Unpacking Pollini

Unpacking Pollini

Pollini may not be a shoe label with a widely known history or heritage but it does have one and atemporary exhibit entitled "Unpacking 60 Years of Pollini", which was feted today exploited all possible elements that would reveal this shoe and leather goods company's background.  What made it particularly interesting was to have the involvement of editor-in-chief of The Gentlewoman (haven't devoured the new issue yet but the cover is mighty enticing, no?) and creative digital producer Jane Audas (she has a very sweet blog about the subject of Shelf Appeal), as co-curators of the exhibition.  There was also striking graphic support from Veronica Ditting, who is responsible for the distinctive art direction of both The Gentlewoman and Fantastic Man.  All of those background forces combined with the ever-directional designs of Nicholas Kirkwood, who has been creative director of Pollini since 2010, made for a satisfying and fun way of exploring Pollini's history.  

A ramshackle pile of shoe boxes sat in the middle of the room with archive pairs of Pollini shoes popping up from past decades and you immediately notice that they mostly display practical and chunky heels as Pollini catered to the "modern" woman.  These were shoes made for walking.  That "sturdiness" is something that Kirkwood has definitely drawn from for his current designs.  At the bottom of the shoe box pile was the current A/W 13-4 collection, which immediately gets my vote for its mix of textures, colours and most importantly heel shapes, which I know can pound the pavement properly.  

In a special reinvention project, Kirkwood took the original 1977 Pollini "Cavaliere" boot and reinterpreted them for six of his ideal Pollini icons – Monica Vitti, Grace Jones, David Bowie, Ellen von Unwerth, Patty Hearst and Lena Dunham.  No doubt, Dunham's character in Girls would approve of the "wrong" deliberate clash of prints on the boots because she dares to go braless with a yellow string vest.

Upstairs, you could get some vivid neon orange and Yves Klein blue nail wraps done as well as get in on the "Pollini Social Club" action by getting your Polaroid snapped with a pair of Pollini's on.  Naturally I went for the pair of flatform sandals with the flashes of braided neon.  Few shoe brand birthdays get this many facets to its party so for that, I commend Martin, Audas and the Pollini team for squeezing as much out of its 60 year history as possible.  








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  1. milex

    2013-02-24 at 3:16 AM

    I don’t like anything I see in this post and I can’t believe myself.

  2. Lexy

    2013-02-24 at 3:16 AM

    Wowww this just looks so cool! I love the design of the layout.
    xoxo Lexy

  3. whitney and jennifer

    2013-02-24 at 4:00 AM

    Shoe heaven!! very artistic, I love this.
    Check out our blog if you like 🙂

  4. Stacey Kelly

    2013-02-24 at 4:44 AM

    i’m not a fan of all of them, but some of the boots and heals are really awesome.

  5. Susann Akers

    2013-02-24 at 10:32 AM

    Now that’s what Im talking about ! Designs you will never see anywhere else. Styles that are different and yet anyone in the world ( with enough money ) can wear them. Not all of them are my thing but then just because they are not my taste doesn’t mean that that I dont apreciate them and people and the company behind them. You could have a diving board above that shoe mountain picture I will pick put the ones I like – the opentoe ankle boots in the silver and red

  6. The Provoker

    2013-02-24 at 10:52 AM

    I lurve me a gooooood chunky sole, and wow-zers to that mountain of shoes! The clashy details makes it fun to rummagae these pieces, like clicking on a randomization button on each shoes, fun!
    xx The Provoker

  7. Anne L

    2013-02-24 at 2:00 PM

    I’m completely in love with the shoes on picture 22.(IMG_3036) The leather boots with a super cool heel. Do you know when and where I can buy them? I live in Denmark, so I don’t know if they have a store here somewhere….

  8. Kate Brown

    2013-02-24 at 4:05 PM

    Love lots of these shoes. Whether I would wear them is another question but they are so gorgeous to look at 🙂


    2013-02-24 at 7:41 PM

    I love, I am a fan. Gorgeous.
    Love, unicorns and glitter on you. <3

  10. fashionandstylepolice

    2013-02-24 at 9:30 PM

    Lovely shoes. Nice.

  11. Shelf Appeal

    2013-02-24 at 11:51 PM

    So glad and flattered you like the Pollini exhibit. What a great post and images.
    And thanks for the mention of my blog, too!

  12. Lauren

    2013-02-25 at 8:41 AM

    I love these shoes!! Espcially the quilted peep toe booties! You always find the best of the best in all your travels!
    -Lauren at adorn la femme

  13. Anna

    2013-02-25 at 11:51 AM

    Really innovative way of showcasing such wonderful pairs. Love them all.

  14. paula

    2013-02-25 at 12:12 PM

    wow I love the grey ones with zippers !!! 😉

  15. Morenike

    2013-02-28 at 8:28 AM

    Aaaaaaaaaaaah beautiful shoes!

  16. Susan Graves

    2013-03-19 at 10:44 AM

    I’m in love with those shoes.Just amazing!
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