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ANYI'S PICKS: RESORT 2015

BRIGITTE IN OCEAN PITONE

    1. ALTUZARRA Faux fur jacket
    2. ANYI LU Brigitte in ocean pitone
    3. BURBERRY Lip mist in oxblood
    4. ALAIA Teardrop metallic leather clutch
    5. HELMUT LANG Sonar Jersey Dress
    6. FERNANDO JORGE 18-karat rose gold, diamond and lapis lazuli earrings

 

GIGI IN CORAL PATENT

    1. ISABEL MARANT Nadela wool blazer
    2. RAG & BONE The Jackson V slub cotton-jersey T-shirt
    3. IPPOLITA Small Baguette 18-karat gold multi-stone necklace
    4. KORAL Lived in 8 months cigarette skinny jeans
    5. KEVYN AUCOIN The Matte Lip Color - Timeless
    6. VICTORIA BECKHAM Round-frame gold-plated mirrored sunglasses
    7. VALENTINO Rockstud and bead-embellished leather clutch

 

DELIA IN AQUA PITONE

    1. BURBERRY Mid-length cotton garbardine trench coat
    2. GUCCI Jackie soft medium textured-leather tote
    3. HELMUT LANG Angora blend turtleneck sweater
    4. ALEXANDER MCQUEEN Cropped crepe straight-leg pants
    5. THIERRY LASRY Square-frame acetate and metal sunglasses
    6. JEMMA WYNNE 18-karat gold diamond bangle
    7. ANYI LU Delia in aqua pitone
    8. JENNIFER FISHER Large knot gold-plated earrings
    9. LARSSON & JENNINGS Liten small gold-plated watch 

ANYI'S TIPS: FALL STYLE TRENDS

Fall style for women is all about embracing the new with confidence and grace. Nofashionista wants to be late on the freshest trends of the season. Incorporating warmcolors, patterns and fabrics on your feet is a great way to get inspiration for your entireoutfit, keeping in mind that fashion can also include function. 

  1. Thick Strappy Sandals – Slowly say goodbye to the super thin strappy sandals of summer with a great transition shoe that keeps the popular style alive for a just a few months more before winter hits. Pair these thick strappy sandals with your dresses, jeans and trousers.The full heel and supportive straps allow for a confident feminine look.
  2. Oxfords – Schedules are becoming crazy this time of year as thesummer winds down and we creep closer and closer to the holidays.Oxfords are essential for any women on the go. The comfort andversatility that they offer is unbeatable. Throw this style on with jeansfor a casual chic look, effortless weekend style or understated work ensemble. 
  3. Slingbacks – Take advantage of the beautiful weather before its timeto bundle-up by incorporating slingback pumps into your everydayoutfit. Dresses, ankle jeans and trousers are perfect wardrobe optionsto compliment such a classic shoe style. 

 

Look 1: 

Dress/Donna Ricco – Cable Knit A-Line Sweater Dress

Cardigan/Vintage

Hats/Goorin Bros. – similar here

Bracelets/Vintage

Purse/Pulicati – Leather Green Satchel

Shoes/ANYI LU – The Athena in Black Suede

 

Look 2: 

Pants/J.Crew – The Dannie Pant in Dark Loden

Top/J.Crew – Shirttail Sweater in Electric Red

Bracelets/Vintage

Sunglasses/Ray-Ban – Clubmaster

Shoes/ANYI LU – The Charlie in Black Patent/ Graphite Patent

 

Look 3: 

Skirt/J.Crew – Zip-Pocket Mini in black

Top/J.Crew – Mixed-Media Sweater in Vintage Cabernet

Purse/Tory Burch – Similar here

Sunglasses/MICHAEL Michael Kors – Retro Sunglasses

Watch/Michael Kors – ‘Slim Runway’ Bracelet Watch

Shoes/ANYI LU – The Toni in Black Patent

 

ANYI'S TIPS: SUMMER TO FALL TRANSITION

With the cooler temperatures approaching, women feel forced to pack away their summer favorites and move on to a wardrobe more suitable for fall. But, the end of summer doesn’t have to mean giving up on your favorite warm weather styles just yet. Transition your closet slowly with these easy tips and suggestions from ANYI LU’s Fall/Winter 2014 Collection. With the right choice in footwear and a few warm accessories, you can extend the use of your summer outfits with ease.

    1. Dress-ing UpAn excellent way to keep your favorite sundresses in your wardrobe rotation is to add a great pair of boots to the look. Not only will this style add an edgy element to a girly classic, but it will keep you warm while you maximize the use out of  your summer staples.
    2. Beach Style Gone Fall–For the girl who isn’t ready to give up her distressed summer boyfriend jeans, you’re in luck. Trade in your summer sandals for an ankle boot to keep these jeans in rotation throughout fall. Add an edgy jacket or trendy hat to complete thelook.

Repurposing summer styles with great shoes is the simplest and most sensible way to transition into fall. 

Look 1: 

Dress/Merona – Denim Shirt Dress

Watch/Michael Kors – Slim Runway’ Bracelet Watch

Hat/Goorin Bros. – Red Ricci in Charcoal

Sunglasses/Ray-Ban – Aviators 

Shoes/ANYI LU – The Adrian in Graphite Shimmer Suede

 

Look 2: 

Jeans/Treasure&Bond – Boyfriend Jeans

Cami/J.Crew – Silk Cami in Black 

Top/J.Crew – Keeper Chambray Shirt

Cardigan/Vintage

Sunglasses/Ray-Ban – Clubmaster

Shoes/ANYI LU – The Cynthia in Black Tumbled Lux

 

 

IN HER SHOES: IVY PATTERSON

Ms. Patterson is wearing the Cherie in Black/Tortoise Patent.   

We're very excited to feature Ivy Patterson for this week's In Her Shoes post, our blog series where we will be profiling the stories of real women who wear ANYI LU. Ivy is a dancer so she must take extra special care of her feet and ankles in order to perform at such a high level. 

You're a student and a dancer. Where do you study and what kind of dance do you do?

I attend Dominican University of California and study dance through Alonzo King’s LINES Ballet’s partnership with the University. I will receive my BFA in dance through this joint program next May. LINES is a contemporary ballet company, but as a student I train in a wide range of modern and ballet techniques. 

As a dancer, you must take care of your feet. What measures do you take to make sure you don’t hurt your feet and ankles?

The most important thing a dancer can do to care for her feet and ankles is strengthen them. The stronger the intrinsic foot and ankle muscles and larger supporting muscle groups are, the less impact-related stress is caused. To relax and release them after a long day of rehearsals, I treat my feet to an Epson salt bath and a tennis ball massage. Of course, taking preventative measures to avoid blisters and wearing shoes outside of the dance studio that are comfortable and supportive are a must. 

How does being a dancer affect your shoe choices?

Dancers tend to have high arches, which are not well supported by most flats and high heels. Since it’s important to not have your shoe choice outside of the dance studio negatively affect your dancing, shoe choices are often limited. Many times, I have to choose function over fashion knowing that blisters or excessive stress to my arches, ankles, and knees aren’t worth looking cute for a night. With the exception of my ANYI LUs my shoe collection is mostly comprised of sneakers and slippers. 

How did you discover ANYI LU shoes?

On my 16th birthday, my mom and sister took me shopping. I planned to buy a camera, and left with my ANYI LUs. I spotted them in a boutique window in Thornes Marketplace in Northampton, MA and they were too beautiful not to try on. As a six-foot tall 11th grade girl, I wasn’t the type of teenager to want to wear heels, but when I put on my ANYI LUs they felt like they belonged on my feet. I could walk comfortably, look beautiful, and most importantly, feel good about myself.

Have you tried dancing in them?

While I haven’t tour-jettéd in my ANYI LUs, they have gone with me to prom, gala performances, weddings, gallery openings, and parties. Whether I wear them for one hour or for six, they never hold me back.

You’ve mentioned you call your first pair of ANYI LU shoes your “magical” shoes. We’d love to hear more about that!

My ANYI LUs are my “magical” shoes because great things happen when I wear them. They give me the comfort to move as confidently as I do in performance. They are timeless but current, and I feel special every time I slip them on. They aren’t just shoes, they’re my ANYI LUs. 

If you would like to be considered for our In Her Shoes series or know of a woman you think should be considered, please email Kristen at kristen@anyilu.com.

BEHIND THE SCENES: FALL '14 MEDIA EVENT AT SOUVLA SF

Enjoying some bubbly at Souvla SF

 

Yesterday at Souvla in Hayes Valley, we celebrated the new Fall collection with several of our favorite bloggers, writers, and editors from around the Bay Area. Everyone got to see the new line and lookbook while enjoying Greek food and champagne. Guests included Jessica Velez of Refinery29, Esther Hahn of RackedSF, Angela Salazar from the SF Chronicle, Sarah Sung from Urban Daddy, Rachel Ward of Where San Francisco, Katie Hintz of Mothermag.com, Kathleen Ensign of KatWalkSF, Freelance Writer Laura Kiniry, Laurie Farr freelance writer for CBS Local and Yahoo.com, Carlina Harris of Allergic to Vanilla, and Cheryl Locke of 7x7. We want to thank them all for coming!

IN HER SHOES: ROBIN H. WILLIAMS

Ms. Williams is wearing the Tulip in Black Patent.  

 

For this week's post of In Her Shoes where we will be profiling the stories of real women who wear ANYI LU, we talked with Robin H. Williams. Ms. Williams suffers from a condition called Diabetic Neuropathy which involves damage to the nerve cells in the legs causing difficulty walking. We are honored to share her courageous story. 

Would you mind telling us a bit about yourself: what you do, your interests?

My name is Robin H. Williams and I am a 52 year old 5th grade teacher. I have been teaching for 28 years. I am a linguist, as I speak five languages fluently: Portuguese, French, Spanish, Italian and English of course!  I sing professionally and have recorded a gospel single CD. I love to write poetry and to entertain others with stories. I belong to several community service organizations and help raise funds for scholarships and worthy programs. I love to travel, read, cook, go to the theatre and movies and entertain guests.  Until I was diagnosed with Diabetic Neuropathy, I liked to play tennis and go jogging. I've learned that if you can't run, take up your cane and walk briskly, so this is what I now do!

Would you mind telling us a bit about Diabetic Neuropathy?

I have diabetic neuropathy and it is nerve damage to the nerve cells in my legs. I was diagnosed with Type II Diabetes  when I had my third child in July of 2006.  It was a high risk pregnancy mixed with gestational diabetes and high blood pressure, which left me on bed rest for the duration of my pregnancy. When I finally gave birth, which was an emergency c-section, the doctors noticed that the diabetes did not go away. I was treated and the diabetes was controlled with medication. I later had a B12 deficiency, that combined with the diabetes, and the result was nerve damage in my legs. I woke up one morning and just could not walk. It was very scary, because at my 50th birthday celebration in July 2012, I was dancing all night on high heels, and that October, I woke up and could not walk without holding on to a wall. I went to several neurologists and specialist and specialist, but there was nothing they could do for me. I was not in pain, but I suffered from an imbalance when I walked. It was like constantly walking on an ice skating ring. I did several weeks of physical therapy, but the damage to the nerve cells could not be reversed.

How has this condition affected your life?

The effect of the Diabetic Neuropathy has changed my life considerably, but not my outlook on life. I need a cane to walk, but with exercise I continue to make my legs stronger.  It hasn't stopped me from going where I want to go and doing the things that I love to do.  Yes, I need to travel with a cane, but I just make it an extension of myself and keep it moving!

You’ve mentioned the Tulip was comfortable for you. What about it worked where other shoes had not?

I've always loved wearing heels, especially with a sexy dress, and I became tired of having to wear flats all the time. I was noticing that the cells in my legs were just not going to repair themselves as fast as I would like, if ever. The specialists and doctors told me I would probably never walk in heels ever again, but I knew I would not let that dissuade me. I figured if I have to walk with a cane, then I would also walk in a pair of shoes that would make me happy. I wanted a special pair of shoes for Mother's Day. I knew I wanted to feel secure, with a sensible heel that would give me some sort of balance when I stood up; would help me feel a grip on the floor; and still be a sexy shoe with some pizzazz. While waiting for my daughter to get her hair done at a salon, my youngest son and I went to Nordstrom to kill some time. I explained what I wanted to the shoe salesman and he said he had just the right kind of shoe for me.  He asked if I had ever heard of the designer Anyi Lu and I said no, so he started explaining to me all about her shoes and how she designs them. I tried on a pair and almost cried because I felt VERY secure in them!!!  I was able to walk around the carpeted shoe floor without having to hold my cane.  However, the most exciting point came when my seven year old son said, "Mommy, you look great in those shoes–daddy would want you to have them for Mother's Day!" It was a "No Brainer" I purchased the shoes and have been delighted ever since.  I've received constant compliments on them and plan to purchase a few more pairs, but I will do that in moderation;-)

What would you like people to take away from your experience? 

I would like people to recognize that you never have to give up style for comfort. The Tulip shoe is a practical, yet very sexy shoe. The fact that it has no seams makes it very sturdy and it hugs my foot like a glove, which is very necessary for me.  The grip, which is built in under the shoe, make skidding impossible, which is also very important to me. I can honestly say I feel more secure in this pair of shoes than I do in my sneakers, but I am still sensible.  When I have to walk in a large open area, I still use my cane.  However, when I am in a smaller area, I feel confident enough to walk without my cane. Tomorrow I will escort my class to their Moving Up/Graduation Ceremony, it is a long walk from my classroom to the auditorium and I plan to wear my Tulips. Yes, I'll have to use my cane, but I'll walk with grace, style and confidence knowing that shoes will not fail me!!!

 

If you would like to be considered for our In Her Shoes series or know of a woman you think should be considered, please email Kristen at kristen@anyilu.com.

IN HER SHOES: Elena Marrero Wagner

Ms. Wagner is wearing the Tulip in Black Patent.  

 

For the second post in our blog series In Her Shoes where we will be profiling the stories of real women who wear ANYI LU, we talked with Elena Marrero Wagner. Ms. Wagner works at Nordstrom and is the perfect example of a woman whose work requires her to be stylish while also standing on her feet all day. 

You work at Nordstrom, what do you do there?

I am a Beauty Advisor and manage the Lancôme cosmetic counter (which happens to be directly across from our Salon Shoe Department!!)

How does your job make finding shoes that work for you a challenge?

I have to stand on my feet for 8 hours every day on a tile floor and am often walking back and forth through the store for stock or to assist customers. In my former career as a massage therapist, I could wear whatever ugly shoes were the most comfortable, but working at a fashion specialty store, there is an expectation to dress with fashion in mind. I thought flats would be the solution, but they killed my back. I found it nearly impossible to find a fashionable shoe that I could wear for 8 hours without pain. Most of my coworkers wear gorgeous high heels for the first three hours of their shift and then change in to some sad flat shoe with no support for the remainder of their days. That 2-shoe day didn't work for me...and flats just crunched up my toes and sent pain to my back!

You have quite a collection! How did you discover the brand?

One morning a rep from ANYI LU came to our store and told me that her shoes would feel like sneakers­–even after eight hours of standing on my feet. While the price tag was higher than I typically spend for shoes, I took her challenge because I would have done anything to save my lower back and feet from the daily pain I was feeling! Plus I thought the shoes were super cute– especially with a little heel­–which I desperately need since I am only 5 feet tall!!

What was your first pair?

It was the Tulip. The investment I made in that shoe was THE BEST money I have ever spent! After having so much success with my first pair of Tulips, I quickly decided I needed them in every color because I realized I would probably never wear any other shoe to work!! I decided to try other styles from ANYI LU and had the same comfort experience with them. While I love the trendy style of the Athena, I really love the classic look of the Tulip. The patent leather and strappy open toe style make it so versatile that I can wear it with skirts, dresses or pants and in Florida–it's a shoe I can almost wear year round!! I tried another luxury shoe that was supposed to be very comfortable, but I was immediately disappointed with both the pain in my back and the quality of the shoe. I really don't wear any other shoes to work now unless they say ANYI LU!!!

What would you like people to take away from your experience?

I am so passionate about women having comfortable and fashionable shoes! I get SO many compliments on how cute my ANYI LUs are, and when I start raving about how comfortable they are, most women want me to show them the shoes! I realize they cost more than other shoe brands, but I guarantee, like the rep did from ANYI LU, that the money spent on one pair of versatile ANYI LUs is WELL worth the price when you consider how great you can actually feel at the end of a long day on your feet–with no blisters or back pain!! Every woman that has bought a pair with my recommendation has absolutely loved them, and that makes me love and believe in them even more!!! I never thought ANY shoe could be so cute AND so comfortable...until I had ANYI LU shoes!!!! She is truly my hero!!!! 

 

If you would like to be considered for our In Her Shoes series or know of a woman you think should be considered, please email Kristen at kristen@anyilu.com.

IN HER SHOES: KATE KLISE

Ms. Klise is wearing the Electra in snow leopard.  Photo credit: Joyce McMurtrey.  

Welcome to the first post in our new blog series, In Her Shoes, where we will be profiling the stories of real women who wear ANYI LU. We’re honored to feature the children’s book author, Ms. Kate Klise for our debut interview. Ms. Klise is an example of the kind of busy, successful woman who needs shoes that both look and feel great. She's written 30 children's books, including the 43 Old Cemetery Road series, and one adult book, In the Bag. If you would like to read more about Ms. Klise and her work, click here

You’re a children’s book author. How exciting! Tell us about your work.

I love my job. Isn’t it surprising—and wonderful—that even in this digital age, something as old-fashioned as a story can still satisfy a child? 

Why are book tours important for authors? 

Here’s the thing about writing: Unless you’re J.K. Rowling or John Green, if you want to make a living as a writer, you have to spend a lot of time on the road, promoting your books in schools, libraries, and bookstores. It’s great to connect with readers, but being on the road can wear you down. I never risk checking luggage, so I’m often living out of a carry-on roller bag for a week at a time.

How do you pack for these trips?

Strategically. Shoes are a big challenge because they take up so much room. But I had an epiphany in 2011. I was traveling a lot that year and getting sick to death of the mishmash of clothes and shoes in my suitcase. So I called Nordstrom and made an appointment with a stylist at the nearest store, which was in Cincinnati. When I arrived, a pair of ANYI LU open-toe slingbacks was waiting for me in the dressing room. I confess I was a bit skeptical of the chunky-heeled, tri-colored shoes, but the stylist told me to try them on with dark jeans and a short, fitted jacket. That’s when I was hooked. Not only did the shoes look great on my feet, they felt unbelievably comfortable. More comfortable, in fact, than the flats I was wearing when I walked in. I bought my first pair of ANYI LU shoes (the Megan) that day and three more pairs since then. They’re my go-to shoes for traveling because I can pack fewer clothes and rely on great shoes to punch up any outfit.

What’s the takeaway lesson?

It’s taken me decades to learn what every European woman knows: Buy fewer things of better quality. I’ve spent a fortune on cheap and moderately priced shoes that I end up leaving in hotel rooms because they hurt my feet. Now that I’ve discovered ANYI LU, I know I can pack one pair of gorgeous shoes and wear them all day, every day, for a week at a time, all the while looking and feeling my best. This is how I put my best foot forward.

If you would like to be considered for our In Her Shoes series or know of a woman you think should be considered, please email Kristen at kristen@anyilu.com.


IN THE NEWS: WALL STREET JOURNAL INTERVIEW

The Wall Street Journal sat down with Anyi to discuss her inspiration for starting ANYI LU and the process of starting her own business. As the WSJ is one of our favorite publications, we couldn't be more excited about the article. 

Read the article on WSJ.com here.

Full text from the article:

A Chemist Sought a Formula for Mixing Comfort and Fashion

Anyi Lu Got Tired Of Suffering In Formal Footwear, So She Launched Her Own Line

Sometimes a great idea comes after a lot of soul-searching. Or, in the case of Anyi Lu, sole-searching.

Having worked as a chemist first at DuPont and then at Chevron, Ms. Lu spent several years suffering in uncomfortable shoes. "I was usually working in a factory, on my feet, and chasing people up throughout the day," she explains, "but then I'd also need to be in meetings with executives throughout the day, so I'd need to dress professionally."

Ms. Lu says that while her male colleagues would linger at work chitchatting or head out for happy hour, she would race home to get her shoes off.

"I looked everywhere and tried everything, but there was a constant trade-off in women's shoes: either comfortable or nice looking," she says. "My male colleagues did not have to make a choice between professional footwear and comfort, and it bothered me for years that women did."

The issue came to a head the day before her sister's wedding in 2004, when the bride called Ms. Lu begging her to find her comfortable shoes.

"I said that's impossible—people spend months looking for the right shoes for their wedding dress!" Ms. Lu says. "But she said, 'No, no, I have those shoes and they're beautiful, but I can only wear them for about half an hour, so I've timed the ceremony so that I can get through it and the pictures in those shoes, but then I need to change into something else.'"

Along with a suitable pair of heels, Ms. Lu found the inspiration to start her own business. She spent the next two years researching shoes, starting with dance shoes and eventually traveling to Italy, where she learned about sachetto construction—which entails turning shoe leather into essentially a sock that molds to the foot.

In 2006, she officially launched her shoe line—called ANYI LU—and quickly won orders from Nordstrom. Her shoes now sell at Bloomingdale's and Neiman Marcus, as well, and she has launched an e-commerce site.

—Amy Westervelt

 

BEHIND THE SCENES: FALL '14 LOOKBOOK SHOOT

We've just completed the shoot for our Fall 2014 season lookbook, and we couldn't be happier with the images! Our photographer Holly Stewart captured our fabulous model, Luba Vitti, demonstrating the comfort and weightlessness of ANYI LU shoes with dramatic leaps, turns, and jumps. Dawn Sutti did an amazing job with her makeup and hair, Rachel Arnow picked an incredible wardrobe, and Kristen Vandivier gave great direction and choreography despite being 6 months pregnant! Thank you to everyone who contributed! 

 

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