From humble cobbler to internationally renowned designer, Franco Sarto has come a long way since he began working at a shoe factory at the age of 14. His roots as a shoemaker in Dolo, Italy have given Sarto the technical background to create footwear that is lasting, wearable, and versatile. Recently, Sarto made an appearance at Nordstorm in the Westfield San Francisco Centre to promote his new self-titled spring collection. After meeting with devoted fans and handing out autographed sketches, Sarto (and his translator) sat down with us to talk about his methods, inspirations, and his appreciation of California wine.
Since his debut at New York Fashion Week in February 2009, Prabal Gurung has made quite a name for himself. Just ask his frequent patron first lady Michelle Obama. The on-fire designer recently made an appearance at San Francisco’s Neiman Marcus to showcase his Spring 2011 collection. Gurung sat down with us to talk about his designs, his friendship with Demi Moore, and his message to women everywhere.