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Kristen Lee/The Reform Party Shoes
by Ami Kealoha
on 15 October 2007

by Loryn Hatch

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Constructing shoes is no easy feat. As designer Kristen Lee explains, "They're the only piece of fashion that you actually walk in—they have to perform." Lee launched her women's modern-by-way-of-slightly vintage line as an answer to all the "shoes out there being designed by men for this idea of a sexy woman," she says. "I wanted to make feminine shoes with an edge by a woman for a woman." This fall, that translates to brightly hued and sometimes subdued suede, leather, reptile, and fabric platforms, heels, and flats that balance the quirky and the sophisticated.

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Lee has also recently introduced a men's line called The Reform Party. Keeping things sans fuss, Lee designed three variations on the classic loafer, giving each style a distinct persona and matching attache. "It's very small and experimental with a classic, uniform-style," she says, adding that "men's fashion has really been revitalized in the past couple of years by brands like Trovata, Thom Browne, and Steven Alan, and I think the men's accessories market needs to catch up." Read more…

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