There's being on a roll, and then there's being Nicholas Kirkwood
. We're barely into 2013 and the British footwear designer has already launched his first men's collection
, been awarded the prestigious BFC/Vogue Fashion Fund prize
, and scored the title of Accessory Designer of the Year at this month's Elle
Style Awards. NBD.
Despite all this acclaim, the Central Saint Martins and Cordwainers alumnus was his usual humble self as he welcomed us into his Mount Street boutique
, where, one floor below the gleaming shelves stacked with those crazy covetable Kirkwood heels, sits his buzzing workspace. People, this is where the magic happens.
Adding that he'd soon like to extend the shop out the back to cater to more "couture" designs (um, yes, please!), Kirkwood showed off his studio space, where shoe boxes fill every nook and cranny and sketches and fabric swatches for his own collection and numerous collaborations line the walls. Somehow, we managed to stop drooling at the array of heels long enough to quiz the designer about his work M.O., inspirations for fall '13, and why Mount Street is totally blowing up right now.
Photographed by Mark Sanders