Five Minutes with Nicholas Kirkwood

There’s a lot to look forward to when it comes to London’s most exciting footwear designer, the charming Nicholas Kirkwood. Not only is Kirkwood once again creating runway shoes for Rodarte, Erdem and Peter...


Congratulations on opening your first boutique! Tell us about the store. Where in London will it be located? Thank you. I am really excited, but equally nervous as it is a big step for me to open my own shop. The store will be located at 5 Mount Street in Mayfair, London, and I was really lucky to get such a great location. Since I can’t have a fashion show every season as a shoe designer, this is one opportunity for me to show my collection to my customers in an environment that I designed specifically for it, something that conveys my brand. The design of the shop is striking, and has a number of feature elements and everything has been custom built, including the flooring which I have worked with the artist Richard Woods to execute. The look will be sharp and considered, but also abstract, and I ultimately want it to be comfortable and inviting. I’ve worked with a fine art lighting designer, as I think that the lighting, especially for shoes, is extremely important.