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You’ll Fall Head Over Heels for the Latest Schumacher Collab

Put your best patterned foot forward

May 13, 2021
Founded in 2015 by former Harvard classmates Alexa Buckley and Sarah Pierson, Margaux has quickly established itself as the direct-to-consumer brand for uber chic (but deceptively comfy) flats, sandals, and heels that segue easily from climbing up and down subway stairs to professional meetings and date nights to off-duty strolls around the neighborhood.
Margaux co-founders Sarah Pierson, left, and Alexa Buckley outside their Bleeker Street shop. Pierson has on The Sandal in Exotic Butterfly and Buckley is wearing The Pointe in Cassis Floral.Francesco Lagnese
Lifelong aesthetes and savvy entrepreneurs, the New York-based pair frequently tout fellow female business and creative gurus—dubbed “Gaux Girls”—on their blog, which is how they came to know Schumacher Creative Director Dara Caponigro. They were so blown away by her vision and the colorful history of the 130-year-old design house that they turned that conversation into a brand-new collaboration: Schumacher x Margaux.
Buckley and Pierson canvased the extensive Schumacher library, eventually whittling it down to five lively patterns that would be splashed across five different Margaux silhouettes that range from the classic ballet flat to an on-trend mule to a strappy Audrey Hepburn-inspired sandal.
“We were thinking about what could be evergreen in our customers’ closets,” notes Buckley of how they landed on their top picks—Campagne, Cassis Floral, Exotic Butterfly, Le Castellet and Cabanon Stripe. But, according to Pierson, they also took into account the modern woman’s latest desire for less pragmatism and more novelty when slipping on shoes—consider it a side effect of the pandemic. “People are getting dressed-up less, so when they do, they want something that feels special and brings a bit of fun to their routines—which is exactly what Schumacher does with its colorful prints and patterns.”
The shoe-designing duo were so head-over-heels with these prints and patterns that they also kitted out their cozy Bleeker Street shop with several Schumacher favorites, from the sumptuous raspberry-hued performance velvet on a pair of sleek slipper chairs to pillows made from Campagne and Cassis sprinkled throughout the intimate space. The pièce-de-résistence? An entire wall sheathed in the Rococo-inspired Madame de Pompadour by Miles Redd. “New York is so much a part of our story as a brand and our journey as entrepreneurs,” notes Pierson of their brick-and-mortar locale in the Big Apple. “We design with the idea that if you can’t put your shoes on, walk 20 blocks and then catch the subway, then we won’t make them.”