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Founded in 1953 in North Italy, Pollini started out solely focusing on footwear but soon gaining notoriety and branching out into bags and accessories. In the early 00s, a womenswear line designed by Rifat Ozbek – who won the accolade British Designer of the Year not once but twice in 1988 and 1992 – was introduced. He was succeeded by Jonathan Saunders for Pollini’s final few seasons before the house once again decided to focus exclusively on accessories. When, in 2008, Pollini launched a footwear line, Nicholas Kirkwood joined as designer, injecting the label with his love of textures like satin, stingray, python and rubber, and architectural structuring. Taking cues from the king of footwear photography, Pollini’s ad campaigns are tributes to the sleek work of Guy Bourdin, which compliments Kirkwood’s show stopping styles inspired by muses David Bowie and Grace Jones. Alicia Keys, Vanessa Hudgens and Lucy Liu have all been spotted in his designs for Pollini, proving that even though the house is 60, it’s looking good on it.



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