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6 Emerging Footwear Design Talents

FN unveils the top new names to know in the high-end women's market.

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Inga Savits

Age: 38
Debut: Spring '12
Price: $400 to $800
Look: "Stylish and feminine without having to compromise on comfort and versatility."
Background: Savits studied fashion design in her native Estonia before embarking on a 15-year modeling career. She worked under Brian Atwood in his Milan studio before launching her eponymous line.
Signature: "Flats. But even if the model is simple, the color or the material should be interesting, so the shoe becomes the most important accessory."
Inspiration: "I was inspired by the perfect summer day: the sun, the sea, the refreshing [vacation] from the city. [I incorporated] pale yellow karung snakeskin [that looks] like the light at sunrise, washed denim like the shallow water, metallics and Swarovski embellishments recalling the light on the water's surface. The animal prints, which appear in every collection, pay homage to the wilderness in our hearts."
Collaborations: Alexis Mabille's ready-to-wear and couture runway collections for spring '12, fall '12 and spring '13
Home base: Milan
Up next: "Expanding my shoe collection and establishing my brand name in the market. And hopefully opening my flagship store in a year."
Retailers: Alexis Mabille, Paris; The Patron of the New, New York; Femininrascal.com; La Vetrina, Milan; M32, Belgium; Pez, Madrid

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