Sarah Jessica Parker launches shoe line at Nordstrom


LSarah Jessica Parker presents The SJP Collection in Salon Shoes at Nordstrom in The Grove on March 6, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
March 15

SEATTLE

She’s tiny. Can barely finish a plate of berries.

She’s left-handed. Says things like, “No. Way.” And to every person who approached her in the shoe department at a Nordstrom in downtown Seattle last week, she extended a hand.

“I’m Sarah Jessica,” she said. “Very nice to meet you.”

“Sex and the City” ended 10 years ago, but that does not matter to fans of the TV show and its star, Sarah Jessica Parker. They still watch in syndication and have flocked to two big-screen films.

And they lined up for hours this month to spend an average of $300 on a pair of shoes designed by Parker and Manolo Blahnik chief executive George Malkemus III.

“It was all about the single sole, and no platform, no heavy shoe,” said Malkemus, who is accompanying Parker on a tour of Nordstrom stores, the only retailer to carry the SJP Collection.

Parker has been approached by many designers about a shoe line over the years, but she always dreamed of working with Malkemus. Friends urged her to call him one afternoon last year.

“This is crazy,” she began their conversation.

“Be here tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.,” he told her.

“She was my dream,” Malkemus said of Parker’s request that he collaborate. “It was a perfect dream.”

After a year, the line was finished: 25 styles, all made in Italy, which start at $195 for the Billie suede flat and go to $485 for the Alison bootie. The line includes three handbags that cost from $245 to $375 and a “Manhattan” grosgrain-trim skirted trench coat in blue or beige, which costs $495.

Each shoe has a grosgrain ribbon up the back, a remembrance of the ribbons Parker used to wear in her hair — and iron — as a child.

Parker named all of the shoes for fashion icons, family members and friends.

Perhaps the most iconic is a T-strap heel called “Carrie,” which comes in black, but also purple and green — choices Parker has called “subversive.”

“We always thought that it was always going to be the shoe I loved the most,” Parker said in an interview at the store.

And is it?

“I don’t know if that’s the truth. I can’t compare them to my children (James Wilkie, 11; and twins Marion and Tabitha, 4). They would wring my neck if I compared the shoes to my children.

“It’s that feminine, ladylike thing, but there’s something kind of naughty and irrepressible and inappropriate,” she said of the shoe.

As for the legacy of the character it is named for, and “Sex and the City”?

“I don’t know what the legacy is. I think I am ill-equipped to answer that. That is one of the questions that I feel other people should answer.”

— Seattle Times

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