With more than 15 years of experience designing for international women’s fashion brands, award-winning footwear designer Monika Kusinska-Paez recently launched Autograf New York—the exclusive online U.S. retailer of the Italian shoe brand, APIA.
Autograf New York’s debut micro-collection includes a selection of handcrafted, timeless styles, including: classic ballerina flats, ankle booties, smoking slippers and equestrian riding boots. The collection, designed by Kusinska-Paez in partnership with APIA, features only the highest quality leather, as well as hand-cut and hand-stitched shoes.
Kusinska-Paez started her career in footwear design at Ann Taylor in 2004, helped launch a women’s shoe line for Fossil in 2008, designed authentic western boots for Lucchese, and most recently was a line builder and senior designer for Camuto Group.
She was driven to bring the luxury of handcrafted Italian shoes stateside through her personal endeavor to find well-made, stylish shoes in extended sizes in the U.S.
“It’s rare to be a footwear designer who struggles to find shoes that fit,” said Kusinska-Paez. “My experiences as a designer—and as a consumer with size 12 feet—have made me an expert on not only style, but also comfort and fit.”
Autograf New York carries a range of sizes, including hard-to-find petite and extended sizes (4, 11-13), and retail prices range from $295 to $695.
“The purpose of Autograf New York is to provide signature style for everyone,” said Kusinska-Paez. “Every woman should have classic staples in her closet, that are not only well-made and comfortable, but effortlessly chic season after season.”
Kusinska-Paez, who was born and raised in Poland, graduated with honors from the fashion design program at London’s Middlesex University in 1998, and was awarded first prize at BHS Graduate Fashion Week for her women’s collection. In 2000, she attendedParsons School of Design with a concentration on footwear, before delving into her successful shoe design career.
Autograf New York’s debut micro-collection is available online now; the boutique will expand its offerings of individually selected, handcrafted styles each season.
For more information, please visit www.autografnewyork.com.
ABOUT AUTOGRAF NEW YORK
Autograf New York is a collection of high-quality leather shoes, designed by Monika Kusinska-Paez in partnership with Italian shoe brandAPIA. As the exclusive U.S. retailer of APIA shoes, Autograf New York features “signature style for everyone” with a wide range of sizes, including hard-to-find petite and extended sizes. Focusing on high-quality shoes, Autograf New York carries classic styles with improved fit for a comfortable, yet effortlessly chic look season after season.