Stuart Weitzman was born to design shoes. Literally. The Long Island, New York native comes from a long line of shoe makers and was folding tissue and packing boxes at his father’s shoe company before he hit junior high.
These days, the Wharton business school grad oversees the family business, which is now produced in Spain and has become synonymous with unusual materials and fashion forward design (not to mention the one-of-a-kind million dollar shoes Weitzman designs for one lucky Oscar nominee each year).
When he’s not mired in his shoe biz duties or working on behalf of breast cancer research charities, the long-married father of two enjoys a rousing game of ping pong and a steady stream of Diet Coke.
Weitzman expounded on all this and more when The Fashion Informer tracked him down earlier this week.
What's your favorite time of day?
Mornings, I’m anxious to get going.
When you were 9 years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?
A baseball player.
Who is your favorite author of all time?
Edgar Allen Poe.
Coffee or tea?
What did you have for breakfast this morning?
What is your favorite city in the world?
London, England. It feels good being there with the people, restaurants, theater, the history.
What would you like to be doing if you weren't a shoe designer?
NY Yankee first baseman.
I know you're an avid ping pong player - when is the last time you played, against whom, and who won?
In October with the head tennis pro at La Manga resort in Murcia, Spain. After his being trumped, I'm sure he won't play me again.
What is your all-time favorite work of art?
My daughter Rachel's first CD cover designed and painted by her.
What is your favorite holiday?
July 4th, because I'm always reminded of why we celebrate.
Tell me about your pet(s).
It's a peve. It has two legs, and always promises what it can't deliver. Some people call it a politician.
What is your favorite mode of communication?
Face to face.
What magazines, newspapers and websites do you read regularly?
Men's Health and the International Herald Tribune.
What never fails to make you cry?
Hearing our national anthem at the Olympic gold medal ceremony.
When are you happiest?
6-Love, 6-Love - against a 22-year-old.