With an eye for design , shoe designer and artist Mark Schwartz has transformed the way the world looks at shoes today . .
LIGHTNING RELEASES (3/19/2014) – For over 30 years, Mark has been churning out unique and interesting designs of shoes; an accessory that he considers to be the most artistic and important. His shoe designs have graced the runways of Paris, Milan and New York as well as the pages of many fashion publications such as Vogue, Elle , W and many more .
Mark began his design career in the early 1980′s in his early twenties with a 6 year long run with shoe design master – Roger Vivier , Schwartz was hand picked by Vivier to be his assistant in design, after 2 years Schwartz was promoted to Creative Director of Roger Vivier International and was responsible along with Vivier for many of the eclectic shoes that Vivier was designing in that period, many long days drawing with Vivier and falling asleep at his desk , only to wake up amongst sketches and ideas for the next Roger Vivier collection. Schwartz was also introduced by Vivier to Andy Warhol , Warhol mentored Schwartz for about 4 years before his death and taught Schwartz to make actual paintings of his shoe designs see website – www.highheeledart.com – www.markschwartzshoedesigner.com
Mark Schwartz has reinvented the shoe through his designs . . .
Mark Left Vivier in the late 1980s ( both Vivier and Schwartz remained friends until his death ) Schwartz went on to work in Paris for such houses as Hermes, Balenciaga , Jitrois, Christain Lacroix, Gucci and in Italy in the Parabiago and Vigevano regions for such factories as Cleo Bottier and Roveda where Schwartz did private label designs for American stores Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman , Neiman Marcus and Saks.
With a design portfolio in hand Schwartz moved back to his native New York city where he contributed designs to Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein and in the mid 1990′s started to produce shoes under his own name 1995 – 2007 . Schwartz sold his namesake designs to private boutiques around the world as well as Nordstrom , Saks and Neiman Marcus. Schwartz also opened his own store on Spring Street in the SOHO section of New York for over 6 years where he debuted his designs and did private designs for the likes of Oprah, Catie Kouric , Madonna, Sharon Stone, Natasha Richardson and many more. Schwartz then pursued working behind the scene for more private clients and contributing his shoe designs to countless fashion houses and designers he still works in the Parabiago and Vigevano regions of Italy today 2014 on private label collections and contributing his designs to the runway shows in Paris and New York.