From Istituto Marangoni to Armani to Manolo Blahnik, designer Nicole Brundage brings a wealth of experience to the table for her innovative shoe label Acrobats of God. Elevating a functional fabric to high levels of luxury, Brundage exclusively employs elastic to construct the uppers of her heavenly footwear. Paired with unique wooden heels, these shoes strike a silhouette that is as sleek as it is adventurous.
Check out the stunning Spring/Summer collection, as well as my interview with Nicole!
What do your favorite flats look like?
Old sheepskin bedroom slippers, which I can't wait to slip on after a long day of wearing high heels.
Describe Acrobats of God in three words.
Snug stretchy encasings (for your feet).
What fictional character could you imagine pulling off a pair of AOG well?
Your unique color palette for the newest season of AOG is so special. What is the process for creating (or dying/sourcing) the elastic?
With Acrobats, I can be much freer. Given it's a genre all its own, it's easier for me to approach choosing colors and color combinations with a fresh, more intuitive mind. I like to use neutral tones to give them a classier feel, as well as bright colors to emphasize a playful character. And for my next spring/summer collection, I am customizing my own elastic for an entirely different effect than previous collections.
What is it about footwear that called your name?
It appealed to my hedonistic nature.
AOG style names seem to vary from Greek to Latin to French to descriptive words. How exactly do you determine them?
Usually the actual model inspires the name. 'Cadeau' because it has a big bow in the front like a present or 'Gabbia,' the Italian word for 'cage' because of its encaging features.
A girl can never go wrong wearinglipstick and snug stretchy encasings for her feet.
How much time to do you split between NYC and Italy?
NYC and Italy offer so many stimulations, but I also dedicate time to other countries, as well. Italy does seem to be my homebase, however, and I love it.
Lastly, graphic design nerds would love to know who designed your wonderful logo.
Acrobats derives from many inspirations, but the actual name was conceived with the idea of dancers with superhuman powers. With this in mind, the graphic artist of my agency found some images off the web and transformed them into these silhouetted dancers.