Designer Chat: Abel Muoz by ProQuest


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Designer Chat:
Abel Muñoz
                   ABEL MUÑOZ, WHO hails from
                   Latin America, learned his craft
                   from an Italian modallista, and
                   has designed shoes in Argentina,
                   Brazil and Colombia, says he be-
                   lieves women around the globe
                   want alluring footwear. “A high
heel is very sexy,” he notes, explaining that sky-
high versions will always be part of his eponymous                       Clockwise from top left: Chocolate Blu ballet flat with bow; engineer boot by
footwear line. “In Costa Rica, mothers are running                   Franco Sarto; Marc Joseph New York pump; Contessa by Italian Shoemakers mule;
around with their children in their heels.”                                   cut-out bootie by Sergio Zelcer; hidden platform pump by Schutz.
   The designer got his start in fashion as an art
director for Canada’s FQ Magazine. That opportu-
nity led to the chance to study at the Arpel Insti-
tute of Shoe and Accessory Design in Milan, where
he ended up pursuing “the most complicated cat-
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egory.” But Muñoz (who says he’s always had a pas-
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sion for shoes and confesses his own closet is filled                                                              Fall ’10 styles.
with custom-made styles) was up for the challenge,
and in 2008 debuted his women’s collection with a
soft launch. “In the last few years, the industry has
gained more recognition, and
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