MARY AM& MAR­JAN MALAKPOUR

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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

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