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GET TO KNOW CREATIVE DIRECTOR OF LISA FOR DONALD J PLINER SHOES How did you get started in the fashion industry? I grew up in the fashion industry with my mother being a designer, so I guess it's in my blood. How would you describe your collection of footwear? My footwear is sexy, but comfortable. As a woman who raises a family, works on the road and still wants to be sexy and comfortable, I created everything I would want in a shoe. What inspires you while designing your collection? Beauty, nature and color. I look at my surroundings all the time to find inspiration. How did you develop your signature green sole? My husband Donald and I met on a blind date and he fell in love with my green eyes. So, I combined what he taught me about making shoes and what he fell in love with—it's our two soles together. Where can we purchase your brand? You can find my brand at Donald Pliner stores and What do you feel is most important to consider boutiques. The collection is also available for purchase when a customer is choosing a shoe? on www.donaldjpliner.com. Comfort is most important. The customer should be able to walk in the shoe, no matter the height. Describe the type of woman you design for? I don't really design for a particular age. I try to incor- porate something for every age group. How does it feel to see a woman wearing your shoes? It's an amazing compliment that they understand my sense of style and comfort. What is your favorite trend in fashion at the moment? Color! What is the best advice you have ever received? Stick to your gut feeling. Anything else you would like to share? What I have learned as a designer is that I married a designer who is the best teacher. I was able to take my personal understanding of what women want and design a shoe that meets the needs of women today by adding my own little details that make the shoe so special. 38 S E P T E M B E R / O C T O B E R 2012 S O U T H F L O R I D A L U X U R Y G U I D E . C O M


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