The last eighteen months has been a captivating journey for me where I have experienced an overwhelming desire to embrace the world of dance and bring authentic Italian dance shoes to an international platform.
I wish to take this opportunity to introduce myself to you. I am Anita Flavin founder of Anita Flavina Dance Shoes. In January 2016 in The Plaza Hotel, New York City I met with two international professional dancers Alek Dokuleski and Esther Frances via pure co-incident, which to me really means fate. We were at totally different stages in our lives and embarking on new adventures. I had never danced before, this world was new to me, but as soon as I entered, I was captured. I fell in love at first sight. Of course this is what led to the beginning of Anita Flavina Dance Shoes.
I have been in the footwear and luxury fashion industry for thirty years, my journey in this field has brought me all over the world, however for the last ten years I have been operating my businesses with the Italian's and I have been blessed to spend time in Italy and become part of community life at the heart of the Italian exquisite footwear region Le Marche. As we all know the Italians love to dance and are passionate about their footwear, dancing shoes included.
Alek was in the process of launching Arthur Murray Dance Studios in Broadway, both Alek and Esther expressed to me what they were seeking for in dance shoes especially ballroom dancing shoes and latin dancing shoes. Over a period of time in Italy when I was preparing my launch for Anita Flavina Ladies Luxury Italian Footwear Brand www.anitaflavina.com I sourced an Italian fourth generation dance shoe factory, which for me I can only compare to a vision of walking into an Aladdin’s cave, there are three generations of one family in their team of artisans which hand crafts each individual dance shoe.
I began to spend time with this family and their team, I grew to know them and respect their craftsmanship and work ethic. I quickly began to realise they have a good reputation within the footwear industry for dance shoes which in Italy is regarded as a specialised niche. I look forward to producing behind the scenes videos for my future blogs for you to watch.
The artisan’s I work with have hand crafted dance shoes for Anita Flavina’s first collection for social dancing. Step by step we will expand our collections and move onto professional dance shoes. But for me it is important to achieve each goal with consistency and perfection, also to connect with my dance schools, teachers, students and everyone who reads my blog, so we can move forward with passion in achieving our goals as one. I ask you to lead our dance and I will follow listening to what you are seeking with regard to comfortable Italian dance shoes.
Now I understand why the words ‘Dance, dance wherever you may be’ kept coming into my mind for no reason, it was and is my destiny.
I wish to thank everyone that has supported and guided me, first we were strangers and now we share our dreams. Above all it is the mission of Anita Flavina Dance Shoes to provide an excellent and honest service step by step.
Now let's commence this dance together.
The link to our website is: anitaflavina.com
Our IG is @anitaflavinadanceshoes
Esther and Alek in New York City where the vision of Anita Flavina Dance Shoes began
Three generations of one family is amongst our team of artisans that hand craft each individual dance shoe
Alek style dance shoes for men
Joanna dance shoes for ladies available in different heel heights
Myself (Anita) working on Anita Flavina Dance Shoes
In 1995 I graduated from the London College of Fashion in Fashion Management Business and Finance. I have worked in the luxury, fashion and ladies designer shoes industry for over twenty five years for many notable brands including management training at John Lewis Partnership, Dorchester Collection Hoteliers and Whistles Ladies Designer.
In 1998 I identified that shoes for women in the footwear fashion scene was beginning to gain international recognition, this area of fashion was still vastly undeveloped. I decided to pursue a career in the field of designer womens shoes. I secured employment at Office London, in their womens designer shoes buying department which was then the cutting edge of footwear fashion. We discovered several internationally recognised footwear brands and were responsible for buying from the top Italian shoes designers in the world at that time.
In 2001 I identified a niche in the market for a new quirky footwear brand, which consisted of lower heeled casual shoes and commenced my own business and designer shoe collection under the brand name of Neet. At that time our manufacturing was from China which operated under the old system of quota’s and Chinese footwear production was rare on the British High Street. I sold my collections to Harrods, Selfridges, Fenwick’s, KG, amongst many others. In addition to this I sold to independent retailers nationwide and in Japan, Italy and the USA. At this time the Irish economy was about to boom and I relocated my business to Ireland. I sold my brand to the majority of independent retailers in Ireland and the UK.
During this time I identified there was a niche in the market for top Italian shoes designers and over a period of time I sourced Italian factories to conduct business with. Due to demand from my customers I researched the Italian ladies shoes market and developed a new brand Minette which consisited of designer high heels.
I was requested by the British Footwear Association to be the sole representative for Britain at implementing the International Codes of Conduct at the European Union headquarters in Brussels.
In 2008 I was awarded Irish Accessories Designer by Belfast City Council. I take great pride in grading my work by the women who wear my shoe designs.
Therefore I was deeply honoured when I was requested on behalf of the Irish government to be the sole representative of the creative talent in Ireland, the designer evening shoes I created especially for Michelle Obama, was presented to her by the Northern Ireland Assembly for this occasion.
In 2015 an Italian ladies shoe artisan whom I had been conducting business with for six years, approached me with a business proposition to become Creative Director in creating a luxury ladies footwear brand which is handmade in Marche, the exquisite ladies designer shoes making region of Italy.
At long last after many years of hard work and determination I am gratified to be in a position to enable women of passion, power and substance to reap the rewards of what they installed in me, during a path of identifying my true potential as a ladies shoe designer by for filling the desire of every woman to embrace her empowerment and elegance in stepping out in my designs.
For this reason I feel the time is right to launch my own designer shoes collection brand for ‘Women of Passion, Power and Substance’. This venture is perfect to represent the quality of my design philosophy and enabling me to present the collections in its righteous place among the crème dell a crème of shoe heaven.
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Me being awarded as 'Irish Accessories Designer'
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I design my Italian ladies shoes for women of passion, power and substance. For me she exists in each and every woman on this planet. We are all at different steps on our journey. Some of us have incurred the experiences of life that enables us to totally embrace our passion, power and substance. Whilst some of us may be in the transformation of stepping into our true selves, and when the time is right we will have wings and fly as a butterfly. Some of us have yet to acknowledge the true potential we hold deep inside, and may be in the cocoon phase and when the time is right the hand of courage, we will accept and embrace the transformation and beauty that patiently awaits. We are all on our own individual pathway and we will experience each chapter as and when the time is right for us.
For me as a ladies shoes designer I believe in order to create my designer shoes collection, it is essential to experience as much of her life as possible. By experiencing her life I can feel her, be her, touch her life and reflect this into my designs.
The Anita Flavina woman embraces her life, she is passionate about the people that she touches and feels, her family, friends, colleagues. She is truly loves her life, the places she visits, whether it be holiday destinations, cities, beach or spa resorts, she enjoys visiting museums, art galleries, shows, eating out at restaurants or making delicious meals at home.
The Anita Flavina woman is able to step into her own power, she is self assured, resilient and independent in her thoughts. She holds her own strength, which she finds in her values within the simplicity of life. Her wisdom and self empowerment evokes her to speak her truth and the truth of those for whom she holds a space for. In order for her to achieve this, she is secure to go with in herself to reflect and build on her inner strength, enabling her to increase her sense of well being. She may revel in spending time among nature, alternatively or as well is she may find solace in mediation or yoga.
Anita Flavina woman is a woman of substance. Her values and attributes are respected by others. She is resilient, sincere, kind and gentle. She is often turned to in times of need, shining her light supporting and holding space for those she loves. She is consistent and evokes those who wishes to help themselves. When the day is done she will joyfully relax and reveal in light hearted entertainment.
To me the Anita Flavina woman operates from her heart with her passion, power and substance.
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The journey of my life constantly captures peoples attention and they are intrigued to know how I did I become a ladies shoe designer, what does my life as a designer of shoes for women involve, where do I take myself on my travels to pursue my love of Italian ladies shoes. I have always found people love listening to my stories of situations I find myself in. I guess part of this is because I travel to places that are off the beaten track. Alternatively when on the beaten track, I some how ,sometimes manage a total diversion. Also I find people are fascinated to know how and where I seek my inspirations and aspirations.
As I am in the process of launching my designer shoes for women brand Anita Flavina made for ‘Women of Passion, Power and Substance I believe now is the perfect time to commence my blog.
The aim of my blog is to share my journey and love of shoes for women with you, by creating a space where we can connect and communicate. As you will come to understand during our time together, I always have so much to share with others.
However I would love for you to put forward any suggestions or topics you would like me to share and discuss. Often young people starting out will seek my career advice, especially if they wish to become a ladies shoe designer, alternatively women ask me for fashion, styling tips. As I am well travelled in the pursuit of inspiration for womens designer shoes I am often asked for recommendations on destinations, or places of interest . Those of you that know me know I have a great passion of food and wine this includes visiting restaurants tasting the local cuisine when I am travelling. I also partake in many fashion events.
I believe inspirations come to me and I can only make decisions when my mind is calm and clear. This philosophy as led me to find great solace in reiki, mediation and yoga, hence this has lead to many of my ‘Anitarisms’ which you will see and I hope enjoy on my blog. As I design shoes for women for all of you reading my blog, it is important for me, in this precious space, that I have made for us to share, that you put forward suggestions of what you would like to see in Anita Flavina designer shoes collection.
For me, it is my wish to create a platform where women of passion, power and substance from all over the world can connect, be inspired by each other and unite in our paths ahead. It is my intention to achieve this by sharing inspirational interviews and videos which emphasizes how we can together, encourage each other to reach our true potential in life. I will also interview different inspirational women or men that are inspired by women on a regular basis, so we can spread our passion, power and substance.
I would love to know your thoughts on my blog and Anita Flavina luxury shoes for women collections and welcome any suggestions, questions or feedback you may have.
You are welcome to contact me on the space provided on this blog or alternatively if you wish to contact me privately please e-mail me on firstname.lastname@example.org