Mark Schwartz – Shoe Designer and Artist Extraordinaire
Mark Schwartz is an accomplished shoe designer and artist. He is an ex New Yorker now living in Florida, that has travelled extensively and has gained inspiration from artist Andy Warhol. Warhol, both a friend and a mentor, helped Mark with his artistic renderings of shoes while Schwartz was working for Roger Vivier as an assistant designer and creative director for 5 years. After working for Vivier, Mark went on to design shoes from 1987 to present for such names as Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Charles Jourdan, Richard Tyler, Barneys, Bergdorf Goodman, Neiman Marcus, Balenciaga, Agnes de la Fressange, Christian Lacroix and Hermes.
From 1996 til 2003 Mark owned a boutique on Spring Street in New York where he sold his Mark Schwartz shoes to boutiques and stores worldwide. In his boutique he covered the blank walls with his artwork. Customers purchased both his shoes and his art, which sometimes sold at a rate faster than his actual shoes.
Mark’s art inspiration comes from his many years of designing shoes. He says that his artwork is just like designing shoes, it is something that comes so naturally to him. Mark says that he loves the shape of shoes and what they exude.
Mark still designs shoes to wear freelance for clients in the US and Europe. But he has garnered such a fan base for his paintings that they have become a huge part of his business.
You can view and purchase Mark’s fabulous work on his website –