, 30
Creative director for Fenty x Puma and Puma brand ambassador

Nicholas Kirkwood, 37
Founder and creative director, Nicholas Kirkwood

Sophia Webster, 33, Bobby Stockley, 38
Founder and creative director and CEO, respectively, Sophia Webster

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Sophia Webster and Bobby Stockley.
CREDIT: Paul Stuart.

Kim Jones, 38
Artistic Director, Dior Homme, Ready-to-Wear and Accessories

Alexa Chung, 34
Founder and creative director, Alexa Chung

Anthony 
Vaccarello, 35
Creative director, Yves Saint Laurent

Fernando Garcia, 31, Laura Kim, 36
Co-creative directors, Monse and Oscar de la Renta

Joseph Altuzarra, 34
Creative director, Altuzzara

Alexander Wang, 34
Creative director, Alexander Wang

Mary-Kate and 
Ashley Olsen, 31
Co-founders and designers, The Row and Elizabeth & James

Malone Souliers
Mary Alice Malone and Roy Luwolt of Malone Souliers.
CREDIT: Courtesy of brand

Mary Alice 
Malone, 35, 
Roy Luwolt, 35
Founder and creative director, founder and managing director, respectively, Malone Souliers

Edgardo Osorio, 32
Creative director and founder, Aquazzura

Rebecca Minkoff, 37
Creative director and co-founder, Rebecca Minkoff

Adam and Ryan Goldston, 31
Co-founders, APL

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APL co-founders Adam Goldston (L) and Ryan Goldston.
CREDIT: APL

Charlotte 
Olympia 
Dellal, 36
Founder and creative director, Charlotte Olympia

Franklin 
“Frank Cooker” 
Cooke, 32
NRG Footwear designer, Jordan Brand

Aleali May, 25
Stylist, influencer and fashion 
consultant; first woman to design Air Jordan sneaker in both men’s and women’s sizing

Chloe Gosselin, 33
Creative director, Chloe Gosselin

Prabal Gurung, 39
Founder and creative director, Prabal Gurung

Louis Leeman, 33, 
Erica Pelosini, 32
Co-founders and creative directors, Louis Leeman

Aurora James, 33
Founder and creative director, Brother Vellies

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Aurora James at a CFDA meeting in New York on April 20.
CREDIT: Rex Shutterstock

Sarah Flint, 29, 
Veronica Collins, 36
Founder, designer and CEO, president and COO, respectively, Sarah Flint

Johannes Quodt, 32, Chris Wichert, 31
Co-founders and co-CEOs, Koio

Katrin Alda, 34
Founder and creative director, Kalda

Sultan 
Al Darmaki, 35
Creative director, Darmaki

Alexia Aubert, 35
Founder and creative director, Solovière

Antonello Benati, 33
Founder, Manebi

Nicolo Beretta, 22
Designer, Giannico

Arianna Casadei, 29
Global marketing and 
communications director, Casadei

Demna Gvsalia, 38
Creative director, Vetements 
and Balenciaga

Matthew 
Chevallard, 32
Founder and creative director, Del Toro Shoes

Archie Hewlett, 23
CEO and founder, Duke & Dexter

Albin Johansson, 30, Max Svärdh, 31
CEO and creative director, 
respectively,  Axel Arigato

Alessandra Lanvin, 36
Founder and creative 
director, Aperlai

Jennifer Chamandi, 31
Founder and creative director, Jennifer Chamandi

Natacha 
Ramsay-Levi, 38
Creative director, Chloé

Ashleigh 
Dempster, 38
Founder, Akid

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Akid's Ashleigh Dempster.
CREDIT: Shane McCauley.

François du Chastel, 36
Founder and creative director, 
Chatelles

Amina Muaddi, 31
Footwear designer, Alexandre Vauthier

Martina Grasselli, 37
Founder and creative director, Coliac

Amelie Pichard, 34
Artistic director and founder, Amelie Pichard

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