While developing advertising and marketing strategies for many fashion brands, Silvia always appreciated shoes as sculptural objects with a distinct identity, feeling there was a need in the market for a modern interpretation of the mid-heel, a shoe height typically resonating with an older or conservative target. “I had a wonderful tutor at Parsons who taught me how to create a successful collection. I also spent a few years working with a bespoke shoe atelier in Brooklyn and our factory in Italy. It is essential to learn about all the technical ‘tricks’ of shoemaking and gain respect from artisans who have been cutting and sewing leather all their life”, she says.
This is perhaps why Silvia always finds in her native country, Italy, the inspiration and artisanal details to apply in each piece, made by three generations of expert shoemakers near Venice, in enriching contrast with the hectic lifestyle of her adoptive city, New York.