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An article in today's Times profiles the rise of beloved show brand Sigerson Morrison, along with everything that lead up to the dismissal of founding designers Kari Sigerson and Miranda Morrison by Marc Fisher Footwear. Though both women are pursuing other opportunities in the shoe business, a lot's changed from the glory days of when they first opened their two stores in Nolita.
When the Mott Street location opened, they didn't have to do too much to promote it. The brand's instantly recognizable heels, flats, and sandals were being strapped on and slid into by New York women and celebrities alike. A former long-time sales associate tells the Times that when Julia Roberts came for a visit, "She asked me what my favorite ones were, and she bought those." Sigerson remembers Naomi Campbell and Linda Evangelisa stopping by, and at the Prince Street store, Morrison says that Charlize Theron would "buy 20 pairs at a time with her mum."
Unfortunately, those days are behind them. The article explains that the designers were blindsided when they were fired. Apparently, at what was presumed on their part to be a routine meeting, termination papers were "slid across the table" and their email accounts were disabled. On top of that, Marc Fisher Footwear sued them for over $1.95 million, claiming that they didn't deliver a collection on time. They responded with their own $6 million suit.
Though they're still up to their ears in legal paperwork, both women have other ventures lined up. They're each working on projects with Steve Madden, and Sigerson will debut a line called 7B at a shoe expo in the city this week. Earlier this year, they both created a capsule collection for Anthropologie, but since Marc Fisher owns the intellectual and property rights of Sigerson Morrison, they weren't allowed to use their own names. Instead, they did the line under the name Pied Juste.
As for what's next for Sigerson Morrison the brand, it's an open question. Right now, the Prince Street store is still around, albeit with "dwindling stock." Taylor Tomasi Hill has been brought on as a creative adviser, and the website (says the Times) "has been revamped — rather, scrubbed. All mentions of the two women have been deleted, as if they never existed."
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