Footwear designer Jean-Michel Cazabat is launching his West Village store tonight on a soon-to-be Frenchified strip of Bleecker Street. (Womenswear labels Sandro and Maje are moving in a block away — flanking the Nars store — later this month.) Cazabat has been designing his line for over a decade, specializing in towering suede, leather, and exotic-skin heels in sculptural silhouettes and punchy colors. Though the shoes are stocked at Barneys and Saks Fifth Avenue, this marks Cazabat’s first stand-alone store in New York.
The décor is minimalist and modern, with shoes displayed in backlit cubes and cherry-red armchairs for trying on kicks. The fall/winter 2011 collection has several themes, from woven wool boots to Victorian ruffle-embellished pumps and seventies-inspired high-heeled loafers. Click ahead for a look at the selection.
Jean-Michel Cazabat, 350 Bleecker St., nr. Charles St.
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