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A Pop of Pink. An Animal Print. A MaryJane – who could resist?

It’s great to go back in time during this time of being isolated, to really think about the memories we have around our shoes. I have to say I don’t have a lot of early memories. It’s mostly as an adult. In 1998, I was working at Bloomingdale’s in corporate product development. My office was inside the 59th Street store. So I was walking through the store every day. And sometimes I would linger off into the shoe department and I saw these girls – a pair of Emanuel Ungaro Mary Janes made in Italy. They were ridiculously cheap, less than $100. They were mine!

Emanuel Ungaro Mary Jane circa 1998

The pop of pink, the animal print relief, the classic Mary Jane style, the perfect storm trifecta wrapped up in these 3 design elements. Sexy and sporty, they could be dressed up or down. I still have them. They are still going strong. They’re probably 25 years old. Every time I see them in my closet I’m reminded of my time at Bloomingdale’s and my first purchase of a beautiful pair of shoes.

Elissa Bloom is the Executive Director of the Philadelphia Fashion Incubator.

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