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.

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.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014 - The DLM German Leather and Shoe Museum in Offenbach presents for the first time a treasure hidden in it's Roger Vivier collections until now. It shows 40 prototypes of the master dating from the 1930s, bringing to light the youthful work of Roger Vivier, a period that has not yet really been explored from 22.03. till 02.11.2014.
Roger Vivier SchuhWERKE
Roger Vivier SchuhWERKE

'Christian Dior – Shoes Created by Roger Vivier' – The creator of the New Look would never have allowed anyone other than a legendary shoe designer sign his name next to his. This is proof of the great esteem Christian Dior held in Roger Vivier.

Vivier was a student of fine arts when he found a part-time job in a shoe factory that belonged to someone in the family, which explains the characteristically sculptural style of the shoes he created all throughout his career. He invented the Stiletto heel, the Comma heel, the Shock heel and many others that defied the laws of gravity. He dreamed up delicious little silk shoes decorated with feathers and pearls for Princess Soraya, Marlene Dietrich and many others. And it was Vivier who gave Brigitte Bardot her thigh-high boots to go with her Harley-Davidson…

From the 1930s on, as designer for Miller and Delman in New York, Vivier revolutionized the North American shoe market. All of his creations were realized on behalf of Laboremus, a subsidiary of the tannery Heyl’sche Lederwerke in Worms-Liebenau, the head office of which was at Place Vendôme in Paris, a stone’s throw away from the great Ritz Hôtel.

DLM German Leather and Shoe Museum Offenbach for the first time presents a treasure hidden in its Roger Vivier collections until now: 40 prototypes of the master dating from the 1930s, bringing to light the youthful work of Roger Vivier, a period that has not yet really been explored. The unique shoes from the House of Dior, those created under the label “Roger Vivier for Saks Fifth Avenue” and the exceptional models on loan from Roger Vivier in Paris, the Pierre Bergé-
Yves Saint Laurent Foundation and the Christian Dior Museum in Granville are so many windows opening onto the universe of a great name in fashion of the 20th century.

The exhibition presents over 100 works, including two dresses of Christian Dior, which will be shown in alternation. The curator of the exhibition is Dr. Rosita Nenno.

Roger Vivier – SchuhWERKE
22.03. – 02.11.2014

DLM Deutsches Ledermuseum Schuhmuseum Offenbach
Frankfurter Str. 86
63067 Offenbach/Main

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday
10:00 – 17:00

Thursday, February 13, 2014 - The 'Berlin Shoe Days' represent the different events throughout Berlin‘s new trade show 'What About Shoes', which takes place from the 21st until 23rd of February 2014. The shoe museum is one of the Berlin Shoe Days events and it is also the first one of that kind ever in Germany‘s capital. In order to make this outstanding presentation happen, we started the cooperation with Dutch designer and curator Liza Snook and her ‘Virtual Shoe Museum’. In cooperation with Ivan Civic, artist and curator of a very special No74 adidas selection.
Berlin's 1st International Shoe Museum
Berlin's 1st International Shoe Museum

Berlin‘s first international shoe museum shows over fifty fancy samples from different designers from all over the World. Some of them were already part of the shoe exhibitions 'Starker Auftritt – Experimental Shoe Design' at the Grassi Museum for Applied Arts in Leipzig and 'Auf Schritt ind Tritt' at the Museum Villa Roth in Ulm.

You are welcome to see these remarkable works at the ground floor of the Postbahnhof next to the trade show 'What About Shoes'.

Friday 21.02. and Saturday 22.02.2014
10.00 a.m. - 07.00 p.m. nonstop

Berliner Postbahnhof (ground floor, side entrance)
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8 10243 Berlin

Sunday 23.02.2014
10.00 a.m. - 06.00 p.m. nonstop

Entrance fee:
€ 5,00 (no presage, box office only)

Combi ticket for SLEM & Museum: € 8,50 (no presage, box office only)

SLEM Institute workshops & lectures

The Dutch education and innovation institute SLEM is our second cooperation with the Netherlands. They offer several different workshops and lectures for suppliers, exhibitors and other interested parties throughout the days. Hot topics will be trends, Spring/ Summer 2015 and later sustainability and creation of a micro brand. The world-renowned footwear forecaster and consultant Nicoline van Enter and her collegues will present 3 workshops and lectures per day in the middle of the shoe museum at the Postbahnhof.

Friday 21.02.2014
12.00 a.m. - 12.45 p.m Lecture 'Trend' for buyers
03.00 p.m. - 04.00 p.m Workshop 'Sustainability & Micro Brand' for students/companies
06.00 p.m. - 06.45 p.m Lecture 'Trend 'for buyers

Saturday 22.02.2014
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m Lecture 'Trend' for buyers
02.00 p.m. - 03.00 p.m. Workshop 'Sustainability & Micro Brand' for students/companies
04.00 p.m. - 05.00 p.m Lecture 'Spring/Summer 2015 and later' for suppliers

Sunday 23.02.2014
11.00 a.m. - 11.45 a.m. Lecture 'Trend' for buyers

Friday, January 31, 2014 - The Kunsthal Rotterdam will reveal the astonishing story of women's shoe design, from 1900 to the present, during this spring from February 1 till May 11 2014. S.H.O.E.S - Sexy Heels Or Easy Sandals will exhibit more than 500 shoes created by celebrated designers such as André Perugia and Salvatore Ferragamo, international 'stars' Manolo Blahnik and Christian Louboutin, as well as contemporary and rising young talent.
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels
S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels

Shoes as genuine, finely fashioned objets d'art, ranging from Victorian boots to seductive slippers and from high heels to futuristic pieces. The unbelievable variety and inventiveness of so many shoe designs is a delight for the eye: the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition is a must-see for anyone with a passion for fashion.

From practical design to status symbol
Over the years various decorative elements have made their appearance into the world of shoe fashion: amongst others the floating heel, open heel, platform shoes, ankle straps and bows. Designers have constantly experimented with form, materials, colour and comfort. Cross-fertilisation and retro-reference have been combined with new experimentation. The woman's shoe has become increasingly elegant, and heel height has reached as much as 15cm. New technologies and materials such as micro-fibre, elastic and synthetics have made extreme forms, sometimes highly erotically charged, possible. The rise of the "couturier" fashion houses and their designers have taken the woman's shoe from attractive accessory to ultimate status symbol. Just as Sex and the City actress Sarah Jessica Parker swears by her Manolo Blahniks, many women long for new shoes as for new love.

Jewels from renowned collections
Numerous star pieces from celebrated collections will be on display in the S.H.O.E.S. exhibition - a collaboration with the Fashion Museum Hasselt - such as Perugia's surrealist 1931 design 'Homage to Braque' from the International Footwear Museum in Romans-sur-Isère, as well as the first platform-sole sandal that Ferragamo designed in 1938 for Judy Garland. Naturally, there is also place for Roger Vivier, who invented the stiletto in 1954. Closer to home, many other splendid designs, such as the 1960 transparent plastic pump by Beth & Herbert Levine from the Fashion Museum Hasselt collection, and the 1985 colourful stiletto by Charles Jourdan from the Dutch Leather and Shoe Museum in Waalwijk. These grand-masters of shoe design will be featured alongside The Netherlands' own Jan Jansen, himself a member of the international elite since the early 1970's. Some well-known contemporary Dutch and Belgian designers will also be broadly represented in S.H.O.E.S., including Rem D. Koolhaas, Jan Taminiau and the rising talents Katrien Herdewijn and Nienke van Dee (winner of the Global Footwear Design Award 2013).

S.H.O.E.S Head over Heels
February 1 till May 11 2014

Museumpark, Westzeedijk 341
3015 AA Rotterdam
The Netherlands

Housewarming Kunsthal
Saturday 1 February 2pm-7pm
Free entrance

Photo: Court Shoes by Vivienne Westwood, 1993 © 2013 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

Sunday, November 24, 2013 - From Friday November 29th till December Sunday 1st 2013 the fourth edition of Meesterlijk will take place in Amsterdam at the Westergasfabriek. During Meesterlijk the Machine house will be transformed into an actual SHOEFACTORY. The Dutch Shoe Academy will demonstrate at Meesterlijk how a shoe is created: from concept, sketch, to the final end product. Students will be operating the sewing machine, skiving machine and sanding machine.
SHOEFACTORY at Meesterlijk
SHOEFACTORY at Meesterlijk

Patterns will be cut, parts will be stitched together, shafts will be pinned to their lasts and soles will be sanded into shape. At the SHOEFACTORY everyone is welcome to work with leather. Join the work table to ‘pimp your shoe’ by making a jamboree or assemble your own mocassin.

Kids Workshops
Every day between 16.00 - 18.00 hrs. there is an open workshop for children. Kids are free to just come and go here as they please. The main thing is for them to discover what it is like to work with these materials and experience shoe making hands on. At the SHOEFACTORY they can purchase the 'Do It Yourself Mocassin' kit and get started. Children up the the age of 12 can come to Meesterlijk free of charge, providing they are accompanied by an adult.

There are long supervised tables where the kids can work on their mocassins with assistance. Not finished yet? No worries! You can take it all home to complete at your own pace.

The event
In november 2013 the fifth edition of Meesterlijk will take place. This is the event where product designers, fashion designers, food designers and artisans share their passion for design and craftsmanship with the public.

During 3 days established Masters will stand alongside talented novices at one of the most stunning and inspiring venues of Amsterdam: the Westergasfabriek!

Where can you buy objects directly from the product designers, fashion designers and artisans themselves? Where can you still find the pure passion for the creation process? At Meesterlijk, the contemporary event for design and craftsmanship.

3 days - 3 venues
At this 3 day long event 3 venues will be home to professionals from traditional crafts such as gold and silversmiths and carpenters together with designers and manufacturers of handmade design. Your ticket offers access to all these venues.

There are unique products for sale, like furniture, glass and crystal objects of use, wooden, metal and ceramic objects and of course wearable items such as tailor made shirts, shoes (for both men and women), hats, bags, jewellery and other accessories.

Meesterlijk - design and crafts
29 November - 1 December 2013, 12.00 - 18.00
Westergasfabriek, Polonceaukade 2 (De Bakkerswinkel entrance)
Amsterdam 1014 DA
The Netherlands

More info and tickets at Meesterlijk.

Shoes by Dutch Shoe Academy teacher Liesel Swart in the Virtual Shoe Museum.

Photo by DSA, Jamboree for man and woman.