12.16.2013

L'Amore Michael Grey

I can only recall a few serendipitous encounters I've had in my life, and one of them was meeting the charming Michael Mack in Williamsburg, New York. A designer, shoe craftsman and philanthropist, Michael is the hands and heart behind the company, Michael Grey Footweara line of handmade shoes for both men and women. I was fortunate enough to collaborate with Michael and create an outfit perfect for his L'Amore court shoes. Keep reading for a behind-the-scenes look into the whimsical world of Michael Grey.

(L'Amore pumps, courtesy of Michael Grey- available here; Uniqlo turtleneck, pants; Michael Kors bag; Prada sunglasses, available here; Marc Jacobs jacket)

I am coveting the patent L'Amore court pumps. The sleek silhouette and subtle details in the stripes (evocative of his barbershop inspiration), coupled with a slender metallic heel makes it the perfect pump to transition from day to evening. In addition to the aesthetic perfection, the handmade craftsmanship behind the pump is apparent in the comfortable foot bed and lightweight construction. Michael Grey captures the best of vintage craft and fashion footwear design, which is why I'm a fan of his brand and know you will be too.

When did you first discover your passion for footwear design?

I discovered my passion for design when I was really youngmaybe eight or nine. I can remember being obsessed with shoes. I would draw them all the time and make small shoes out of modeling clay and bake them in the oven so I could build a collection of my creations.

What is the story behind your Fall/Winter 2013-14 collection?

The inspiration for my collections as a whole comes from the vintage barbershop setting. I grew up in a similar setting, and when I started doing my thesis research, I felt intrigued by the intricacies of the craft. A lot of my inspiration comes from their sense of style, their precision, and the tools they used.

If you could describe three defining features of Michael Grey Footwear, what would they be?

The core of Michael Grey Footwear is comprised of three personalities: the barber, the surgeon, and the architect. The barber conveys my aesthetic, my sense of style. And a little known factin the early days of barbershops, the barber was also the town surgeon. I often look to the surgeon personality in the cutting of patterns, and the way each piece is assembled. Lastly I draw inspiration from the architect because I studied architecture during my first year of college and find that I still use those technical skills when working and sketching my footwear.

Do you find it difficult to design footwear for both women and men? 

I can actually say I really enjoy designing both men and women's footwear, and don't find it difficult at all. I appreciate the challenge of understanding both sexes and what they want in their footwear. Getting inside the minds of each of our customers and identifying with them is key. 

Tell us about your Knowledge for Souls program, and how it's a movement that makes a global impact.

This is a part of the brand that I'm really excited about. Knowledge for Souls is an organization that teaches volunteers the craft of making basic footwear from mostly found materials. The KFS volunteer group will then accompany me in the mission field to impoverished communities and countries, and teach the valuable skill of shoe-making to people who live in that area. I want to give them skills that they can use for life, and also teach others. I believe there is a huge need for more of this kind of movement, especially in the fashion world.

What do you envision for Michael Grey Footwear in the future?

That is an interesting question that I haven't given much thought to at this point. Ideally in the future I would love to grow the brand worldwide and have Michael Grey Footwear carried in major department stores and high end boutiques across the globe. Further than that I would love to have our own brick and mortar storesand the first one would definitely have to be in New York!

I hope you enjoyed learning about Michael Grey Footwear, and I encourage everyone to explore his collection. Thank you so much for reading! 

73 comments:

  1. What a great outfit! I just love those pants.
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  2. You are looking gorgeous! I love the jacket and pants on you, so chic.

    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

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  3. You look so chic ! I love your pictures !
    Sara,
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  4. wow you look gorgeous, stylish and so chic. I love the jacket, the detailing is beautiful. I am totally loving the shoes. They are perfect. I really want shoes with a silver heel like that.

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  5. What a great interview and a fantastic opportunity! Those heels are killer :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  6. Oh wow, what a chic look! Those pumps are just stunning <3

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  7. Love those shoes, so classy! XO

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  8. The leather leggings look fabulous on you! Love the classic and very elegant jacket, the entire outfit exudes class!

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  9. Beautiful :)

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  10. In love with your pants. :)

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  11. wwwoooah!!! i love your pants..

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  12. Great photos! I'm impressed that he says it's not difficult for him to to design shoes >< I would like to invite you to join my giveaway to win a $100 shopping spree at Jollychic.com :)
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  13. That jacket and those shoes are simply stunning! Gorgeous photos!
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  14. I didn't know about his shoes before but after reading this interview and seeing your elegant pumps I can say those things look wonderful, even flawless :) and how spectacular is your jacket?! wow! you know, it would be super awesome to see your wardrobe one day, if you can/want to make that post. or at least some details or corners from there. think about it :)

    Maiken,
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  15. Hi Sweety JESS !! WOW i'm so happy for you, and a little bit envious ( but in a good way :P ) of you beacuse you have meet Michael, but thanks a lot for this interview, handemade shoes are amazing, a little jewellry that will last a lot!!! And your pair are very gorgeous and feminine!!
    Have a good day :)
    kISS clo

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  16. you look amazing, dear! love the combination <3

    please visit my blog) maybe follow? just let me know)
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    keep in touch, xoxo
    love, Yulia

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  17. wow amazing look! i love the pants !!!
    Maybe we follow each other! ?
    If yes , let me know when you follow me & i´ll follow back :)

    Greetings

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  18. hi dear!!! thanks for your comment, of course i want to follow each other, im waiting on my blog, when you follow me let me know and i follow you back ;)

    your outfit is really lovely!!! i want your jacket!!!! ^.^
    kisses

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  19. Beautiful jacket, shoes and pants ! Amazing look !
    Thank you for comment and visit on my blog :-)
    I follow you :-) Did you want to follow me ?

    Kisses:-*

    Magda

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  20. Amazing look, classy combo, modern styled!
    xo

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  21. I am seriously IN LOVE with your jacket

    xox,
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  22. This is such a great outfit! I really love those pants!!
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  23. lovely outfit!!!! Of course we can follow each other^^ now I'm following you please follow me back!



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    E su facebook…

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  24. I am obsessed with your style! I love everything about this outfit! Thank you for stopping by my blog blog! I followed you, hope you follow back :) Also, I have a giveaway on my blog right now if you would like to check that out :)

    xoxo,
    Olivia Yuen
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  25. Loving your pants! It is so hard to find a pair of leather pants that fit so well! Your style is amazing dear.


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    Xo, Amanda
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  26. What a great look dear! Cool shades! Xo

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  27. Love that jacket! The outfit is supercute
    I just followed you, now its your turn
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  28. Jessica this look is perfection, and your pictures are beautiful!
    I would love to follow eachother, let me know when you do and I will return the favor!

    xoxo, KP
    Eleventh & Sixteenth

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  29. Thanks kindly for stopping by, hope your week is going well!

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  30. You look amazing! Love the jacket and those shoes are amazing!! Thanks for stopping buy! Now following you hope you'll follow back!

    <3 Shannon
    upbeatsoles.blogspot.com

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  31. great post!

    I have an ongoing giveaway on my blog, please join! :) xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.blogspot.com)

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  32. I LOVE those shoes - and those pants look great on you!

    Corinne x
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  33. wow wow wow what a fabulous and chic look! you look absolutely stunning :)

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  34. Hi dear ,great blog ,I follow u =)
    Check out my blog ,there is a big giveaway =)
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  35. Super chic look, love it from head to toe, the shoes and MK bag are real stunners !
    I would like to invite you to please participate in two International Giveaways on my Blog from JollyChic & Dressale !

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  36. Wow- what a chic outfit! Head over heels for that jacket and those heels! Michael is soo talented and lucky you to meet a shoe designer!! Great interview~ Would you like to follow each other? :) following now via gfc! xx

    -Nikkie
    Chic Nikkie
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  37. wow the jacket is a must have thing in my wishlist!
    all together looks stylish
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  38. You look stunning and I am in love with this outfit!! Thanks for your lovely comment on my blog :) yes sure would love to follow each other. Followed via GFC. Keep in touch xxx

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  39. Great interview!
    I love your style so much! :) Followed!
    x
    Alona

    stylewanders.blogspot.com

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  40. Your classy outfit looks fabulous and those heels are definitely to die for! You look stunning, girl! Williamsburg is the coolest place in NYC, glad you met this hipster there ;-) Love the quality of your photos. Thanks for your lovely comment and merry Christmas! xoxo
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  41. This look is so classy yet so powerful! Love it!

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  43. Great blog!! Merry Christmas!!
    Can we follow each other on gfc and bloglovin?

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  44. Wow what a body! You look gorgeous and your outfit is so chic!

    xo
    Rachel

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  45. great pants; it looks so good on you.
    can we follow each other on GFC? pls let me know and I will follow you right back! thanks
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  46. Absolutely adore this outfit, classic and chic! Thanks for stopping by my blog, followed!

    Yolennie
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  47. Nobody can pull off those pants better than you... and maybe catwoman! Haha

    You look stunning and love the jacket :)

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    1. Thanks Annie! Your comment also gave me a good laugh :) Happy 2014 xoxo

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  48. Sweet Blog site. I dig the blog:)



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  49. Wow. Cool Outfit and nice blog!

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  50. Hello dear! Nice blog. I find you post very interesting)

    Lets follow each other on GFC?)

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    kisses

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  51. Hi Jesssss!!! Loving your pants in this - it really shows off your shape and legs! <3
    MERRY CHRISTMAS darling and looking forward to your next post!!

    xoxo, Mango ❤
    MangoRabbitRabbit's Blog | Christmas Outfit:Date Night!

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  52. Very classy outfit! I love the sunglasses

    Tallia
    trendinginfashion.blogspot.com

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  53. You look stunning! I love the jacket and the shoes are to die for. You're really fortunate to be able to collaborate with such an artist. :)

    Jenn
    The Pink Lemonade Girl

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  54. The pants are so cool! and those shoes omg *.* love it
    Happy New Year dear!

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  55. Happy New Year dear! You look so fabulous in this outfit and your body is amazing for those pants!
    xx Easy Outfits, by Pip

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  56. Of course! Just followed you on GFC, now it is your turn!xx I wish you a lot of success! xx

    If you want to follow each other on FB and Bloglovin as well, just do it and I will follow right back!
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  57. Thanks for visiting my blog. Looking forward to following each other in the new year. Love your outfit.

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  58. Girl, you look hot! I mean those pants... I need a pair! I love the leather trend right now!

    Petra <3

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  59. SUPER STYLISH and I am in love with that jacket. Love love love!!

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  60. You look FABULOUS!
    Love the jacket-fierce!

    XX,
    Whitney
    The Retail Therapist

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  61. Love love love the jacket!
    Do you want to follow each other on bloglovin?

    xxJess
    www.howjesswoulddress.blogspot.ca

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  62. Gorgeous!! that jacket is stunning. What an amazing backdrop for these photos. The whole thing is so eyecatching!
    XO,Gina
    http://classyeverafter.blogspot.com

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  63. Another perfect outfit! That jacket is one of those eternal and timeless pieces, love it.

    <3
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  64. Love this trendy chic look! :)

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