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1. 50 Cent – Curtis James Jackson III, known professionally as 50 Cent, is an American rapper, actor, businessman, and investor. Born in the South Jamaica neighborhood of the borough of Queens, although he left drug-dealing to pursue a musical career, in 2000 he was shot nine times. After Jackson released the compilation album Guess Whos Back. in 2002, he was discovered by Eminem and signed by Shady Records, Aftermath Entertainment and Interscope Records. With the aid of Eminem and Dr. Dre, Jackson became one of the worlds best selling rappers, in 2003, he founded G-Unit Records, signing his G-Unit associates Young Buck, Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo. Jackson had similar commercial and critical success with his album, The Massacre. He released his studio album, Animal Ambition, in 2014 and is working on his sixth studio album. He executive produces the show Power, which airs on Starz and he has pursued an acting career, appearing in the semi-autobiographical film Get Rich or Die Tryin, the Iraq War film Home of the Brave and Righteous Kill. 50 Cent was ranked the sixth-best artist of the 2000s and the third-best rapper by Billboard. Rolling Stone consider Get Rich or Die Tryin and “In Da Club to be in their lists of “100 Best albums of the 2000s”, Jackson was born in the borough of Queens, New York City, and raised in its South Jamaica neighborhood by his mother, Sabrina. A drug dealer, Sabrina raised Jackson until she died in a fire when Jackson was 8. After his mothers death and his fathers departure Jackson was raised by his grandmother and he began boxing at about age 11, and when he was 14 a neighbor opened a boxing gym for local youth. When I wasnt killing time in school, I was sparring in the gym or selling crack on the strip, during the mid-1980s, he competed in the Junior Olympics, I was competitive in the ring and hip-hop is competitive too. I think rappers condition themselves like boxers, so they all kind of feel like theyre the champ, at age 12, Jackson began dealing narcotics when his grandparents thought he was in after-school programs and brought guns and drug money to school. In the tenth grade, he was caught by metal detectors at Andrew Jackson High School, after I got arrested I stopped hiding it. I was telling my grandmother, I sell drugs, on June 29,1994, Jackson was arrested for selling four vials of cocaine to an undercover police officer. He was arrested three weeks later, when police searched his home and found heroin, ten ounces of crack cocaine. Although Jackson was sentenced to three to nine years in prison, he served six months in a camp and earned his GED. He has said that he did not use cocaine himself, Jackson adopted the nickname 50 Cent as a metaphor for change50 Cent – 50 Cent in 2006
2. Coco Chanel – Gabrielle Bonheur Coco Chanel was a French fashion designer and businesswoman. She was the founder and namesake of the Chanel brand, a prolific fashion creator, Chanel extended her influence beyond couture clothing, realising her design aesthetic in jewellery, handbags, and fragrance. 5, has become an iconic product and she is the only fashion designer listed on TIME magazines list of the 100 most influential people of the 20th century. Chanel designed her iconic interlocked-CC monograph, meaning Coco Chanel, using it since the 1920s, Chanel was known for her lifelong determination, ambition, and energy which she applied to her professional and social life. She achieved both financial success as a businesswoman and catapulted to prominence in French high society, thanks to the connections she made through her work. These included many artists and craftspeople to whom she became a patron and her social connections appeared to encourage a highly conservative personal outlook. One of Chanels lovers was a German military officer, Hans Gunther von Dincklage, after the war ended, Chanel was interrogated about her relationship with von Dincklage, but she was not charged as a collaborator. After several years in Switzerland after the war, she returned to Paris, in 2011, Hal Vaughan published a book on Chanel based on newly declassified documents of that era, revealing that she had collaborated with Germans in intelligence activities. One plan in late 1943 was for her to carry an SS separate peace overture to British Prime Minister Winston Churchill to end the war and she was Jeannes second child with Albert Chanel, the first, Julia, was born less than a year earlier. Albert Chanel was an itinerant street vendor who peddled work clothes and undergarments, living a life, traveling to. The family resided in rundown lodgings, in 1884, he married Jeanne Devolle, persuaded to do so by her family who had united, effectively, to pay Albert to marry her. At birth, Chanels name was entered into the registry as Chasnel. Jeanne was too unwell to attend the registration, and Albert was registered as travelling, with both parents absent, the infants last name was misspelled, probably due to a clerical error. The couple had five children who survived—two boys and three girls—who lived crowded into a lodging in the town of Brive-la-Gaillarde. When Gabrielle was 12, her mother died of bronchitis at the age of 32 and her father sent his two sons out to work as farm laborers and sent his three daughters to the Corrèze, in central France, to the convent of Aubazine, which ran an orphanage. Its religious order, the Congregation of the Sacred Heart of Mary, was founded to care for the poor and rejected and it was a stark, frugal life, demanding strict discipline. Despite the tragedy of this, being placed in the orphanage may have been the best thing for Coco’s future because it is where she learned to sew. At age eighteen, Chanel, too old to remain at Aubazine, later in her life, Chanel would retell the story of her childhood somewhat differently, she would often include more glamorous accounts, which were generally untrueCoco Chanel – Chanel in 1920
3. Jimmy Choo – Datuk Jimmy Choo Yeang Keat, OBE, is a Malaysian fashion designer based in the United Kingdom. He is best known for co-founding Jimmy Choo Ltd, which known for its handmade womens shoes. Choo was born in Penang, Malaysia, into a family of shoemakers and his family name is Chow but was misspelled on his birth certificate as Choo. He studied at Shih Chung Primary School in Love Lane, Penang and his father taught him how to make shoes, and it is often reported that he made his first shoe when he was 11 years old. Choo graduated from Cordwainers Technical College in Hackney in 1983, Choo worked part-time at restaurants and as a cleaner at a shoe factory to help fund his college education. After graduation Choo began work at a shop in Hackney which he opened in 1986 by renting an old hospital building and his craftsmanship and designs were soon noticed and his creations became featured in eight pages in a 1988 issue of Vogue. Patronage from Diana, Princess of Wales from 1990 further boosted his image, in 1996 he co-founded Jimmy Choo Ltd with British Vogue magazine accessories editor Tamara Mellon. In April 2001, Choo sold his 50% stake in the company for £10 million and he has since concentrated his work on the exclusive Jimmy Choo Couture line produced under license from Jimmy Choo Ltd. The Jimmy Choo London line, also known as Jimmy Choo Ready-To-Wear or, simply, the ready-to-wear line has expanded to include accessories such as handbags. Choo lives in London and is involved in a project to set up a shoemaking institute in Malaysia. His company continues to produce expensive high-end shoes and he is married to Rebecca Choo from Hong Kong. The couple have a son, Danny, and a daughter, a niece of the couple, Lucy Choi, followed in her uncles footsteps by becoming a shoe designer. He is referenced in Fetty Waps 2015 hit titled Jimmy Choo and Bollywood hit Song Abhi toh Party Shuru Hui Hai from movie KhubsuratJimmy Choo – Jimmy Choo (second from left) with (from left) Kavita Sidhu, Heah Sieu Lay, Andrea Fonseka and Amber Chia.
4. Common Projects – Common Projects is an American / Italian luxury footwear company. The company was founded in 2004 by Prathan Poopat, an American-based art director, and Flavio Girolami, the shoes are hand-stitched in Italy and often use Italian Nappa leather. The company name came about as Poopat and Girolami were working on a number of projects together. All of their shoes feature a line of numbers along the heel, displaying the style and their designs have been awarded the Sneaker of the Week twice by GQ magazineCommon Projects – Common Projects
5. Patrick Cox – Patrick Cox is a Canadian-British fashion designer and an eponymous fashion label specializing in the creation of shoes, leather goods and accessories. Cox is most noted for the use of materials and a mixture of avant-garde. Cox eventually graduated school in Edmonton Canada and moved to Toronto on his own when he was 17. At the age of 19, Cox produced his first pair of shoes, for the Toronto-based designer Loucas Kleanthous, an interest in British fashion led Cox to study at Cordwainers Technical College, London, a design school that was absorbed into the London College of Fashion in 2000. Cox studied at Cordwainers from 1983 to 1985 and he graduated with merit in July 1985. During his time as a student in London, Cox probably spent as much time in nightclubs as he did studying, through his partying Cox became friends with several well-known designers, such as the legendary Vivienne Westwood. As a result, in 1984, Westwood asked Cox to design shoes for her Clint Eastwood collection, in his second year of college Cox designed and handmade fluorescent fringed moccasins for the celebrated Body Map brand of David Holah and Stevie Stewart. Cox used to date Canadian journalist, entrepreneur, and magazine publisher Tyler Brûlé, Cox funded the launch of Brules Wallpaper magazine that was subsequently sold to Time Warner in 1997. Cox set up his own company designing shoes in 1985, subsequently, Cox launched his own Patrick Cox label, adopting the fleur-de-lys logo. Cox continued to work with Galliano for a further six seasons and he also produced the shoes for numerous designers fashion shows including Anna Sui, John Flett, Alistair Blair and Lanvin Haute Couture to name but a few. In 1991 Cox opened his first shop opposite the Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square, Chelsea, in 1993, Cox marketed his first collection designed for the mass market. This diffusion range called Wannabe increased the companys annual sales from 2000 to 200,000 pairs. Cox has credited his initial interest in moccasins to fellow designer Richard James whom had asked Cox to design him a modern loafer to accessorise one of his early 1990s fashion shows, during this time, Cox was twice awarded Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards. 1998 saw Cox move his office and production from the UK to Civitanova, in the Italian Marche. This deal saw the opening of more than 40 shop in shops across Japan, Cox was approached by the French fashion footwear house Charles Jourdan, and in January 2003 he was appointed Creative Director, his brief being to rejuvenate the brand. After 3 years of collaboration, Cox decided to move on to concentrate on the development of his own label. The Hong Kong duty free company King Power Group took a controlling interest in the Patrick Cox company in 2006, Cox left his eponymous the following year and the entire business, except for a few continuing Japanese licenses was closed in 2008. In September 2010, Cox opened Cox Cookies & Cake, a pâtisserie in Londons Soho district, in keeping with the areas history of seedy business, the décor was black and neon while the staff wore studded leather apronsPatrick Cox – Patrick Cox
6. Adolf Dassler – Adolf Adi Dassler was the founder of the German sportswear company Adidas, and the younger brother of Rudolf Dassler, founder of Puma. Born in the Franconian town of Herzogenaurach and trained as a cobbler and his father, Christoph, who worked in a shoe factory, and the Zehlein brothers, who produced the spikes for track shoes in their smithy, supported Dassler in starting his own business. On 1 July 1924, his older brother Rudolf joined the business, at the 1928 Olympics, Dassler equipped many athletes, laying the foundation for the international expansion of the company. During the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, he equipped the African-American athlete Jesse Owens who went on to win four gold medals, with the rise of Adolf Hitler in the 1930s, both Dassler brothers joined the Nazi Party, with Rudolf reputed as being the more ardent National Socialist. Adolf served the Wehrmacht at the beginning of the war for one year on the west front, Rudolf was drafted in March 1943 fighting the red army in the east, and was captured in April 1945 by the Gestapo for Absence Without Leave. On the way to Dachau concentration camp, so the legend goes, he was freed by US troops, Adi had stayed behind to produce boots for the Wehrmacht and then broke away from the Nazi Party. The war exacerbated the differences between the brothers and their wives, Rudolf, upon his capture by American troops, was suspected of being a member of the SS, information supposedly supplied by his brother Adi. By 1948, the rift between the brothers widened, Rudolf left the company to found Puma on the other side of town, and Adolf Dassler renamed the company Adidas after his own nickname. In 1973, Adolf Dasslers son Horst Dassler founded Arena, a producer of swimming equipment, after Adolf Dasslers death in 1978, Horst and his wife Käthe took over the management. Horst died nine years later, in 1987, Adidas was transformed into a private limited company in 1989, but remained family property until its IPO in 1995. In 2006, a sculpture of Dassler was unveiled in the Adi Dassler Stadium in Herzogenaurauch and it was created by the artist Josef Tabachnyk. German inventors and discoverers Biographie, Adidas Adolf and Rudolf Dassler at the Fashion Model DirectoryAdolf Dassler – Adolf Dassler 1954
7. Salvatore Ferragamo – Salvatore Ferragamo was an Italian shoe designer and the founder of Salvatore Ferragamo S. p. A. Ferragamo worked with many Hollywood stars in the 1920s, before returning to Italy to found the company making unique handmade footwear. His scientific and creative approach to shoes spawned many innovations such as the wedge heel, film stars and celebrities continue to patronize his company, which has evolved into a luxury goods empire spanning the world. Salvatore Ferragamo was born in 1898 in Bonito, near Avellino, after making his first pair of shoes at age nine, for his sisters to wear at their confirmation, young Salvatore decided that he had found his calling. After studying shoemaking in Naples for a year, Ferragamo opened a store based in his parents home. In 1914, he emigrated to Boston, where one of his brothers worked in a boot factory. After a brief stint at the factory, Ferragamo convinced his brothers to move to California, however, his thriving reputation as Shoemaker to the Stars only partially satisfied him. He could not fathom why his shoes pleased the eye yet hurt the foot, after spending thirteen years in the United States, Ferragamo returned to Italy in 1927, this time settling in Florence. He began to fashion shoes for the wealthiest and most powerful women of the century and he opened a workshop in the Via Mannelli, concentrating his efforts in experimenting with design, applying for patents for ornamental and utility models and some related inventions. “The Rainbow” was created by Salvatore Ferragamo in 1938 and was the first instance of the platform shoe returning in modern days in the West, the platform sandal was designed for Judy Garland, an American singer, actress, and vaudevillian. This shoe was a tribute to Judy Garland’s signature song “Over the Rainbow” performed in the Wizard of Oz in 1938, the shoe was a crafted using uniquely shaped slabs of cork that were covered in suede to build up the wedge and gold kidskin was used for the straps. At his death his wife Wanda and later their six children ran the company and his most famous invention is arguably the Cage Heel. Fiamma inherited her fathers talent and came up with the Vara pumps in 1978. A museum dedicated to Ferragamos life and work opened in the Palazzo Spini Feroni in 1995, the palazzo had been bought by Ferragamo in the 1930s. In March 2013, Ferragamos fashion house, Salvatore Ferragamo S. p. A. established the Ferragamo Foundation in Florence, the foundation was formed to cultivate young fashion designers, based on the ideas of Salvatore Ferragamo. The company is owned by the Ferragamo family, which in November 2006 included Salvatores widow Wanda, five children,23 grandchildren. There is a rule that only 3 members of the family can work at the company, james Ferragamo, graduate of NYU Stern, is the Women’s and Mens Shoes and Leather Goods Division Director for the Salvatore Ferragamo Group. Wanda Ferragamo Miletti, has led the group since 1960, when her husband and founder of the company, Salvatore, ferruccio Ferragamo, he is currently Chairman of the CompanySalvatore Ferragamo – Shoes
8. Lupe Fiasco – Wasalu Muhammad Jaco, better known by his stage name Lupe Fiasco, is an American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur. He rose to fame in 2006 following the success of his debut album and he also performs as the frontman of rock band Japanese Cartoon under his real name. As an entrepreneur, Fiasco is the executive officer of 1st. Raised in Chicago, Jaco developed an interest in hip hop after initially disliking the genre for its use of vulgarity, after adopting the name Lupe Fiasco and recording songs in his fathers basement, 19-year-old Fiasco joined a group called Da Pak. The group disbanded shortly after its inception, and Fiasco soon met rapper Jay-Z who helped him sign a deal with Atlantic Records. In September 2006, Fiasco released his debut album Lupe Fiascos Food & Liquor on the label and he released his second album, Lupe Fiascos The Cool, in December 2007. The lead single Superstar became his first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, after a two-year delay, Lasers was released in March 2011 to mixed reviews, however, it became his first album to debut at number one on the Billboard 200. His latest album, Tetsuo & Youth, was released in January 2015, in addition to music, Fiasco has pursued other business ventures, including fashion. He runs two clothing lines, Righteous Kung-Fu and Trilly & Truly, he has designed sneakers for Reebok and he has been involved with charitable activities, including the Summit on the Summit expedition, and in 2010 he recorded a benefit single for victims of the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Fiasco is also noted for his anti-establishment views, which he has expressed in interviews and his music. Fiasco was born Wasalu Muhammad Jaco on February 16,1982 in Chicago, Fiasco is of West African descent, one of nine children of Shirley, a gourmet chef, and Gregory, an engineer. His father, a member of the Black Panther Party, was a prolific African drummer, karate teacher, operating plant engineer, Fiasco was raised Muslim on the West Side of Chicago on Madison Terrace housing project. At the age of three, Fiasco began taking martial arts classes and his parents divorced when he was five, and he went on to live with his mother, but his father still remained an important part of his life. In sixth grade, he went to live with his father full-time in Harvey and his father lived next door to a crack house and taught Fiasco to use guns to defend himself from drug dealers. As a teenager, Fiasco participated in Academic Decathlon competitions and his mother described him by saying, He was a great spirited child. Smart, a bit complex, he kind of was a loner, always had a book bag over his shoulder and some type of a writing tablet. Fiasco initially disliked hip hop music for its use of vulgarity and his struggle to learn to play an instrument led him to create poetry instead, which led to his interest in the lyrical aspects of music. He began rapping his poems in the grade, and upon hearing Nas 1996 album, It Was WrittenLupe Fiasco – Lupe Fiasco in 2012
9. John Fluevog – John Fluevog is a Canadian shoe designer. His shoes are noted for their progressive, art deco inspired styles and his shoes are designed in Vancouver, Canada, but are made all over the world, including Portugal, Mexico, Peru, China and Vietnam. His shoes often include messages engraved into the soles, the most famous being from The Angel Family, whose soles read, Resists alkali, water, acid, fatigue and Satan. Born and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, Fluevog spent much of his youth at his fathers ice cream parlour. During this time, he developed a passion for cars, which in turn has provided inspiration for many of his shoe designs. As his companys website declares, When hes drawing a shoe, hes thinking about a car and, after spending a summer hitchhiking the west coast, Fluevog returned to Vancouver and began working for Sheppards Shoes. In 1970, he joined forces with fellow co-worker Peter Fox to start their own shoestore in Vancouvers Gastown, the partnership, known as Fox and Fluevog, lasted over ten years before the two split amicably in 1981. In 1985, Fluevog opened his own store in Seattle, financed in part by the sale of his car, during the 1980s, Fluevog was the first to import Dr. Martens shoes into North America. By the 1990s, Fluevog had opened five privately owned and operated stores in Seattle, Vancouver, Boston, Toronto, and New York. His shoes began to appear in such as Vogue, in fashion shows for Anna Sui and Betsey Johnson. By the end of the 1990s, Fluevog had stores in San Francisco and these were followed in the 2000s by stores in Los Angeles, Montreal, and a new flagship store in Gastown. As of April 2015 there were 19 Fluevog stores in North America, Fluevog Angel soles are resoleable and made from hevea tree latex, a natural latex harvested in Vietnam. Some styles have made using vegetable tanned leathers. Fluevog has also released remakes of successful styles using hemp instead of leather, in 2002, John created Open Source Footwear, an online site where anyone can submit shoe designs. If a submission is selected, the shoe is named after its creator, as of April 2015, there have been fifteen open source submissions manufactured. In 2007 after a performance in the Vancouver storefront, Perry Farrell of Janes Addiction. Inspired by the performance, Fluevog designed a 2.5 mens high heeled boot named Perry, which was manufactured in blue faux-crocodile, black snake, John has gained fans all over the world who have become known as Fluevogers. The White Stripes own custom red and white Fluevogs, amanda Palmer has said that she admires his designs, and wears his shoes to advertise his merchandiseJohn Fluevog – Store sign on Newbury Street in Boston
10. Maud Frizon – Maud Frizon de Marco is a fashion designer specializing in womens shoes. She began her career in the 1960s as a model for Parisian Haute Couture Houses of Nina Ricci, Jean Patou, at the time models had to provide their own shoes to match the clothes designers assigned them for their runway shows and photo shoots. Frizon disliked the available shoes from other designers, and in 1969 elected to create her own and that first shoe collection, with each pair hand-cut and finished, was praised by critics as sexy and unpredictable. Building on the traditions of Beth Levine and foreshadowing the designs of Manolo Blahnik, Frizon shoes were showy and extravagant. At the height of her success in the 1980s her reputation was similar to that of Blahnik today, Frizon often used expensive and everyday materials together in unusual combinations, lizard and snake, suede and satin, canvas and crocodile. Brigitte Bardot was a regular at the boutique, famous for her love of Frizons high-heeled Russian boots, in Shoes – Fashion and Fantasy Colin McDowell wrote If shoes can be said to have a personality, none have more so than the products of Maud Frizons imagination. Original and innovative shoes that to footwear what Dom Perignon is to champagne, although Frizon released shoes under her brands Maud Frizon and Miss Maud, she also designed footwear for Azzedine Alaia, Missoni and Sonia Rykiel among others. She is married to Luigi De Marco with whom she founded and operated her company, the firm remains headquartered in Paris, with boutiques in Paris, New York, Singapore, Taiwan and Hong Kong. Official site Shoe Icons, Maud FrizonMaud Frizon – Shoes
11. Irregular Choice – Irregular Choice is a fashion brand founded in Brighton in 1999. It specialises in unusual footwear, bags and accessories, Irregular Choice was founded in 1999 by the designer Dan Sullivan. Irregular Choice has collaborated with brands and designers. For two years they produced a line in collaboration with the fashion doll Blythe, featuring the dolls image. Among Irregular Choices early designs were shoes and boots based upon the traditional Japanese split-toe look, in Summer 2004, the brand introduced handbags, followed up with gloves, umbrellas and other accessories for that years Fall collections. In February 2008 they launched a line using prints that Sullivans team designed themselves. One Irregular Choice trademark is the heel, including rabbit-shaped ones, garden gnome. In 2003 Irregular Choice debuted their shoes onto the American market, in 2007 Irregular Choice opened its first shop in SoHo, Manhattan, with weekly sales from $25,000 to $35,000. By 2012 they were selling products in more than 50 countries, with new opening in Hong Kong and Paris. In 2008, their flagship store launched on Carnaby Street in London, and alongside the Brighton shop, two additional Irregular Choice shops were opened in Leicester and Norwich in 2012Irregular Choice – Irregular Choice shoe with unicorn heel, 2014
12. Lauren Jones – Her mother is of Scandinavian descent. Her maternal great-grandparents immigrated to the US through Ellis Island from Oslo, Jones is also the great-niece of State Representative Rita Martinson. She attended junior school at St. Andrews in Ridgeland, Mississippi. At age 14, Jones, accompanied by her parents, moved from Jackson to New York, at 17, Jones was encouraged to pursue an acting and modeling career, subsequently living in London, Boston, New York City and Los Angeles. She was a school homecoming queen and a varsity cheerleader. By the time she graduated high school, she was working steadily as a model. She came to prominence initially after winning a modeling contest sponsored by Seventeen magazine in 2000. In 2004 Jones earned a BBA degree in design and management from Parsons School of Design, Jones completed a study abroad program at The University of Westminster in London, England and studied her JD at Mississippi College School of Law. While in NY obtaining her degree, she concurrently studied theater, TV. Jones is a designer who has worked as a model, actress, product endorser, news anchor. Jones began modeling as a teen, initially as a print model for national brands. When she was 19, she signed with the Gilla Roos modeling agency, Jones has also worked with Wilhelmina Models in New Orleans and United Talent Agency in Los Angeles. She has appeared in advertising campaigns, including Axe deodorant, Burger King, Coppertone sunscreen and Met-Rx, of which Jones is an endorser. She has appeared in magazines, including the August 2009 issue of Maxim. In the same month, she appeared in the high-profile publication O. Jones has appeared in a number of television and movie roles, in May 2009, Jones was cast in the star studded feature film The Expendables opposite Sylvester Stallone and Mickey Rourke as the character, Cheyenne, Mickeys love interest in the film. Jones was cast for the part of Cheyenne by Sylvester Stallone, the film was released in theaters August 13,2010. In late 2004 – early 2005, Jones was offered work with World Wrestling Entertainment on its SmackDown, brand and participated in skits during the first ever SmackDownLauren Jones – Lauren Jones
13. Michael Jordan – Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American retired professional basketball player, businessman, and principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets. Jordan played 15 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Chicago Bulls and his biography on the NBA website states, By acclamation, Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player of all time. Jordan was one of the most effectively marketed athletes of his generation and was considered instrumental in popularizing the NBA around the world in the 1980s and 1990s, Jordan played three seasons for coach Dean Smith at the University of North Carolina. As a freshman, he was a member of the Tar Heels national championship team in 1982, Jordan joined the Bulls in 1984 as the third overall draft pick. He quickly emerged as a star, entertaining crowds with his prolific scoring. His leaping ability, demonstrated by performing slam dunks from the throw line in slam dunk contests, earned him the nicknames Air Jordan. He also gained a reputation for being one of the best defensive players in basketball, in 1991, he won his first NBA championship with the Bulls, and followed that achievement with titles in 1992 and 1993, securing a three-peat. Jordan retired for a time in January 1999, but returned for two more NBA seasons from 2001 to 2003 as a member of the Wizards. Among his numerous accomplishments, Jordan holds the NBA records for highest career regular season scoring average and highest career playoff scoring average. In 1999, he was named the greatest North American athlete of the 20th century by ESPN and he became a member of the FIBA Hall of Fame in 2015. Jordan is also known for his product endorsements and he fueled the success of Nikes Air Jordan sneakers, which were introduced in 1985 and remain popular today. Jordan also starred in the 1996 feature film Space Jam as himself, in 2006, he became part-owner and head of basketball operations for the then-Charlotte Bobcats, buying a controlling interest in 2010. In 2015, Jordan became the first billionaire NBA player in history as a result of the increase in value of NBA franchises and he is the third richest African American, behind Oprah Winfrey and Robert F. Smith. Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York, to Deloris, who worked in banking and his family moved to Wilmington, North Carolina, when he was a toddler. Jordan is the fourth of five children and he has two older brothers, Larry Jordan and James R. Jordan, Jr. one older sister, Deloris, and a younger sister, Roslyn. Jordans brother James retired in 2006 as the Command Sergeant Major of the 35th Signal Brigade of the XVIII Airborne Corps in the U. S. Army. Jordan attended Emsley A. Laney High School in Wilmington, where he highlighted his athletic career by playing basketball, baseball and he tried out for the varsity basketball team during his sophomore year, but at 511, he was deemed too short to play at that level. His taller friend, Harvest Leroy Smith, was the only sophomore to make the team, motivated to prove his worth, Jordan became the star of Laneys junior varsity squad, and tallied several 40-point gamesMichael Jordan – Jordan in 2006
14. Charles Jourdan – Charles Jourdan was a French fashion designer known best for his designs of womens shoes starting in 1919. After 2000 the company went into decline and was sold to investment bankers, originally trained as a shoemaker, after World War I Jourdan opened a shoe shop in Romans in the Drôme region of France, the center of Frances shoe industry. His lines of womens shoes prospered, and this became the focus of his career, after only two years Jourdan moved his shoe company into a factory on Boulevard Voltaire in 1921 and employed over 30 people in Romans. In the 1930s, Jourdan was the first shoe designer to place advertisements in the fashion magazines. In 1947 his three sons Rene, Charles and Roland joined the company, and in 1950 they expanded beyond France, one regular customer was none other than Lady Diana Spencer who, eventually became Princess of Wales. Jourdan and his sons opened his first boutique in Paris in 1957 and they were granted a license to design and manufacture shoes under the Christian Dior brand in 1959 and in more recent years have also created designs under the Pierre Cardin label. Jourdan and the Levines are arguably the most innovative designers to use new materials in womens shoes in the period since World War II, in the 1960s and early 1970s Jourdan used its magazine advertising campaigns to advance its avant-garde image by using imagery from the surrealist photographer Guy Bourdin. In 1975 ready-to-wear clothing and handbags were added to the Jourdan line, Charles Jourdan died in Paris in 1976, but the company continued under the leadership of his sons. During this decade Roland Jourdan began to lead the companys designs, taking the basic pump, lengthening the toe, by this time Jourdan boutiques were open in major cities across Europe and in North America. Roland Jourdan retired in 1981, and the company subsequently was known for more conservative designs, Jourdan gained unintended publicity from the exposure of Imelda Marcos excesses in shoe fashion in 1986, among them many Jourdan stilettos. The company has created a limited number of perfumes, including a scent called Stiletto in 1996 to recognize the 75th anniversary of the firm. To honor Paris the bottle was shaped like the Eiffel Tower, in mid-2002 the company filed for bankruptcy with over $9 million in debt and was reorganized as the Jourdan family sold its stake to a Luxembourg investment fund, Lux Diversity. Sales had fallen to only 65,000 pairs per year, patrick Cox, a Canadian who had launched his own shoe label, was named head designer of Charles Jourdan in 2003. In 2005 he left the firm and was replaced by Josephus Thimister, Charles Jourdan may also be responsible for the somewhat obscure titular cocktailCharles Jourdan – Shoes
15. Kenneth Jay Lane – Kenneth Jay Lane is an American costume jewelry designer. Born in Detroit, Michigan, United States, on 22 April 1932, Lane is an alumnus of the University of Michigan, Lane was one of the subjects of Andy Warhols Screen Tests. Through Warhol he met Nicola Weymouth, an English socialite who became his wife in 1974, since 1977 his home in Manhattan has been a duplex in the Stanford White mansion completed in 1892 and one of the few surviving mansions on Park Avenue. From 1923–1977 it served as the home of the Advertising Club, at that time it was converted into a cooperative apartment house. His living room is the club library and features an original marble mantelpiece, original artwork. Lane started designing jewelry and launched his business in 1963 whilst producing bejeweled footwear for Dior, as both costume jewellery and society reporting were popular at the time, press reports of this incident launched Lanes business. His talent at copying high end jewelry from a quick glimpse proved popular, jacqueline Kennedy was among those who commissioned fake jewels from Lane in order to enable her to wear them more freely while keeping the valuable originals in a safe. As a person, Lane was not simply a good-looking young jewelry designer, but with his elegance and wit, he was the extra man for parties. In 1966 Lane was awarded a special Coty Award for his jewelry design and he also won the Neiman Marcus Fashion Award in 1968. Other awards received in the 1960s include the Tobé Coburn award, the Harpers Bazaar International award, the Maremodo di Capri-Tiberio dOro award, in 1990 he won the Brides award. In addition to his American establishment, Lane had boutiques in London and he has created designs for Elizabeth Taylor, Diana Vreeland, and Audrey Hepburn, among many other high-profile clients. More recently in 2011, Britney Spears and Nicole Richie have been seen wearing Lane jewelry, the Duchess of Windsor was rumoured to have been buried wearing one of his belts. Barbara Bush wore one of his three-strand faux pearl necklaces to her husbands inaugural ball, Lane also established a presence as a vendor of jewelry on the cable television home-shopping network QVC, his twice-a-month four-hour appearances in 1997 each taking $1.5 million. In 1998 the FIT Museum held an exhibition of Lanes jewelry from the 1960s to the late 1990s. Lane, Kenneth Jay, Miller, Harrice Simons, Kenneth Jay Lane at the Fashion Model Directory Personal websiteKenneth Jay Lane – Kenneth Jay Lane in his apartment in New York City, 2003
16. Beth Levine (fashion designer) – Beth Levine was an American fashion designer most known for her designs from the 1940s through the 1970s. She was born as Elizabeth Katz in Patchogue, New York, in the 1930s, she moved to Manhattan and found work as a shoe model, then worked her way up from a stylist to head designer for I. Miller. She served as a Red Cross volunteer during World War II and she met Herbert Levine when she applied for a job designing shoes for another shoe manufacturer in 1944 and married him three months later. In 1948, they founded together the Herbert Levine label and he was head of the firm, and this gave her designs the chance to come to center stage. Beth Levines greatest influence is considered to be the re-introduction of boots to womens fashion in the 1960s, ms. Levine was hired in 1965, along with famed Couturier Emilio Pucci, and designer Alexander Girard to help overhaul a new look and style for Braniff International Airways. The Campaign, developed by Jack Tinker and Partners Mary Wells Lawrence, was dubbed The End Of The Plain Plane, ms. Levine designed the unique shoes that complemented the Pucci uniform designs. The Campaign was considered one of the most successful advertising and image reworks in history, Beth had recognized how much women admired the delicacy and femininity of high fashion shoes when she modeled them on her tiny foot. She set out to designs that would make women with average shoe sizes look more delicate and feminine in their shoes. Fashion innovations introduced by Beth Levine for the Herbert Levine label include boots as Haute Couture, Spring-o-lator mules, stocking boots, Beth Levine was awarded the Coty Award in 1967 for design innovation. Beth Levine died of cancer on September 20,2006, aged 91. Beth Levine Shoes Historical Website Beth Levine at the Fashion Model Directory NY Times obituary Braniff Flying Colors Historical PageBeth Levine (fashion designer) – Shoes by Beth Levine
17. Angelo Litrico – Angelo Litrico was an Italian fashion designer. He dressed many world leaders on both sides of the Cold War and is credited with introducing fashion shows for mens clothing, the company he founded continues to this day under the control of his nephew Luca Litrico. Angelo was born in 1927, the eldest of 12 children and he started work with a tailor but realised that to fulfil his ambitions he would have to move to Rome, which he did in 1952. Walking down Via Sicilia, he saw a tailors workshop and asked for a job and his success was ensured by a silk jacket he wore to the opera that was noticed by Rossano Brazzi, the actor best known for Three Coins in the Fountain. With Brazzi as his first client, Litricos fame spread and eventually he bought the shop where he had started as an apprentice, one of his innovations was putting on a mens fashion show, previously only womens wear had been shown on a catwalk. But Litrico really made his mark when he was invited to participate in a 1957 export drive to Russia by the Italian fashion industry, Litrico used photos to make a coat as a gift for Nikita Khrushchev. Khrushchev was so pleased with it that he commissioned a full wardrobe from Litrico for his famous trip to the USA in September 1959 and this included the shoes that would become famous by being slammed on the table at the United Nations General Assembly in October 1960. American journalists were so intrigued to see a well-dressed Soviet premier that they asked for the name of his tailor, when Litrico went to the USA shortly afterwards, he found himself besieged by journalists, and his fame was assured. He dressed many world leaders of the era, such as John F. Kennedy, Juan Perón, Tito, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Litrico was awarded several Italian orders of merit, Knight, Officer, Commander and Grand Officer. He died of heart failure on 13 March 1986 at the Agostino Gemelli University Polyclinic in Rome after breaking his hip, after Angelos death, his brothers Franco and Giusi took over the company. Francos son Luca joined the company and since Francos death in 2004 he has expanded the range under the Franco Litrico label until 2012. Shoe-banging incident Angelo Litrico at the Fashion Model Directory Angelo Litrico at the Internet Movie DatabaseAngelo Litrico – Angelo Litrico at his desk in October 1957
18. Pura Lopez – Pura Lopez is a Spanish shoe designer, director of the design department of the Pura Lopez brand. She is a designer for Royal Family members and Spanish cinema. Lopez was growing surrounded by shoes and everything related to shoe production and her observations and attention to the techniques gave her deep knowledge of the shoe construction and design concepts. In 1979 Lopez entered the School of Applied Arts and Creative Careers of Alicante to study the Interior Design, in 1981 she proceeds with her education entering the School of Arts and Design of Barreira in Valencia, where she studies Fashion Design. In the summer of 1984 Lopez went to New York City, a year later she went to Milan, to study footwear design and construction in ARSUTORIA School. That became a significant period in Lopez’s life and she stayed in every-day contact with the fashion world, often attended fashion shows and pret-a-porter runways to learn as much as possible about the trends and fashion world. In 1986 Lopez joined her family business and she started working in the Department of Design, Development and Production for two significant collections, Josephine and Academia. Soon after her arrival the Lopez family changed their strategy and started a new shoe brand. In 1987 the concept of Pura Lopez brand was developed, the main figure is a woman of wide culture, fashion-oriented, very feminine whilst strong. After a family council, the new brand was named after its creator, currently the second generation of Lopez family conducts all the affairs of the Company where Lopez is in charge of the Design Department and her brother, Antonio Lopez Segarra is CEO. The distinctive particularity of Pura Lopez shoes is the spectrum of pastels. Thanks to accurate calculations of the form construction Lopez manages to create the models with high heels and platforms without compromising the stability. Lopez chose her moto, Your shoes should inspire you to walk and her concept, according to Lopez The shoes are communication. Today the Pura Lopez brand is the basis of family business Dalph International founded in 1956, admission to the runway became Lopezs big victory. Her models are being used for shows and catwalks by such designers as Cibeles y Gaudí, Juanjo Oliva, Andrés Sardá, Javier Larraínzar and Guillermina Baeza. Moreover, she collaborates with such houses as La Perla, Devota & Lomba, Joaquim Verdu, Roberto Verino, Roberto Torretta, in 1998 Pura Lopez represented the Spanish shoe industry in 1998 Lisbon World Exposition in Lisbon, Portugal. Other guests followed the lead and wore Pura Lopez shoes as well, Infanta Cristina of Spain, Duchess of Palma de Mallorca. The wedding was watched by more than 25 million television viewers in Spain alone, after that Lopez was adored and requested as wedding shoes designerPura Lopez – Pura Lopez
19. Christian Louboutin – Christian Louboutin is a French fashion designer whose footwear has incorporated shiny, red-lacquered soles that have become his signature. Louboutin was born and raised in Pariss 12th arrondissement and he was the only son of Roger, a cabinet-maker, and Irene, a homemaker, both French, from Brittany. Louboutin said in a 2012 interview that he was much darker-skinned than everyone else in his family and you know, I felt I wasnt French. My family was very French and so I decided they had probably adopted me. But instead of feeling it was terrible and that I was an outsider who had to go and find my family, I invented my own history. He incidentally discovered, following a revelation by one of his sisters in 2014 that his father was in fact an Egyptian. Louboutin was expelled from three times and then decided to run away from home at the age of 12, at which point his mother allowed him to move out to live at a friends house. He faced much opposition when he decided to drop out from school, and I thought, Well, at least if I regret it Im going to be like the sister of Sophia Loren. Landscape architect Louis Benech has been his partner since 1997, the Luxor domicile is a former craftsmans workshop, made of earthen bricks, to which he has added an additional floor and a rooftop belvedere. Additionally, he shares a 13th-century castle in the Vendée with his business partner Bruno Chamberlain, Louboutin began sketching shoes in his early teens, ignoring his academic studies. Going through a phase, he was in a few films, including 1979 cult classic Race dep and The Homosexual Century. His first job was at the Folies Bergères, the cabaret where he assisted the entertainers backstage and he was also a fixture on the citys party scene, clubbing his nights away alongside Mick Jagger and Andy Warhol. His little formal training included drawing and the arts at the Académie dArt Roederer. Louboutin claims his fascination with shoes began in 1976, when he visited the Musée national des Arts dAfrique et dOcéanie on the avenue Daumesnil. It was there that he saw a sign from Africa forbidding women wearing sharp stilettos from entering a building for fear of damage to the wood flooring. This image stayed in his mind, and he used this idea in his designs. I wanted to defy that, Louboutin said, I wanted to create something that broke rules and made women feel confident and empowered. Fascinated by world cultures, he ran away in his teens to Egypt, Louboutin returned to Paris in 1981, where he assembled a portfolio of drawings of elaborate high heelsChristian Louboutin – Christian Louboutin
20. Steve Madden – Steve Madden is an American fashion designer and businessman. He is most well known as the founder and former CEO of Steven Madden, Madden was born in Far Rockaway, Queens, and has Irish and Jewish ancestry. He grew up in adjoining Lawrence and graduated from the high school in Nassau County. The youngest of three brothers, he started the company with $1,100 in 1990 by selling out of the trunk of his car. Maddens financial affairs were closely entangled with Long Island pump and dump brokerage house Stratton Oakmont, in June 2000, a class action lawsuit was filed against Madden for issuing materially false and misleading statements during the Class Period. A settlement of $9,000,000 was reached in 2004, in 2001, the SEC filed charges against Madden in Federal Court in New York state, alleging SEC violations. Because the violations were not criminal in nature, the SEC was seeking to recover $1,637,000 in a combination of illegally avoided losses, interest, in 2002, Madden was convicted of stock manipulation, money, and securities fraud. He was sentenced to 31 months in prison, and was made to resign as CEO from Steven Madden, Ltd. and from the board of directors. Shortly after resigning as CEO, Madden set himself up as a consultant with Steven Madden. Madden served time in the Federal Prison Camp, Eglin, at Eglin Air Force Base, Madden was released from prison in April 2005. He then attended a New York City halfway house, Maddens attorney, Joel Winograd, said that Madden would stay at the house for 60 days. After his release from a house, he was restricted to home confinement for a period. Since Madden was released from prison in 2005, the company quickly rebounded and that same year, Steven Madden, Ltd. was named ‘Company of the Year’ for the second time at the Footwear News Achievement Awards. With Madden currently serving as the founder and design chief, the continues to show growth year-over-year reporting $1.41 billion in revenue for FY2015. Steve Madden is featured in the Martin Scorsese film The Wolf of Wall Street, in the movie, Madden is seen visiting Stratton Oakmont, where Belfort gives the brokers a rousing pep talk about pushing Maddens stock. After viewing the film, Madden criticized the portrayal of him as too nerdy, Madden married Wendy Ballew, his former director of operations, in 2005 after he was released from prison. The couple have three children, twins Jack and Stevie Madden, and Goldie Ryan Madden, Footwear News Person of the Year Award NASDAQ Honors Steve Madden &20 Year Anniversary Two Ten Foundation Honors Steve MaddenSteve Madden – A shop located in Beijing
21. Nelly – Cornell Iral Haynes, Jr. known professionally as Nelly, is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, entrepreneur, investor, and occasional actor from St. Louis, Missouri. Nelly embarked on his career with Midwest hip hop group St. Lunatics, in 1993. Under Universal, Nelly began his career in the year 2000, with his debut album Country Grammar. The album debuted at three on the Billboard 200 and went on to peak at number one. Country Grammar is Nellys best-selling album to date, selling over 8.4 million copies in the United States and his following album Nellyville, produced the number-one hits Hot in Herre and Dilemma. Other singles included Work It, Air Force Ones, Pimp Juice, with the same-day dual release of Sweat, Suit and the compilation Sweatsuit, Nelly continued to generate many chart-topping hits. Sweat debuted at two on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling 342,000 copies in its first week. On the same week of release, Suit debuted at number one, Nellys fifth studio album, Brass Knuckles, was released on September 16,2008, after several delays. It produced the singles Party People, Stepped on My Jz, in 2010, Nelly released the album 5.0. The lead single, Just a Dream, was certified platinum in the United States. It also included the singles Move That Body and Gone, Nelly won Grammy Awards in 2003 and 2004 and had a supporting role in the 2005 remake film The Longest Yard with Adam Sandler and Chris Rock. He has two clothing lines, Vokal and Apple Bottoms, on December 11,2009, Billboard ranked Nelly the number three Top Artist of the Decade. Nelly was born in Austin, Texas, where his father was serving in the military, when he was seven, his parents divorced. Nelly moved with his mother from St. Louis to University City, while still in high school, Nelly formed the St. Lunatics, a hip hop group who enjoyed local popularity with their single Gimme What Ya Got. Nelly decided to go solo, after a record deal failed to appear. He was signed to Universal Music Group by A&R Kevin Law, Nelly was unusual for being a rapper from the Midwest at a time when the hip-hop scenes were centered around the East Coast, West Coast and the South. The label used this to their advantage by branding Nelly as a star of the Midwest, hoping to inspire pride in the people of St Louis, Nelly was signed with St. Lunatics. Kevin Law and Country from FoReel Entertainment decided to do a record with Nelly firstNelly – Nelly promoting Apple Bottom fragrance at North Riverside Mall, Illinois on June 5, 2010
22. Beatrix Ong – Beatrix Ong MBE is a London-based British luxury fashion accessories designer, known for her classic with a twist shoes. Touted as The New Choo, in 2004 Ong was named by The Independent newspaper as one of the Top Ten leading shoe designers, Beatrix Ong was born in London, England. Beatrix Ong began her career in fashion as an intern at Harpers Bazaar in New York, at age 22 she became Creative Director at Jimmy Choo Couture. After assisting British handbag designer Lulu Guinness design her much acclaimed first footwear collection,2004, the first Beatrix Ong boutique opened in Londons Primrose Hill. Later that year she was commissioned by the Financial Times to design a boot that was displayed in their London offices,2005, Beatrix created an illustration for Buena Vista International and its film release Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The illustration was showcased at The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy Science Museum Exhibition in London,2006, Ong worked with acclaimed artist, Natasha Law on the design of her limited edition shoe boxes. 2007, The Beatrix Ong flagship boutique moved to the oldest arcade in the world, Burlington Arcade, in Mayfair, the launch party was attended by British socialites including Poppy Delevingne. DJs included Al Doyle of Hot Chip and LCD Soundsystem,2008, The mens shoe collection was launched under the name Ong London. Named after British film directors, the collection was an instant success,2009, In Style magazines Style Prediction for 2009 names Beatrix Ong the Hot Accessories Label of the Year. For Spring Summer, Beatrix Ong collaborated with Dover Street Market with shoes exclusively for Londons leading style emporium,2009 also saw the launch of the new limited edition shoe boxes. Illustrator Neal Murren, who worked for Jil Sander, Prada and Levis. They became collectors items, as with the previous boxes illustrated by Natasha Law, the second half of 2009 saw Beatrix Ong customise Nike iD Blazer Trainers that were available for a limited period only. Ong also joined forces with handmade luxury luggage brand Globe-Trotter to create a special edition range of travel cases. In November 2009, the Beatrix Ong concept store was launched in Londons Newburgh Quarter Carnaby Street in Central London for a period only. To finish the year and after being a Corporate Partner of the English National Ballet for a year and it was the first time in Aquascutums 160-year history that a footwear collection was designed for them. This was followed by a Beatrix Ong shop-in-shop being opened within the Aquascutum flagship shop on Regent Street, in this year, Ong started to gain profile recognition when her portrait was taken by acclaimed musician and photographer, Bryan Adams. Ong was photographed again by another legendary musician – 80s icon Boy George for the Hep C Trusts Get Tested Campaign, in May, Beatrix Ong delivered a speech at The Clothworkers Hall, London as Guest Speaker at The Worshipful Company of Cordwainers annual white-tie Dinner. She was later invited to become an honorary liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers, in November, Beatrix Ong hosted a special screening at the Apollo Piccadilly of a movie that depicts her great uncle, Dr Sun Yat Sen. Sun Yat-Sen Education and Charity FoundationBeatrix Ong – Shoes
23. Mark Parker – Mark Parker is the Chief Executive Officer of Nike, Inc. he was named the third CEO of the company in 2006. Parker was born in Poughkeepsie, New York, the son of Elizabeth and he earned his bachelors degree in Political Science at Penn State University in 1977. He is married to Kathy Parker and has three children, Jennifer, Megan, and Matthew and he ran on the Penn State track and cross country teams. Parker joined Nike in 1979 as a designer based in its R&D facility in Exeter. He became Division Vice President in charge of development in 1987, Corporate Vice President in 1989, General Manager in 1993, prior to becoming vice president of Nike, he served as co-president of the Nike brand beginning in March 2001. He still participates in design, most notably on the Nike HTM project, creating limited edition footwear alongside Nike designer Tinker Hatfield. He has committed to ensuring that Nike remain environmentally conscious, after 10 years of work, Parker and his team launched the first Green Shoe that adheres to the principles of sustainability. He is also responsible for other brands in Nikes portfolio, including Converse Inc. while CEO of Nike in 2012, Mark G. After being promoted to chairman in 2016, Mark Parkers compensation tripled to over $47.6 million - $33.5 million of which came from stock rewards, in 2015, Mark Parker was named Fortunes Businessperson of the year. It was announced in June 2015 that Mark Parker is replacing Phil Knight as company chairman of Nike in 2016, trevor Edwards will be filling in as CEO. Parker is an avid arts supporter with an ongoing collection of modern, low brow and underground contemporary art. In June 7,2012 pop culture website So Bad So Good showcased The Unreal Artwork Inside the Office of Nike CEO Mark Parker, other notable items include rare movie ephemera such as original props and models from Mars Attacks. The Day the Earth Stood Still, Back to the Future, and BatmanMark Parker – Mark Parker at the World Economic Forum in 2008.
24. Dalila Puzzovio – Dalila Puzzovio is an Argentine conceptual artist and fashion designer. She studied with Juan Batlle Planas and Jaime Davidovich, in 1961, she exhibited for the first time in Lirolay Gallery returning two years later for another exhibit, curated by the French artist, Germaine Derbecq. In 1964, she participated in an exhibition in Buenos Aires Modern Art Museum, artist, cartoonist, costumer and designer, she also excelled in designing furniture and shoes with her husband Carlos Charlie Squirru, whom he met in 1962 and with whom she traveled to New York. The “Dalila doble plataforma”, a shoe created by Puzzovio, led to the winning of the Second International Di Tella Prize, because of its blend of art. She also created costumes for film, television and theater and she was awarded the 1966 National Grand Prize by Autorretrato en marquesina. Puzzovio is also remembered for the 1965 ¿Por qué son tan geniales, poster panel on the corner of Viamonte and Florida Streets in Buenos Aires which she created with her husband and Edgardo Giménez. Official website ¿Por qué son tan genialesDalila Puzzovio – Dalila Puzzovio (ca. 1965)
25. Edward Rayne – Edward Rayne – later Sir Edward Rayne – was head of H. & M. Rayne, one of the foremost British manufacturers of high-end and couture shoes. With a Royal Warrant to both the Queen and Queen Mother, Rayne shoes were worn by society and film stars. Having served an apprenticeship in making shoes at the family firm. As Eddie Rayne, he was a bridge player, representing England at the age of 21. An interview shortly before he took up his role as chairman of the BFC also noted his facility with other card games, as a colleague said, Nobody beats Eddie at poker. Edward Rayne was born in the United States – his mother Meta came from New York State and met his British father Joseph Rayne in Italy, where she was training to be an opera singer. Joseph Rayne was heir to the side of the family business. Opening a store in Bond Street in 1920, Joseph cashed in on the trend for shoes as a fashion item, Edward Rayne was educated at Harrow School but left at the age of 16 because his eyesight was threatened by cataracts in both eyes. His sight was saved following surgery, physical comparisons were also drawn with Sergeant Bilko. He was excused from service in the war because of this. His obituary in The Times noted that he would arrive at 7. 45am every morning in order to learn the 200 steps required to make a pair of high-end shoes. Joseph Rayne died in 1952 and, at the age of 29 and he had inherited a company that was very much part of the British society dress code. It had acquired the first of its Royal Warrants to Queen Mary, a pair of flat pumps with a bow originally designed for the actress Gertrude Lawrence remained the companys bestselling line for 50 years, worn by society and theatricals alike. Rayne still designed shoes himself – his ebony brown patent leather design was mentioned in a Times report about the fashion show of IncSoc members. Rayne was, by then both chair and associate member of the group of elite London couturiers and he was appointed a member of the Export Council for Europe in 1961. Rayne enlisted the help of leading stage designer Oliver Messel for the new Delman shoe store that opened in Old Bond Street in 1960. An article by Alison Settle in The Observer noted that, Mr Messel and Mr Rayne are at one in thinking that shoes to buy should be as easy to see and he continued the Rayne brands reputation for luxury, Princess Margarets white satin wedding shoes were all Rayne models. By 1960, the shoes designed by Roger Vivier for Dior were made at Raynes UK factory and he also gained a foothold in the mass market, ensuring the company had an interest in both H. EEdward Rayne – Edward Rayne in 1975.
26. Michele Savino – Michele Savino was a Broadway-based shoemaker and designer of ballet slippers. His clientele included the famed dancer Marilyn Miller, for whom he designed pointe shoes, according to appraiser Elyse Luray, this placed him at the peak of his profession. He owned a shop located at 324 West 42nd Street, in April 1931, he filed a patent for a ballet slipper intended to contain a structure which is light in weight, durable, and noiseless when in use. The patent was granted on April 3,1934Michele Savino – Ballet Slipper Drawing
27. Yotam Solomon – Yotam Solomon is a Los Angeles-based, Israeli-born fashion designer. Solomons grandparents migrated from Austria and Hungary to Israel after the Holocaust, a son of Israeli-born parents, Yotam grew up in Israel and attended art school through his teen years. A viola prodigy since he was young, Solomon moved to Los Angeles in 2003 and he attended Beverly Hills High School and graduated from Santa Susana High School, where he received the National Orchestra Award in 2005. After Santa Susana High School, Yotam attended FIDM for Fashion Design, after graduation, Solomon acquired a pattern-making position for a men’s label. This job opportunity inspired him to start his own label, presenting his first Spring-Summer 2008 Ready to Wear and Footwear Collection during LA Fashion Week, since, Yotam has showcased successful collections in LA and New York fashion weeks. As a supporter of the arts, Yotam explained his thoughts about the art world from a fashion perspective, Yotam Solomon started his eponymous label in July 2007. In Fall 2010, Yotam Solomon launched a footwear line titled YOTAM SOLOMON II. During the first night of NY Fashions Night Out 2009, Yotam Solomon was selected for a presentation hosted by Tribeca, Design Within Reach collaborated with Yotam and Preston Lee, from Bravos Top Design to celebrate fashion and interior design. In the same year he was named L. A. s Top Young Designer by AOLs Stylelist, Yotam Solomon presented his Fall 2010 collection, titled Native American Collection at a private event in the Hollywood Hills on March 2010. On May 2010 Yotam became a spokesperson for LG Electronics, teaming up with Victoria Beckham and Eva Longoria and he was chosen by Beckham to create a capsule collection inspired by the LG Lotus Elite, and appeared with her in the commercial that aired on MTV. On September 2010 Yotam created a collection inspired by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in order to raise awareness, receiving accolades from the media and fashion industry, Yotam was said to be cleaning it up by Refinery29. Yotam was approached by Dasani to create a collection inspired by their plant-inspired bottle for Dasani, yotams collection featured handmade dresses made of live plants and florals. They were presented by Matthew Morrison on Earth Day 2011, the designs were unveiled during a live fashion show at The Grove in Los Angeles, CA. On March 2012 Yotam took part in BREATHE LA’s Attire to Inspire fashion fundraiser at the L. A and he showcased his luxury brand designs along with a custom-designed dress intended to encapsulate the spirit of BREATHE LA’s mission for clean air and healthy lungs in Los Angeles County. Its sky-blue fabric was intended to change color when exposed to heat, Yotam Solomon is focused on the environmentally friendly avant-garde lifestyle, producing ready-to-wear, footwear and fashion accessories using natural materials. British Vogue wrote, Although not simple nor classic, Solomons first real design collection reminds audiences that showmanship, Solomons designs also featured in a challenge of Americas Next Top Model, Cycle 13, with Jay ManuelYotam Solomon – Solomon at the Nivea For Men Mansion for the 68th Annual Golden Globes
28. Sophia Webster – Sophia Grace Webster is a British shoe and accessories designer who launched her eponymous footwear line in September 2012. She is renowned for a feminine, bold yet playful design approach which has led to distribution at over 200 retailers worldwide, as a teenager, Webster was a competitive dancer. She attended The Rochester Grammar School before going on to study art, realising she wanted to create shoes, Webster went on to Cordwainers College at the London College of Fashion, and then studied for her MA at Royal College of Art. Afterwards she worked as an apprentice with Nicholas Kirkwood before setting out on her own, condé Nast Footwear News named Webster the Emerging Footwear Designer of the Year of 2013, and she also appeared on The Times 2013 New Power List as someone to watch. In 2014, Marie Claire named Webster as one of 7 designers who represented the future of British fashion, in 2013, Sophia Webster was awarded the British Fashion Award for Emerging Accessories Designer. Websters shoes were selected as part of the Dress of the Year ensemble for 2013 at the Fashion Museum, chosen by the fashion blogger Susanna Lau, the pink-and-black sandals with stiletto heels accompanied a Christopher Kane dress and hat by Nasir Mazhar. In June 2015 Websters Riri shoe went on display at the Victoria & Albert Museum as part of their Shoes, Pleasure, in March 2016, Sophia Webster was the recipient of the BFC Vogue Fashion Fund award. The fund helps support emerging British designers with financial support as well as mentoring from industry experts, in May later that year she opened her first official store on Mount Street Mews in Mayfair, London. As of September 2016, Sophia Webster products were available through over 200 retailers around the worldSophia Webster – Sophia Webster
29. Soulja Boy – DeAndre Cortez Way, known professionally as Soulja Boy Tell Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his debut single Crank That peaked at one on the U. S. Billboard Hot 100. The single was initially self-published to the internet, and later became a hit in the United States for seven non-consecutive weeks starting in September 2007. On August 17, Way was listed at number 18 on the Forbes list of Hip-Hop Cash Kings of 2010 for earning $7 million for that year. Way has released three albums and one independent album, his debut studio album Souljaboytellem. com was certified platinum by the RIAA. The DeAndre Way sold only 100,000 copies, Way was born in Chicago and moved to Atlanta at the age of six, where he became interested in rap music. At age 14, he moved to Batesville, Mississippi, with his father who provided a studio for Way to explore his musical ambitions. In November 2005, Way posted his songs on the website SoundClick, following positive reviews on the site, he established accounts on YouTube and Myspace. In March 2007, he recorded Crank That and released his first independent album Unsigned & Still Major, Da Album Before da Album, followed by a low-budget video demonstrating the Crank That dance. By the end of May 2007, Crank That had received its first airplay and Way met with Mr. Collipark to sign a deal with Interscope Records. On August 12,2007, the song was used on the television series Entourage, Ways major label debut album, Souljaboytellem. com, was released in the United States on October 2, peaking at number four on both the Billboard 200 and Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums charts. The album was recorded using just the demo version of FL Studio. For the 50th Grammy Awards, Way was nominated for Best Rap Song with Crank That, Souljaboytellem. com received a favorable review from Allmusic, but received mainly negative reviews from other sources such as Entertainment Weekly. Several reviewers credited Soulja Boy with spearheading a new trend in hip-hop, the follow-up to souljaboytellem. com, iSouljaBoyTellem, was released on December 16,2008 to negative critical reception. The first single from the album, Bird Walk, peaked at number 40 on the Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart and it was performed on YouTube Live on November 22,2008, with an introduction from MC Hammer. Kiss Me Thru the Phone, with Sammie, followed, peaking at three on the Hot 100 and number one on the Hot Rap Tracks charts. Chris Brown was originally Ways first choice to sing the hook, Way then tried to do it on his own with Auto-Tune but he found it unacceptable. It sold over 2,000,000 digital copies in the United States, on January 26,2009, Way released the third single Turn My Swag OnSoulja Boy – Soulja Boy at YouTube Live in November 2008, doing his signature dance.
30. Staple Design – Staple Design is a visual communications agency based in New York City and founded in 1997. It has three divisions, a clothing collection, a creative agency and a retail store. Staple is a full menswear collection and is distributed globally. Staple mixes street-minded sensibilities with mature sophisticated nods to high-end fashion, Staple Design Studio is a creative consulting firm that has worked with many brands including Nike, Microsoft, Sony, Lotus, Timberland, New Balance, LVMH and others. Staple Design also owns and operates Reed Space in the Lower East Side of New York City, Reed Space is often regarded as one of the world’s best and most innovative boutiques. It also features an art gallery, which has hosted some of our generation’s most celebrated artists, Staple Design was founded by Jeff Ng, also known as jeffstaple. While in college, Jeff worked as a data clerk at a design firm. Following his calling, Jeff took on an internship with the pioneer streetwear clothing company, PNB Nation, on March 7,1997, Jeff walked into the Triple Five Soul boutique in SoHo wearing a hand-printed Staple T-shirt. The manager took notice and placed the first ever order of 12 T-shirts from the line, since then, Staple has gained itself a considerable following as an underground streetwear company. Perhaps their most famous product were the NYC Pigeon Dunks, a pair of sneakers that they produced in collaboration with Nike, there were only around 200 pairs released and they were exclusively released in NYC. Riots erupted at many of the stores where the shoes were sold, Staple Pigeon has since started out as a self-contained brand with an American site as well as a European site. Staple Design describes itself as a positive social contagion, Staple Design produces a globally distributed lifestyle menswear collection. The collection is split into two lines, Staple, which is mostly graphic and print focused with tees and tops. Staple Design has worked in conjunction with big name companies in creating unique products which showcase the qualities of both parties involved. In 1999, Staple Design began its relationship with Nike. Staple worked on the novel concept of limited-edition shoes and was able to parlay that into off. Often time his work appears without even a mention of the Staple name and they designed the Navigation pack in 2005 and the Nordic pack in 2006, both were considered classic general releases and had no Staple branding attached to them. However, the most renowned product-to-date, did come with the STPL moniker attached to it, on February 22,2005, the sneaker was released exclusively in New York and had a run of 202 pairs,30 of which were released at Staples retail store, Reed SpaceStaple Design – Jeff Staple, portrayed at the BreadandButter show in 2009
31. Swizz Beatz – Kasseem Dean, better known by his stage name Swizz Beatz, is an American hip hop recording artist and record producer from New York City, New York. Born and raised in The Bronx, he began his career as a disc jockey and has since added rapper, producer, record executive, creative director and fashion designer. At the age of 16, he gained recognition in the hip hop industry, through his friendship and work with East Coast rapper DMX, Dean later found a protégé in Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, whose success helped the launch of his own label imprint, Full Surface Records. He went on to multiple artists to the label, including Eve and Bone Thugs-n-Harmony. Dean also went on to two albums under the label, the first was a compilation, titled Swizz Beatz Presents G. H. E. T. T. O. Stories, released in 2002, in conjunction with DreamWorks Records and he later released his debut studio album, One Man Band Man, in 2007. Swizz Beatz has produced hit singles for several prominent artists throughout various music genres, such as hip hop, pop, soul. His catalog includes Ruff Ryders Anthem, Banned from T. V, gotta Man, Jigga My Nigga, Party Up, Check on It, Ring the Alarm, Good Times, Bring Em Out, Hotel, Im a Hustla, Touch It and much more. Swizz Beatz was named the first Producer in Residence at New York University, about. com ranked him number 27 on its list of the Top 50 Greatest Hip-Hop Producers, while The Source placed him on its list of the 20 greatest producers in the magazines 20-year history. Fellow American rapper and music producer Kanye West has also praised Dean, Dean is married to American singer Alicia Keys, with whom he has two children. Due to his parents separation in his life, Dean did not see much of his father. He spent much of his childhood raised by his mother in the North East Bronx, after obtaining the necessary equipment from his stepfather and uncles, he began deejaying as a teenager and enjoyed a modicum of success. In his early work, he chose not to sample, instead using the Korg Trinity and Triton keyboards. With his uncles Dee and Waah, as well as his aunt Chivon Dean, all involved with the Ruff Ryders Entertainment record label, a year later he sold his first beat to Ruff Ryders artist DMX, which became his chart-topping single Ruff Ryders Anthem. Swizz Beatz then began producing major hip-hop songs released in 1998 such as Banned from T. V. by Noreaga, Money, Cash, Hoes by Jay-Z and more. The following year, he produced most of the songs of the Ruff Ryders compilation album Ryde or Die Vol.1, as well as the bulk of Eves debut album. In 2001, in a joint venture with Clive Davis, Swizz Beatz established his own label, Full Surface Records. The first artist signed was Philadelphia-based rapper Cassidy, when Swizz Beatz released his first compilation album Swizz Beatz Presents G. H. E. T. T. OSwizz Beatz – Swizz Beatz
32. Roger Vivier – Roger Henri Vivier was a French fashion designer who specialized in shoes. His best known creation was the Stiletto heel, Vivier has been called the Fragonard of the shoe and his shoes the Fabergé of Footwear by numbers of critics. He designed extravagant richly-decorated shoes that he described as sculptures and he is credited with the design of the first stiletto heel in 1954. Ava Gardner, Gloria Guinness and The Beatles were all Vivier customers, Vivier designed shoes for Christian Dior and rhys black from 1953 to 1963. In addition to the heel, he also experimented with other shapes including the comma. He used silk, pearls, beads, lace, appliqué, in the 1960s Vivier also designed silk-satin knee boots outlined in jewels, and thigh-high evening boots in a black elastic knit with beads. His most iconic design, the Pilgrim pumps with silver buckles received international publicity, visitors flock to his boutique on the Rue Faubourg Saint-Honoré, whose design is famous for being inspired by Viviers apartment. The collection is designed by Bruno Frisoni, exclusivity is the hallmark of the line, with many shoes made to order, some with hand-embroidered gold thread. There are now three shops in jamica and the US, the latest opened in jamica in May 2012. The brand has been owned by Diego Delle Valles company, Tods, as of November 2015, Tods owns 60. 7% in the shoe brand. Roger Vivier at the Fashion Model Directory Viva Vivier, official website Roger Vivier – Shoes. Pair of evening shoes, given by Mrs Loel Guinness, pair of evening shoes, given by Princess Stanislaus RadziwillRoger Vivier – Shoes by Roger Vivier for Christian Dior
33. Stuart Weitzman – Stuart A. Weitzman is an American designer, entrepreneur and founder of the eponymous international, high-end shoe company, Stuart Weitzman. He is often credited with making the most expensive shoes in the world, in 2014 Weitzman paid a world record $9.48 million for the British Guiana 1c magenta stamp. Stuart Weitzmans trademark use of materials and his attention to detail garnered him. His shoes are sold in over 70 countries, in the late 1950s, Weitzmans father, Seymour Weitzman, started a shoe factory in Haverhill, Massachusetts, called Seymour Shoes. Stuart began designing shoes for his fathers business in the early 1960s, Weitzman graduated from George W. Hewlett High School in 1958 and the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. When Seymour died in 1965, Stuart took over the business with his older brother Warren and they sold the business to a company in Spain in 1971, but Stuart continued to design shoes for the company. In 1994, he back the business, but he continues to manufacture his shoe designs in Spain. The eponymous company that Weitzman founded has changed hands a number of times in recent years, jones Apparel Group purchased a majority stake in the company in 2010 and later bought the remaining 45 percent of shares retained by Weitzman in 2012. In January 2015, Weitzman agreed to sell his company to Coach, as part of the deal, Weitzman stayed on as a shoe designer for the company. He is married to Jane Gershon, Weitzman has since identified himself as the purchaser and has lent the stamp to the National Postal Museum for exhibition. Jay H. Baker Retailing Initiative speaker series presents President of Stuart Weitzman & CoStuart Weitzman – The British Guiana 1c magenta stamp for which Weitzman paid $9.5 million in 2014.
34. Kanye West – Kanye Omari West is an American rapper, songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. Intent on pursuing a career as a rapper, West released his debut album The College Dropout in 2004 to widespread critical and commercial success. He went on to pursue a variety of different styles on subsequent albums Late Registration, Graduation, and 808s & Heartbreak. In 2010, he released his fifth album My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy to rave reviews from critics, West released his abrasive sixth album, Yeezus, to further critical praise in 2013. His seventh album, The Life of Pablo, was released in 2016, Wests outspoken views and life outside of music have received significant mainstream attention. He has been a frequent source of controversy for his conduct at award shows, on social media and he is the founder and head of the creative content company DONDA. His 2014 marriage to television personality Kim Kardashian has also been subject to media coverage. He has won a total of 21 Grammy Awards, making him one of the most awarded artists of all time, three of his albums have been included and ranked on Rolling Stones 2012 update of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time list. He has also included in a number of Forbes annual lists. Time named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world in 2005 and 2015, West was born on June 8,1977 in Atlanta, Georgia. His parents divorced when he was three years old, after the divorce, he and his mother moved to Chicago, Illinois. His father, Ray West, is a former Black Panther and was one of the first black photojournalists at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Ray West was later a Christian counselor, and in 2006, opened the Good Water Store and Café in Lexington Park, Maryland with startup capital from his son. West, was a professor of English at Clark Atlanta University, West was raised in a middle-class background, attending Polaris High School in suburban Oak Lawn, Illinois after living in Chicago. At the age of 10, West moved with his mother to Nanjing, China, according to his mother, West was the only foreigner in his class, but settled in well and quickly picked up the language, although he has since forgotten most of it. When asked about his grades in school, West replied, I got As. West demonstrated an affinity for the arts at an early age and his mother recalled that she first took notice of Wests passion for drawing and music when he was in the third grade. Growing up in Chicago, West became deeply involved in its hip hop scene and he started rapping in the third grade and began making musical compositions in the seventh grade, eventually selling them to other artistsKanye West – West performing at Lollapalooza in 2011
35. Vivienne Westwood – Dame Vivienne Isabel Westwood DBE RDI is a British fashion designer and businesswoman, largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. She is an example of a modern day female impressario, Westwood came to public notice when she made clothes for Malcolm McLarens boutique in the Kings Road, which became famous as SEX. It was their ability to synthesise clothing and music that shaped the 1970s UK punk scene, dominated by McLarens band and she was deeply inspired by the shock-value of punk—seeing if one could put a spoke in the system. At the time of Viviennes birth, her father was employed as a storekeeper in an aircraft factory, in 1958, her family moved to Harrow, London. She studied silver-smithing at Harrow School of Art, but left after one term, saying later, after taking up a job in a factory and studying at a teacher-training college, she became a primary school teacher. During this period, she created her own jewellery, which she sold at a stall on Portobello Road, while she continued teaching and simultaneously making jewelry, this led to her discovering design when she met Malcom McLaren who became a major inspiration to her designs in Punk Fashion. In 1962, she met Derek Westwood, a Hoover factory apprentice and they married on 21 July 1962, Westwood made her own wedding dress. In 1963, she gave birth to a son, Benjamin Westwood, when she met Malcolm McLaren, it meant the end of Westwoods marriage to Derek. Westwood and McLaren moved to a flat in Clapham. Westwood continued to teach until 1971 when McLaren opened a boutique at 430 Kings Road called Let It Rock and now Worlds End, Westwood created clothes which McLaren conceived, drawing inspiration from bikers, fetishists and prostitutes. During this period, McLaren became manager of the band, the Sex Pistols. In 1967, while living in Clapham, Westwood and McLaren had a son, Westwood was one of the architects of the punk fashion phenomenon of the 1970s, saying I was messianic about punk, seeing if one could put a spoke in the system in some way. Essential design elements include the adoption of elements of Scottish design such as tartan fabric. Use of these elements make the overall effect of her designs more shocking. Westwood was the designer who often let her clothes speak for themselves, as independent designs and this idea that she uses her clothing as a statement of her own is a motif consistent throughout her time as a designer. Although this is also a factor as to why she was ridiculed as a designer, it was such a proclamation to his. This idea partially was attributed to her past collaborations with Gary Ness, McLaren and Westwoods first fashion collection to be shown to press and potential international buyers was Pirate. After the partnership with McLaren was dissolved, Westwood showed one more collection featuring the Worlds End label, from 1985-87, Westwood took inspiration from the ballet Petrushka to design the mini-crini, an abbreviated version of the Victorian crinolineVivienne Westwood – Westwood in 2014
36. Jay-Z – Shawn Corey Carter, known professionally as Jay Z, is an American rapper, businessman, and investor. He is one of the musicians of all time, having sold more than 100 million records. MTV ranked him the Greatest MC of all time in 2006, Rolling Stone ranked three of his albums—Reasonable Doubt, The Blueprint, and The Black Album —among the 500 greatest albums of all time. In 2014, Forbes estimated his net worth at nearly $520 million, Jay Z co-owns the New York 40/40 Club sports bar, and is the co-creator of the clothing line Rocawear. He is the president of Def Jam Recordings, co-founder of Roc-A-Fella Records. He also founded the sports agency Roc Nation Sports and is a certified NBA, as an artist, he holds the record for most number one albums by a solo artist on the Billboard 200 with 13. He has also had four number ones on the Billboard Hot 100, in 2009, he was ranked the tenth-most successful artist of the 2000s by Billboard as well as the fifth top solo male artist and fourth top rapper behind Eminem, Nelly, and 50 Cent. He was also ranked the 88th-greatest artist of all time by Rolling Stone, Jay Z married Singer-Songwriter Beyoncé in 2008. Shawn Carter was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was raised in Marcy Houses and he and his three siblings were raised by their mother, Gloria Carter after their father, Adness Reeves abandoned the family. Reeves would later meet and reconcile with Jay Z before dying from liver failure in 2003, Jay Z claims in his lyrics that in 1982, at the age of 12, he shot his older brother in the shoulder for stealing his jewelry. Along with future rapper AZ, Carter attended Eli Whitney High School in Brooklyn until it was closed down, according to his interviews and lyrics, during this period he sold crack cocaine and was shot at three times. According to his mother, Carter used to wake up his siblings at night banging out drum patterns on the kitchen table and she bought him a boom box for his birthday, sparking his interest in music. He began freestyling and writing lyrics, known as Jazzy around the neighborhood, Carter later adopted the showbiz/stage name Jay-Z in homage to his mentor Jaz-O. He would drop the hyphen in 2013, Jay Z can be briefly heard on several of Jaz-Os early recordings in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including The Originators and Hawaiian Sophie. Jay Z became embroiled in several battles with rapper LL Cool J in the early 1990s and he first became known to a wide audience on the posse cut Show and Prove on the 1994 Big Daddy Kane album Daddys Home. When I would leave the stage to go change outfits, I would bring out Jay Z and Positive K and let them freestyle until I came back to the stage. The young Jay Z appeared on a song by Big L, Da Graveyard, and on Mic Geronimos Time to Build. His first official rap single was called In My Lifetime, for which he released a music video, an unreleased music video was also produced for the B-side I Cant Get with ThatJay-Z – Jay Z at the Shawn Carter Foundation Carnival, 2011
37. Giuseppe Zanotti – Giuseppe Zanotti is an Italian shoe designer. In 2000, Zanotti opened his first boutique in Milan, followed by boutiques elsewhere, Zanotti was born in San Mauro Pascoli, a village near Rimini, Italy. Rimini has had a history of shoemaking dating back to the 1930s. Zanottis parents ran an ice cream shop near the seaside, Zanotti started his fashion career in the 1962. In the beginning, he started working locally with small craftsmen and then as a designer working with fashion houses. In 1994, Zanotti took over a small shoemaking company, the Vicini shoe factory, with a small workshop employing 15 people, including a jeweler, a heel and tree expert and an embroiderer, he started work on his first collection. In 2000, Zanotti opened his first boutique in Milan, further boutiques were opened in New York City, Paris, Houston, London, Moscow, Dubai, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Beijing etc. reaching fifty stores globally. In 2012 Zanotti launched his menswear line Giuseppe Homme, the Giuseppe for Jennifer Lopez shoe collaboration went on sale in late January 2017Giuseppe Zanotti – Giuseppe Zanotti with Tika Sumpter in 2013