Stuart Weitzman has kept shoe-lovers on their toes for the past 50 years.
But next month, he’ll be untying his own as creative director.
The beloved founder of the eponymous, Manhattan-based brand known for its classic styles began orchestrating this change more than two years ago, when he sold Stuart Weitzman to Coach for a reported $574 million. On May 5, he’ll be replaced as creative director by Giovanni Morelli, who was most recently the leather goods design director at LVMH-owned Loewe. Weitzman will remain in the role of executive chairman through May 4, after which he will serve as non-executive chairman through May 4, 2018, when he will become chairman emeritus.
We’ve had the pleasure of encountering Weitzman – who’s also a Greenwich resident – on many occasions. In our October 2013 “Extremities” issue, WAG profiled him on the cover. We’ve also covered the brand’s limited edition NearlyNude sandal in dandelion suede, a philanthropic initiative to benefit Pencils of Promise, a nonprofit organization; Weitzman’s winning of The Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012; and, of course, his many uncompromisingly fabulous collections over the years – which include the new bridal collection, featured in May WAG.
It’s no secret that we’ve all flirted with Stuart over the years, whether in our personal style or on our wish lists. Just the other night at the terrific party for the Mary Jane Denzer relaunch, a doctor complimented us on our midnight-blue suede peep-toe Stuarts.
We’re looking forward to more marvelous footwear. But one thing’s absolutely certain – Coach has big shoes to fill.
For more, visit stuartweitzman.com. – Danielle Renda