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Chie Mihara | Women Making Fashion History

Women Making Fashion History
Chie’s goal by designing footwear is to create styles that are feminine, fun, and truly comfortable. Every Chie Mihara shoe features an anatomical footbed designed specifically to accommodate a woman’s foot. She draws on facets of her multicultural background when creating her collections: Brasil shows the feminine side; Japan influences her design techniques; the U.S. contributes practicality and comfort; and Spain is the source for high quality shoemaking. Chie wants women to visually and emotionally connect to her shoes, while she takes care of the practical side, paying careful attention to comfort and craftsmanship.

Chie Mihara launched her shoe line in Elda, Spain, in January 2002 in order to offer women something different, footwear designed by a woman for women, with a priority placed on style and comfort. “We should have shoes that match our needs. We want to look feminine, beautiful, attractive but without giving up comfort”.

Her source of inspiration is her own ”idea bursting exercises” through which she creates her design with no past references. She also gets inspired by her favorite decades in fashion, such as the 40 ́s and 80 ́s, but giving her own twist for the modern woman. Her distinctive footwear quickly gained a following devoted to Chie's unique approach to comfort and style.

Nowadays, Chie Mihara has over 800 clients worldwide, including luxury department stores, the most avant-garde concept stores along with top fashion and shoes retailers.
In honor of Women's History Month we are featuring some of the talented female designers carried at gravitypope. For 26 years gravitypope has sold product designed by women with a strong identity and unique outlook on fashion. Today we interview designer and founder Chie Mihara.

What was the inspiration for your Spring 17 collection?
The idea behind the collection was very clear! CELEBRATE FEMININITY!!
From this point on everything was designed with softness, playfulness and sensuality.

Details like frills, flowers and sensual T straps mixed with squared heels has as a result an interesting modern view on femininity.

The colors are delicate, smoky pastel tones, metallics and prints, round up perfectly with this message! CELEBRATE THE WOMAN THAT IS INSIDE of YOU!
What is your favorite fabric to work with?
Always a soft leather!

What is your favorite color?
Navy
If you weren't designing clothing, what would you be doing?
Maybe designing furniture or doing interior design.

What’s your go-to outfit for a dinner party?
A easy cropped slim pants with a light jacket and a colorful or shinny top, with Chie high heels!!!

Describe your everyday style.
Easy, masculine, casual but with edge.
Any tips for aspiring designers?
Always create something of your own, print your soul to whatever you do, despite the exigencies of the market. 
Favorite piece available at gravitypope from your Spring collection?
Aubo style! In black or soft tan leather… feminine and comfortable!


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