Monday, July 28, 2014 - The Palette series (Stiletto Palette or Sneaker Palette) was developed in 2010, to inspire everyone from fashion lovers to sneaker heads. A platform where everyone can easily collaborate, share, draw and create. The journals feature a variety of subdued side profiles that allow the designer to quickly draw and brainstorm design ideas by providing accurately proportioned silhouettes.
Palette- creative tools for creative minds
Palette- creative tools for creative minds

Style & Quality
Palette is focused on bringing you a high quality notebook. All palette products are premium and feature a quality control method of printing, stitch binding and luxe linen cover.
• High quality: 100 gsm designer white paper
• Luxe linen cloth hardcover journal.
• 150 pages including ribbon book mark
• Elastic band closure

Designed in Los Angeles
Palette Publishing is a publisher and distributor established in Los Angeles. We are one of LA’s largest growing distributor of books and lifestyle products who continue to grow and cultivate a unique generation of individuals and specialists. Palette Publishing places great emphasis on working with bookshops, educational institutions, and schools. We are committed to our craft and strive to improve the quality of our materials released for designers as well as footwear/accessories enthusiasts globally. We have held various exhibitions and sponsored many events to assist the promotion of design culture and learning through the practice of drawing.

The founders
Creative professionals and Los Angeles natives with extensive european training, as well as, global work experience in USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. We have a shared mission; to provide premium design tools that have been developed to foster creative synergy.

Over the years the design duo has developed with unique insights that can be translated into various industries including high fashion, apparel, soft goods, accessories, digital design, publishing, lifestyle branding, automotive and consumer electronics. Backgrounds include Fashion Footwear & Accessories Design focus from: London College of Fashion, UK/Central Saint Martins, UK/Art Center College of Design, USA.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2014 - The shoe exhibition Shoes in Art and Design at the KUNST HAUS WIEN is on show from 18 June till 5 October 2014. Most of the approximately 160 experimental shoe creations by designers, artists and architects are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures, as conceptual statements, or as provocations against the main stream. These SHOEting Stars are distinguished by their unusual forms, exclusive materials and 'emotional added value' often to the detriment of their actual wearability.
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design

SHOEting Stars
The topic of 'shoes' opens up an entire cosmos of stories, individual experiences and preconceptions. Shoes symbolise passion and the search for perfection. They represent trivial needs, but at the same time are an attractive medium for artistic and scientific speculation. The subject of this exhibition, therefore, is the contemplation of shoes not only as casual fashion projects but as design objects that make their own autonomous statements.

The exhibition focuses on experimental shoe creations by artists, designers and architects. Most of these creations are one of a kind or have been produced only in small series. Many have been devised as small sculptures in their own right, as conceptional statements, or as provocations against the main stream. Each of them is distinguished by an unusual form, exclusive materials and an “emotional added value” – often to the detriment of its actual wearability. In view of the astounding creativity and diversity of artistic ideas, the functionality criterion is of secondary significance.

Where does this courage to create an unconventional shoe come from? A not inconsiderable role is certainly played by the design avant-garde of the fashion world, where art and fashion have long been intimately linked, with each camp utilising the other’s mechanisms. Fashion designers rely on limited
production runs and direct cooperation with artists or borrow unabashedly from the treasure trove of
art history.

On the other hand, when artists focus on shoes as the subject of their creative works, amazing autonomous artistic statements result. Shoes made of glass, ceramics and porcelain or conceived as part of an installation follow in the tradition of creative sculpture and thus assume positions outside the
canons of the fashion market. Artists enjoy slipping into the role of the beholder. In conceptual works they target the complex relationship between society and the individual and focus on facets of modern consumer behaviour. In doing so they are working at the crossroad to social design, which represents
an expansion in the sense of creating life forms and preserving values.

A further source of creativity is provided by new technologies and materials, which enable a previously unheard-of spectrum of forms, structures and surfaces. By means of computer-aided processes, used alone or in combination with traditional techniques, the appearance of a shoe can be modified step by
step. Materials with new looks and new textures lend these shoes an almost futuristic aspect. The sections of the exhibition reflect contemporary design positions and show a blurring of boundaries between design, handicrafts and art that has been observable for quite some time. The range of exhibition objects is correspondingly broad: from an architectonic approach through small sculptures to the critical exploration of ethical and moral aspects of art and society; from experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object – there is no question in present-day discourse to which a shoe of some kind does not have an appropriate answer.

The thematic grouping of the exhibited works underscores the blurring of boundaries between art, design and handicrafts. The spectrum ranges from an architectonic approach through experiments with materials to the shoe as a fetish object. The manifold possibilities inherent in shoes as a creative medium are reflected not only in the shoes themselves but also in installations, photographs and videos, and include the positions of several Austrian artists and designers.

An exhibition by KUNST HAUS WIEN in cooperation with the GRASSI Museum of Applied Art Leipzig
Idea and concept: Sabine Epple
Curator in Vienna: Brigitte Woischnik
Co-Curator in Vienna: Liza Snook, www.VirtualShoeMuseum.com

SHOEting Stars. Shoes in Art and Design
18 June to 5 October 2014
KUNST HAUS WIEN
1030 Vienna, Untere Weissgerberstrasse 13
www.kunsthauswien.com

Thursday, July 10, 2014 - After launching his new shoe collection EXCIDIUM at FashionClash Festival 2014 Maastricht last month in a collaboration with fashion designer Judith van Vliet, this friday Juli 11th at 14.00 during the 21st edition of Mercedes-Benz FashionWeek Amsterdam, Chris van den Elzen's fabulous shoes will be part of the vodafone FashionLAB show by Joelle Boers and Bregje Cox.
EXCIDIUM by Chris van Elzen
EXCIDIUM by Chris van Elzen

Hereby Chris van den Elzen proudly presents his new collection, a collaboration with fashiondesigner Judith van Vliet.

The EXCIDIUM shoe collection
EXCIDIUM, a latin word, an adjective, embracing the words destruction, demolition, overthrown, cataclasm, erosion, desolation.

A 3D printed woodpulp platform wedge with a calf leather upper and a acrylic/copper heel insert, a high-tech wedge with a handmade calf leather upper finalized with italian zippers. The collection consists of ankle booties, half booties and sandals, all in black and a soft grey with copper details.

INSPIRATION
Everywhere around us there are more and more empty buildings. They are abandoned. It often costs too much to restore them and are therefore demolished to make room for cold new projects without identity. These abandoned, derelict buildings bursting with ornaments. Overpowerd by nature influences. They live a life of their own. The layers of dust became layers of sand. Broken windows make room for the green to come inside and find its way. The object leads its own life and so it creates its unique nature, 'time seems to stand still'.

The beauty of imperfection gives each object its own identity. The consequences of abandonment are becoming more severe as time passes. Architectural shapes become erratic and are increasingly being overpowerd by nature. Erosion, moss, fungi and oxidants adorn the walls, ceilings and floors. A world of new designs, textures and colors.

HIGH-TECH meets CRAFT
Together with technicians Pelser-Hartman (3D-scan) and Peggy Bannenberg (3D jewelry designer) van den Elzen started the high-tech part of the shoes, the platform. A perfect scan of the new lasts was required. Pelser-Hartman who normally scan architectural objects helped to optimize the design. Together with Peggy Bannenberg the 3D model was constructed and ready to print. The platform wedge is 3D printed with a new and fresh woodpulp material called woodfill (by colorFabb). The one piece platform is printed at ifabrica Amsterdam, a young and hightech workshop open to fresh ideas.

Photo's by Fanny van Poppel.

More shoes by Chris van den Elzen and Judith van Vliet at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Tuesday, July 08, 2014 - The U-Lace story is actually your story. You are the artist who will take our laces and customize sneakers in way that will turn heads, collect compliments and inspire other to create sneaker masterpieces of their own. It's your world, so color it your way!
U-Lace
U-Lace

About You
From its inception, U-Lace has been about You - the end user, the consumer. That's why we named the company 'U' Lace. Though we all share the same planet, we are all unique individuals who possess our own passions, sense-of-style, and desires. U-Lace was created to empower people across the globe to simply Color Their World however they wish.

About U-Lace
U-Lace is the result of a deliberate effort by global trend-spotter and U-Lace founder Tim Talley (the guy above in the coaches shorts, shell-toe Adidas and dooky-rope chain) to find an idea for a new product that could transform the world in a way that was exciting, creative, innovative, and empowering all at the same time. That idea was found in Harajuku, Tokyo - one of the coolest places on the planet. Fittingly U-Lace was named the #1 Hot New Trend product in Japan. Distributed in over 40 countries and sold in some of the worlds hottest shops, including Colette in Paris, U-Lace is rapidly changing the way people lace up and how they express themselves from head to toe.

U-Lace Classic Mix-N-Match
Want to lace your kicks in more than one color? Team colors, school colors, fashion colors, Classic U-Lace Mix-n-Match is your product. With 6 U-Lace's and a price that beats standard laces on lace-ups with 2 or more colors, you'll be styling in a snap with U-Lace Classic Mix-n-Match Packs. Requires at least 2 packs to lace a pair of sneakers. You can buy your U-Lace here

Lacing Guide
There are well over 40 known U-Lace lacing patterns. Recently, the winner of our Win Free Kicks For A Year contest created several lace-ups that we had never seen or thought of. So there are likely even more patterns out there to be discovered. If you come up with a new pattern let us know and if we verify it to be new, unique and different from any pattern we’ve already seen we’ll give you a prize pack and even add your pattern to our lacing guide. Remember, you can use patterns not just for creating cool designs but also for fine-tuning the snugness and feel of your U-Laces.

Photo sneakers by Charlotte Visser.

Sunday, June 08, 2014 - Organised by The Walt Disney Company France the exhibition 'Bad for Good' gathers creators around their childhood memories of Disney movies. They built on their Disney’s souvenirs to produce original pieces… Exhibition show at Espace Commines 17 in Paris June 10 and 11 from 10.00 till 19.00, June 12 from 10.00 till 15.00. Auction date June 12 at 20.00. This auction includes a pair of black Witch shoes by Kobi Levi.
Disney's Bad for Good (Le Mal pour le Bien) Auction
Disney's Bad for Good (Le Mal pour le Bien) Auction

The works of 23 creators working within the fashion industry, the visual and fine arts one, cinema, literature and haute cuisine area will be auctioned in favor of La Source association, founded by artist Gérard Garouste. Tajan auction house will be leading the sale. It has already been many years since fashion designers and artists have reinterpreted iconic Disney characters with their very own sensitivity. This time, Disney has been willing to give them carte blanche to create works not only from a character but from an entire universe: the one relating to Bad and Good, timeless and ever present common theme to all Disney creations.

Bad For Good: creators’ childhood memories:
Paul Smith / Chantal Thomass / Christian Louboutin / Christian Lacroix / Véronique Leroy / Anne Valérie Hash / Martin Grant / Kobi Levi / Gisèle Ganne / Manish Arora / Francis Kurkdjian / Gérard Garouste / Elisabeth Garouste / Speedy Graphito / Laurent Pernot / Martine Aballéa / Virginie Barré / Thierry Dreyfus / Lionel Estève / Christophe Ono-Dit-Biot / Benjamin Renner / Philippe Conticini / Jean Rochefort

All of them have brought to l fe a personal souvenir of Bad or Good from an animated movie seen during their childhood.

The works gathered, most of them being brand new creations, will illustrate Disney movies’ eternal vocation: 'Over at our place, we're sure of just one thing: everybody in the world was once a child. So in planning a new picture, we don't think of grown ups, and we don't think of children, but just of that fine, clean, unspoiled spot down deep in every one of us that maybe the world has made us forget and that maybe our pictures can help recall' Walt Disney.
« I pass you down this souvenir, to help you growing up »

The Walt Disney Company France has wanted that the operation 'Bad for Good' can contribute to its vocation of hand over and solidarity amongst children, which has already been developed for many years with various associations in favour of childhood.

The auction will therefore be in favor of La Source association created in 1991 by painter Gérard Garouste, who intends to help children and young people facing social problems, both family and school related, and to develop their artistic creativity in various fields (www.associationlasource.fr).

Location
Espace Commines 17, rue Commines 75003, Paris.

Exhibition
June 10 and 11: 10.00 till 19.00
June 12: 10.00 till 15.00

Auction date
June 12 at 20.00

Thursday, May 29, 2014 - On Saturday, June 7 the Fashion and Shoe Designing Academy of Fine Arts Department of Sint-Niklaas presents it's annual sensational and spectacular show for the 18th time. For this presentation 't Bauhuis will be transformed into a show location.
June 7th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK
June 7th Fashion and Shoe design show by SASK

The fashion and shoe designs of part-time education in Sint-Niklaas, Fashion Design department: led by Ellen Monstrey and assisted by Maureen Declercq and Chris Franssen and Shoe Design by Anne Poesen & Patrick Cremers has manifested itself for many years as a professional and very inspiring department looking far beyond the borders of Sint-Niklaas. What makes this program so special is that it is a part-time education program. The students combine this training with other part-time studies or with their full time or part time jobs. Motivation and enthusiasm is the driving force. For some people it means finally realizing their childhood dream. It requires huge commitment and only who is passionate enough gets to the finish line. Because the program sets its goals very, academic, high.

Focus on both fashion and shoe design on the design, structure, craft, form study , chart and study of historical and ethnic costumes. The programs of both directions are similar and personal vision and authenticity are encouraged from the first year.

The Shoe Design department was created out of passion for the craft. For shoe design there are 30 candidates. The show is the culmination of an academic year and gives students from the first year on a platform to show their work, their vision and creativity. That every year 1.200 people, not just family and insiders, come to visit this show is the best form of appreciation for this department and it's students. So make sure you will also join this dazzling, exciting, inspiring show!

7th of June 2014
Academie Sint Niklaas
SASK Shoe design show 20.00, fashion show 21.00.
Tickets in advance 15 euro/at the door 17 euro

Location: 't Bauhuis, Slachthuisstraat 60, Sint-Niklaas, Belgium

Previous articles about SASK and the shoe selection by students

'O' by Katrien Herdewyn, 2013, photo David Collart

Monday, May 19, 2014 - Shoetopia, Contemporary Footwear by Sue Huey and Kathryn Kenny is the ultimate book on designer shoes, exploring the ever-evolving world of footwear and the creative designers in it. Footwear design continues to be one of the most important and interesting areas of the fashion industry.
Shoetopia
Shoetopia

This stunning book showcases the most exciting and innovative contemporary footwear designers from across the globe, from established brands like Jimmy Choo and Prada to the rising stars of the future Liam Fahy, FINSK and Anastasia Radevich.

From traditional skills to extraordinary new developments in the industry, the book features original design sketches and beautiful photography, bringing together a rich array of desirable footwear. Sue Huey and Kathryn Kenny: "While structure, colour and material make up the essential elements of footwear design, the underlying theme that keeps every designer alive is the woman who will wear the shoe and ultimately make it her own. Many designers have a definitive woman in mind when designing... others, prefer the character to develop organically… The factor that unites them all is the desire to evoke emotion with their shoes, whether it be humour, a sense of seduction or empowerment. All strive to enrich the lives of those who wear them.”

Featured designers include: Nicholas Kirkwood, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Miu Miu, Charlotte Olympia, Rupert Sanderson, Sophia Webster, Vivienne Westwood, Prada, Chanel and may other great shoe design talents.

About the authors
Sue Huey is a former Head of Footwear and Accessories at Worth Global Style Network. She previously worked as footwear and accessories designer for a leading international fashion house. She is the author of two books: New Shoes and Bag, both published by Laurence King.

Kathryn Kenny is a graduate of the prestigious footwear college Cordwainers. In her varied career she has worked as a footwear trend consultant for Worth Global Style Network and as a shoe designer for Georgina Goodman. She is now Digital Content Manager for high-street fashion retailer New Look.

Shoetopia, Contemporary Footwear
Authors Sue Huey and Kathryn Kenny
Price £24.95 (hardback, 300 illustrations, 224 pages)
Format 280 x 216 mm, text in English
Published by Laurence King, May 2014
ISBN 9781780673455

Order your copy at Amazon and support the Virtual Shoe Museum:

Shoe 'This will destroy you' from the collection Lost Civilizations-Part II 2012 by Anastasia Radevich.

Saturday, April 19, 2014 - A shoe can be… reveals their shoe sculpture Heliotrope. It's inspiration comes from a plant that exhibits heliotropism. A shoe can be… has chosen to present their sculptures by using moving image instead of showing just the final product. This film highlights their possibilities and skills and encourages to create new products in close co-operation. Heliotrope shows leaves and stem at the bottom (leather and wood) and the top of the shoe opens like a true color waterfall (Swarovski, leather and crystal beads).
Heliotrope by A shoe can be
Heliotrope by A shoe can be

Brooklyn Museum New York
Heliotrope is currently in New York for the exhibition 'Killer Heels: the Art of the High Heeled Shoe'. This will be on show from September 10, 2014 through February 15, 2015 at the Brooklyn Museum, New York. The tour will go on tour to three other museums and will take about two years.

A shoe can be… by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen is a work of art, Dutch design, an addiction, exclusive, a label, a dream, unique, tailor made, better than sex, inherited, love, a story, exposed, authentic, one of a kind, a friend for life, timeless, craftsmanship, yours…

René van den Berg
Specializing in designing and manufacturing tailor-made shoes, René carries on a family tradition of shoemaking which dates back to 1902. He combines his creativity and designer skills with extensive knowledge on feet, materials and shoemaking techniques. Among others René collaborates with famous Haute couture and fashion designers like Thierry Mugler, Klavers van Engelen, Anouk Wipprecht, Heineken, Leanie van der Vyver and Joop van den Ende Theaterproducties. In addition René works as a teacher in traditional shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in Utrecht, centre of excellence for craftsmanship. René is the best kept secret of the Netherlands...

Karin Janssen
Karin, graduated from the Design Academy in Eindhoven, is a designer and creative entrepreneur who gets excited by projects in which she can combine her two- and three-dimensional expertise with her love for special materials. Her commercial projects differ from graphic design to shoe(related) design. Karin's strong need to combine design and craft, made her attend the course artisan shoemaking at the Dutch Shoe Academy in 2003, followed by several workshops furniture upholstering and exploring new possibilities and perspectives on materials, craft and design. To fulfill her aspiration to explore, create and innovate, she started A shoe can be… together with René van den Berg in 2013.

More info about A shoe can be…
Don't hesitate to contact A shoe can be… (+31 6 81906906) when you're in need of exceptional footwear for your fashion show, TV commercial, music video, feature film or theatre production.

Credits for the 'Heliotrope' film:
Design: René van den Berg and Karin Janssen
Photo: Martien Schouten
Camera: Hessel Waalewijn
Editing: Taco Zwaanswijk/Virtual Shoe Museum
Music: Niels Bos/Florish Forest

More shoes by René van den Berg and Karin Janssen at the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Wednesday, April 09, 2014 - Internationally-acclaimed footwear designers Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten will join forces for a retrospective exhibition showcasing their works as two of Finland's leading designers. At the 12 Star Gallery from 16 April - 2 May 2014.
FINNOVATIONS - Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten
FINNOVATIONS - Independent Footwear Design by Aki Choklat and Julia Lundsten

The 12 Star Gallery shows work which celebrates the creative and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union.

The exhibition examines the common vision shared by two designers; a nomadic spirit, pure uncompromising design, Nordic inspiration but also an international approach. Having both graduated from world-renowned Royal College of Art and running their own successful labels for more than 10 years between them, the pairing of these two designers is the perfect way to showcase very different but yet similar approaches to Footwear design.

While Julia creates products for women that showcase and celebrate female power, Aki incorporates the female into his menswear range in subtle and different way, each giving the viewer a carefully curated and unique perspective on their Finnovations.

Aki Choklat is an international design professional and shoe designer. He not only runs his own footwear label, but also works as a trend and design consultant for numerous companies, and lectures at Polimoda in Florence, Italy.

Julia Lundsten
She made a name for herself as a most promising and gifted shoe designer, with her label FINSK, launched in 2004. London based, Finnish born Lundsten, who has been dubbed the Eames of footwear, has established herself as a designer with a strong vision and unique, directional style. Lundsten's unique, modern designs are avant-garde yet supremely wearable.

Organised by the Embassy of Finland in London.

FINNOVATIONS
16 April - 2 May 2014

12 Star Gallery, located at Europe House, 32 Smith Square, London and shows work which celebrates the creativity and cultural diversity that is the hallmark of the European Union. The gallery is open from 10am-6pm, Monday to Friday.

Monday, March 31, 2014 - Julian Hakes, the London-based designer recently teamed up with Disney’s Marvel Entertainment LLC to produce a superhero-worthy women’s sandal inspired by the film 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier', which hits theaters these days.
The Black Widow by Julian Hakes
The Black Widow by Julian Hakes

Julian Hakes: 'This latest collaboration with Marvel for Captain America: The Winter Soldier was the perfect opportunity to create a brand new and unique shoe style. I wanted to create a fusion between traditional footwear and the high tech modern world. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier we see Steve Rogers reunited with his S.H.I.E.L.D colleague Natasha Romanoff, the Black Widow. I therefore decided to call this new shoe style the Black Widow edition. I imagined how Natasha might wear the shoes undercover but then at a moment’s notice she could use them as an effective weapon.'

David Lee, Footwear Director for The Walt Disney Company EMEA added, 'Our continued relationship with Julian Hakes reinforces Marvel’s position as an inspiration for designers and fashion innovators. The unique storytelling Marvel offers is a testament to this new design that Hakes has engineered. This shoe not only showcases Hakes’ unique, innovative and evolving style it is also fashion-forward and exciting.'

The star-shaped heel is milled from a solid piece of aluminium using a high frequency electric process. This process and material choice gives the heel great strength and lightness that is a signature material property of Captain America’s ‘vibranium’ shield. The shoe has sawtooth sole. It will be available in spring 2015.

About Julian Hakes
Creative Director of Julian Hakes London and Design Director of Hakes. Architects, Bridge Designers, Based in Europe working internationally.
Hakes’ shoe collections have been widely recognised across the globe. His ‘Mojito’ shoe has won several prestigious awards including the Drapers Shoe Designer of the Year award in 2012.

About Captain America: The Winter Solider
After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America struggles to expose the ever-widening conspiracy while fighting off professional assassins sent to silence him at every turn. When the full scope of the villainous plot is revealed, Captain America and the Black Widow enlist the help of a new ally, the Falcon. However, they soon find themselves up against an unexpected and formidable enemy the Winter Soldier.

More shoes by Julian Hakes at the Virtual Shoe Museum.