The name Nicholas Kirkwood is always hot on every shoe connoisseur’s lips, as the fashion world literally cannot tire of the designer’s fresh, architectural designs. His pieces are so interesting, we’re not quite sure whether to put them on our feet or display them around the house as works of art.
Since the beginning of his career, the Central Saint Martins graduate has (deservedly) won an array of awards, worked with the best ready-to-wear design talents, and opened shops and pop-ups worldwide – all by the tender age of 34. Naturally, Savoir Flair was intrigued to get an exclusive insight into a typical day in the life of the footwear master, which looks a little something like this:
The first thing I do when I wake up is look through some e-mails and check my calendar to see what I have for the day. I usually start my day off with yoga, depending on whether or not I’m in the country, so I respond to a few e-mails while waiting for my yoga teacher to arrive.
I don’t live far from my flagship store in Mayfair, so I tend to check on everyone there before I go to the studio. I think it’s so important to know what our customers have been purchasing and see what has been popular… but first, I always grab a green tea from The Mount Street Deli. The store is currently being renovated, and I can’t wait for its completion. As a designer, you always imagine what your own store will look like, and having your own space is a great opportunity to show your collection in an environment that you’ve curated.
I head over to my new studio that is located in the heart of Soho, which I love as it’s such a vibrant area. There is always something going on – great restaurants and hideaway bars with interesting people. I tend to have a lot of meetings lined up before lunch, so I sit down with my PA first and discuss anything major that is coming up. I have a big tour around Asia early next year, doing lots of personal appearances, so we talk through my calendar.
I meet with my design team to go over any corrections for the current collection that I am designing and discuss all the new material samples we’ve had sent in from our supplier. I love testing out new fabrications on my classic silhouettes. We then have a model fitting; this ensures that all the shoes fit properly before they go into production – possibly the most important process!
My lunches are taken up by work meetings, so I tend to make the most of all the great restaurants in the area. One of my current favorites is Social Eating House. I then try to take a quick break, so I’ll take an inspiration trip to the latest exhibition for about half an hour. Phillips is really close to the studio and store, so I often head there. I recently saw the ‘Mert & Marcus’ photography exhibition; I absolutely love them as a duo, and their work is so inspiring.
I then meet with my PR & Communications team to go through final designs for my new website, which is relaunching at the end of the year. We also discuss the relaunch event of our store – this I am super excited about! There will be a cheese truck where you can get Nicholas Kirkwood-branded mini cheese toasties. You can also have your aura photographed in a special booth and enjoy cocktails based on our Spring/Summer 2017 collection using quartz crystals and gemstones. What more could you want?
My workday ends with me sitting down with my wholesale team to discuss new designs for our showrooms in Milan, Paris, and New York, and running through my upcoming events over in the US.
My evenings usually entail going to events, which I always love as it’s a great chance to catch up with people I don’t always get to see. If I am not enjoying a party somewhere, I use the chance to see my friends and go for dinner. I love Columbia Road, so I’ve recently been going to the restaurant Brawn. The food is unreal, and they do great baked scallops… they’re to die for!
Tomorrow, it all starts again – unless I’m in Italy, with a full day of meetings at our factory Rossimoda.
Nicholas Kirkwood is available at Harvey Nichols – Dubai, Mall of the Emirates.