Nicholas Kirkwood decided to launch his own, eponymous brand in 2005. Technical innovation, together with an aesthetic boldness, dynamism, graphic edge and feminine sensibility, became the signatures of Nicholas Kirkwood’s output. Often experimenting with contrasts and tensions, tradition and tech, nature and artifice, fluid feminity and harder-edged masculinity, the designer’s shoes playfully subvert expectations and present a new kind of aesthetic luxury in footwear.