Stuart Weitzman’s bridal swan song

The luxury designer relaunches his bridal collection as he says farewell to shoe biz.

The bride-to-be may have another reason to say “I do” this season.

And she can thank Stuart Weitzman for that.

As he prepares to step down from creative director and executive chairman to non-executive chairman – having sold the company to Coach in 2015 for $574 million — the luxury designer recently relaunched the eponymous brand’s bridal collection at stores nationwide, including its Greenwich Avenue boutique. The line, which includes the brand’s iconic, minimalist, silhouette sandal using luxe materials, is a blend of the traditional and the contemporary, reflecting the modern bride.

“Today, bridal styles can range from traditional to avant-garde and wedding locations span from beaches to vineyards,” says Weitzman, a Greenwich resident. “Our collection satisfies today’s lifestyle.” 

Weitzman purposely selected a monochromatic color scheme, which is offset by custom embellishments, to express the bride’s unique personality. 

“The aisle is the bride’s runway,” he adds. “This is the bride’s Cinderella moment. I want to help create a fairy-tale experience for her when she tries on her wedding shoes for the first time.”

Each shoe draws on the brand’s signature styles, updated for bridal appeal. The Nudist sandal, a simply sexy complement to any outfit – and a fashion staple – is available in three heel heights and in materials such as white satin, argento noir, platinum, rose gold and patent leather. The NearlyNude, a sandal inspired by the Nudist, is available in white or blue leather with a glittery Swarovski-crystal block heel. The NudistSong sandal, a single-sole stiletto shoe and sister spinoff of the Nudist, is available in glass microfiber for a shimmering beige finish reminiscent of rose gold, one of the season’s hottest colors. For beach-bound brides, there’s the Tweety sandal, available in white leather and featuring Swarovski crystal-encrusted details with a half-inch heel, perfect for a post-wedding walk on the beach. The four styles retail at $398 each.

If the bride-to-be is seeking more glitz and glam, she can coat her shoes in crystals. The Pavé Collection allows brides to customize their Nudist or NearlyNude shoes with clear, chalk-white or light blue sapphire Swarovski crystals, $2,300 and $2,200 respectively.

But customization doesn’t end there. Brides can also inscribe a date, quote or memorable note on the sock lining of their shoes. And suddenly, the accessory becomes a keepsake.

This option was inspired by Weitzman’s own experience of proposing to his wife of more than 50 years, Jane Gershon – one he shared with us in our October 2013 cover story. Kneeling on one knee, Weitzman presented his bride-to-be with a pair of lace, white shoes, rather than a ring. The lining of those life-changing pumps contained the phrase “Made expressly for the future Mrs. Weitzman.” She later wore them for her wedding and has kept the shoes to this day.

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