Ce Ce Chin Chanels Molly Ringwald, Coco Chanel

08Jun10

Ce Ce Chin is best known for her shoe label, 80%20, which is celebrating its fifth anniversary with a party at Lower East Side bar Panda tonight. But the Chinatown-based footwear designer was immersed in leather and hardware long before she launched her own line. The Michigan native got her start as a handbag designer for Michael Kors, then Calvin Klein. She broke off from the label in 2005 to focus on footwear, initially inspired by the graphic styles of sneakerheads she dated. “I wasn’t going to wear dunks, but I didn’t wear a lot of heels either,” she says. “I wanted something fun and casual that would give me a little height, but that was still girly.” The pursuit led to her first collection featuring the line’s signature hidden wedge.

via The Cut: New York Magazine’s Fashion Blog.

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