Exclusive: Matt Bernson reveals his new Spring/Summer '14 collection
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StyleList: What was your inspiration for this collection?
Matt Bernson: Every season we set out to make a collection that feels like the assortment you have to have living in Tribeca and enjoying the summer. I wanted to bring in some heavy elements and balance those with soft feminine details, also using revealing cutouts to add interest. As we have our store in Tribeca, the women who shop here regularly have become so influential. They are sophisticated, well traveled and pursue fashion and culture with such passion. That has become very inspirational and informative.
SL: What type of materials have you used in this collection?
MB: The richness and texture of materials is everything for me, it makes the shoe. We used soft napa and nubuck in light colors, mixed with soft metallics. There are also combinations of raffia and leather which I think adds an expensive feel. We came up with our own chevron pattern and used that to print and stamp on leather.
SL: What is the biggest trend you are seeing in footwear?
MB: The Spring bootie is already huge for us. We knew it would be big but have been blown away at the overwhelming response. A big trend is innovative outsoles mixed with classic detailing. It keeps the shoe wearable but adds interest and detail.
SL: What's your favorite shoe from the collection?
MB: The Harrison is my favorite because it has both strength and sexiness. How can you go wrong with that?