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INTERVIEWS / March 17 2011 2:33 PM

INTERVIEW: Dana Davis, Revolutionary Footwear Designer

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Dana Davis was having trouble finding a shoe to suit her needs. Diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 7, she struggled with foot ailments related to the illness, forcing her to quit her teaching job, which required her to be on foot all day, after eight corrective surgeries. Not only was she fighting to find the types of shoes her doctors recommended, she was on a mission to find a sexy, aesthetically-pleasing design. That’s when she launched her business, a revolutionary footwear collection that melds luxury styling with invisible comfort technology. I got a chance to chat with Dana at her autumn/winter 2011 preview about developing the line, what inspires her and how women feel walking in her shoes.

INTERVIEW: Dana Davis, Revolutionary Footwear Designer

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INTERVIEWS / March 14 2011 2:27 PM

INTERVIEW: Katherine Virketiene, Owner of AvaMaria Boutique

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In a city with millions of people and endless shopping options, it’s difficult to find a retailer that has what you desire with personal customer service. Katherine Virketiene wanted to change that. The former professional ballroom dancer, designer and superstar retailer opened her boutique AvaMaria in the heart of SoHo and carries both emerging New York City-based designers and discounted luxury goods including Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo shoes. With the philosophy that we all want “limited production quantity, moderate prices, good quality and great style,” she provides her clients with only the very best products and customer service. I had a chance to stop by AvaMaria and chat with Katherine about her design past, retail ideas and what she looks for in independent designer lines.

INTERVIEW: Katherine Virketiene, Owner of AvaMaria Boutique

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