From Homer’s classical poetry to Winslow Homer’s modernist paintings, the sea has been a muse for artists throughout history. Now, fine art student turned shoemaker Deborah Lyons joins this legacy of aquatic artistry with a line of footwear that draws upon oceanic inspiration.
The savvy twenty-five-year old designer’s debut footwear collection, Mechante, mixes exotics, patents, moiré silks, grosgrains and suedes, all of which are soaked in the blues, greens and whites inspired by the Aegean Sea. The result is a decidedly strong, sculptural take on platforms, Grecian sandals and pumps.
Handmade in Venice, the line’s heels are custom made to evoke a feminine warrior with a twist. While special attention is given to comfort through cut, padding in both the heel and toe as well as strategically designed heel heights, the shoes also combine rough-hewn metallic python with a soft hand for maximum feminine impact. To top it all off, Lyons’ signature gold triangle etched on each model adds another delicious layer of luxury.
The line has been picked up by Harrods in London, Edon Manor in New York, Zai in Qatar and Sophies in Beirut, all at a competitive $450 -850 price point. The designs have already been worn by fans such as Elle McPherson and Maria Sharapova, but we look forward to seeing more Mechante on discerning footwear fanatics across the globe.