Classically trained at the famed Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers, Nicholas Kirkwood actually started by working under Philip Treacy, a London milliner. Creating ornate hats inspired him to design shoes that were equally structural and captivating. He designed runway footwear for a number of other designers in order to earn and save enough money to create his own eponymous collection in 2005.
Kirkwood is an award-winning and highly acclaimed women's footwear designer, but one look at his work and you know that's not why he's in the business. Shoes are an art form for him: From textures to structure, materials to print - each detail is so intentional. They're lovely pieces with a light hint of the avant garde, wholly functional and wholly dramatic.