MARY AM& MARJAN MALAKPOUR
The sisters behind shoe brand NewbarK on fashion statements, whimsical pairings, and styling one of the greatest ad campaigns of all time.
What inspires the both of you? Marjan: Nature, architecture, people, and travel. Our mother
was our biggest inspiration when we grew up in Iran. Maryam: My daughter Sophie is my biggest inspiration. What do you first consider when designing shoes? When styling our clients, it was impossible to find flats that were fitting and comfortable to walk in. We then set out to
create perfect flats that are still incredibly stylish. Which NewbarK shoe can you not live without? We love our Beatrice wedge sandals. They’re made of luxurious materials such as kid suede and snake print embossed leather. We also add foam to make the straps puffy and soft.
They’re a dream to walk in! What is your defining moment in this industry? Marjan: Shooting the Marc Jacobs campaign with Cher and collaborating with him to style Cher for the Met Gala. Maryam: Styling a fashion shoot for CR Fashion Book.
The stylist turned shoe designer duo