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Mary-Kyri, Adelaide Shoe Designer

11 April 2012 9,479 views One Comment

Mary-KyriBelow is an exerpt from a longer article by Cassandra Liebe on liebefashiongallery.com.

Most women can relate to having an obsession for something. Chocolate seems to be a big one we all love. Others have closets full of designer bags, clothes or shoes, or like me have a room full of them all. It never ceases to amaze me how women can turn an obsession into a business.

If you told your significant other that your credit card was totally maxed out was due to purchasing high end luxury shoes, and that you wanted to be the next Manolo Blahnik, most would take your card and chop it up and call you crazy. Not in this case.

In 2004 Mary-Kyri, a local Adelaide girl, had just finished studying Fashion and Design at Marlston TAFE. With 10 shoe designs in her back pocket, and the support of her family and partner, she booked a one way ticket to Italy to try and carve out a new business in luxury high-end shoes for Australia.

“I was spontaneous, crazy, I don’t know if I would make such a rash decision again. I was 26 years old at the time and a risk taker.” Mary-Kyri explains.

Mary-Kyri ShoesBut how do you enter a country where fashion and design is a religion and break into one of the most exclusive and oldest manufacturing businesses?

“I had to develop a trust with the shoe manufacturers. They treat their business more like a religion than a job. Businesses are passed down from great grandfathers to great grandchildren.” Mary-Kyri says. “You can’t walk in to business, so I spent time developing trust and respect. I started working in a factory on machines; most people don’t know that there are over 100 components in a complete shoe.“

Read more about Mary-Kyri and the new Mary-Kyri Design Studio!
Check out the full article by Cassandra on liebefashiongallery.com.

Mary-Kyri is on Facebook and the Mary-Kyri website is www.mary-kyri.com.


About Liebe Fashion Gallery

Liebe Fashion GalleryLiebe Fashion Gallery, at 567 Anzac Highway Glenelg North offers stylish new, vintage and pre-loved clothing, intimates and accessories.

Owner Cassandra Liebeknecht has a wealth of knowledge in fashion styling and body shapes and can help you look and feel your best. With her Personal Consultation or Personal Group Shopping services you will come away with a new and invigorated style.

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