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Kenneth Cole on Kinky Boots

Kenneth Cole on Kinky Boots

By KENNETH COLE

JUL 26, 2013

"Although Alone We May Not Heel the World, We Hope to Be an Accessory"

As a young man, my father had a women’s shoe factory in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Kinky Boots story reminds me very much of my own. I founded my company 30 years ago—instead of paying for an expensive hotel room like everyone else to showcase my shoes, I pretended to shoot a movie, got a city permit to park a truck right outside the Hilton Hotel on 6th Avenue, and sold 40,000 pairs of shoes in three and a half days. Likewise, Kinky Boots proves the best solutions are often the most creative. And just like the show, we often use our fashion business platform to raise awareness for important social causes.

For this project, to help celebrate diversity and promote inclusion, we have collaborated to create a Kinky Boots-inspired footwear collection featuring three styles: knee-high boots in napa leather or leopard print, and a red patent leather peep-toe pump. We worked with Kinky Boots costume designer Gregg Barnes to create the red pump and it appears in the first act of the show. Since we want to encourage others to look good, do good, and feel good, 100% of net profits from the sale of the collection will be donated to AWEARNESS, The Kenneth Cole Foundation, in support of the Human Rights Campaign. To find out more about their mission, visit HRC.org.

-Kenneth Cole

For more information on Kenneth Cole, please visit www.kennethcole.com.

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