Nicholas Kirkwood is a shoe designer based in London who graduated with a degree in BA Fine Art from Central St. Martins before completing a course at Cordwainers. Kirkwood won the Condé Nast Footwear Emerging Talent of the Year award with his first collection in 2005 and has since carved a distinct signature style with his constant innovation of form and use of unconventional materials such as stingray, watersnake and python. Refusing to design flat-soled shoes, Kirkwood has caught the attention of Grace Jones and Cecilia Dean of Visionaire and has collaborated with designers such as Rodarte, Gareth Pugh and Chloé. His Spring/Summer 08 collection saw a collaboration with Swarovski and subsequently won him the Alta Roma Vogue Italia Award for accessories design. At the 2008 British Fashion Awards he was presented with the Swarovski Emerging Talent Award for accessory design. Nicholas Kirkwood’s shoes are sold worldwide and stockists include Liberty, Browns, Dover Street Market, Le Bon Marché and Seven New York.