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Nicholas Kirkwood is on the path to shoe greatness, step by step
Nicholas Kirkwood is on the path to shoe greatness, step by step

Nicholas Kirkwood is on his way to joining Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin and Jimmy Choo in the pantheon of shoe gods. At 33, the London-based designer has an identifiable architectural style (dynamic designs with triangle heels and boomerang-shaped straps), a bevy of famous fans, awards and an investment from international luxury goods powerhouse Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy. "I'm more ambitious now than I've ever been," he says over lunch at the Sunset Tower hotel recently, still nursing a hangover from his first "proper L.A. party" the night before, an introduction to the Hollywood swirl that drew Emma Roberts, Jake Shears, Rachel Zoe, China Chow...

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