For New York-born, Milan-based footwear designer Alexis Isabel, her guiding philosophy has always been to prioritize shoes as the centerpiece of any outfit.

Alexis was pursuing a degree in history at Sarah Lawrence College when she first began to nurture her interest in fashion accessories. It was there that she decided to follow her burgeoning passion for shoe design. After graduating, creative stints at Schwartz & Benjamin and Sigerson Morrison soon followed.

Wanting to hone her skills and the art of harmonizing form, function, and beauty, Isabel enrolled at Domus Academy in Milan. During her studies, she had the chance to work on several special projects, including a design challenge inspired by a visit to the archives of Gianfranco Ferré that won accolades from her instructors, as well as a mentorship project with the Italian footwear brand, Moreschi. Her designs from that project were ultimately featured in Vogue Italia. Isabel, accepting these early votes of confidence from the industry, formally launched her eponymous collection in 2015.

Produced in Italy by master artisans, the Alexis Isabel brand embodies integrity and quality. The designer imbues each shoe with femininity and soul. Having relocated to Milan to oversee production, she ensures that the utmost attention to detail is applied to every design. Both the mundane and the extraordinary serve as constant inspiration.

Isabel was featured as one of Footwear News’ emerging designers to watch, and is currently a CFDA + Elaine Gold Launch Pad participant.