Real estate executive and fashion designer Ivanka Trump is in Washington to celebrate the launch of her new footwear collection at Nordstrom Tysons Corner. Thursday, Trump will meet customers at a free event showcasing her spring 2011 collection. Developed in conjunction with footwear designer Marc Fisher, Trump’s first shoe collection features over 140 styles ranging from sandals to bridal.
Trump is no stranger to design. Shoes are the logical next step for Trump’s lifestyle brand of accessories, which includes luxury handbags and Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry.
As for shoes, Trump is excited to launch a moderately priced line. “I thought there was a real spot in the marketplace for what I wanted to design, which is an affordable, high-style shoe,” said Trump. Her shoes range from $80 to $160 and are sold at select Nordstrom stores and online.
Trump has tested her business acumen in a variety of arenas; but in fashion, she chooses to forge partnerships with established designers when launching her lines. For her handbags, she partnered with Mondani. She also partnered with Dynamic Diamond Corp. to create her fine jewelry collection.
“I was very fortunate to partner with Marc Fisher because he really understands what goes into shoe construction,” said Trump. “There’s a tremendous amount of engineering involved in the process, and at lower price points, there isn’t always that level of craftsmanship.”
Trump is expecting her first child with husband Jared Kushner, yet she does not appear to be slowing down. She’s launching an outerwear collection in the fall.
Meet the designer Thursday, March 24, 12:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at Nordstrom Tysons Corner Center In Women’s Shoes; 8075 Tysons Corner Center, McLean, VA.