ABOUT MONIKA CHIANG
“I’m designing for a style-forward woman with a deep appreciation for global influences and details,” Monika Chiang explains. “I want the women wearing my designs to feel strong, beautiful and in charge.”
Born in New York and raised in Europe, Chiang traveled the world with her artist mother and siblings, living in the United Kingdom, Germany, Sweden and France.
In 1995, she graduated from the NYU Stern School of Business, specializing in Finance and International Business.
Chiang’s sense of style blossomed at an early age, informed by her wanderlust and appreciation for other cultures. She globe-trotted with her siblings and artist mother — from Hong Kong to France to Sweden and elsewhere—and these enriching experiences continue to influence each collection and allow her to challenge boundaries in fresh new ways. “Think luxury with some grit to it,” she says.
To this end, the Monika Chiang Collection is all about combining a rock ’n’ roll, rebellious spirit with a modern effortless femininity and sex appeal. The shoes are meant to be show-stopping, empowering yet glamorous and chic with a touch of nonchalance.
Striking the perfect balance between modern design and impeccable craftsmanship, Monika creates stylish yet wearable footwear for the modern global woman. The collection ranges from everyday wearable flats to head-turning evening sandals and pumps.
The Monika Chiang Collection is expertly handcrafted by master cobblers in Italy in some of the premier footwear factories in the Florence area with respect to the incomparable and undeniable tradition of Italian craftsmanship. All components and leathers are sourced from the best Italian manufacturers and tanneries.
The shoes become exceptional through the choice of materials. Exotic skins flirt with rich suedes, supple leathers, edgy high quality hardware, creating covetable treasures that complement vibrant, confident women who want their footwear to reflect their spirit.
The Imena gladiator, the Armena boot and the Carla sandal have become her signature styles and have quickly risen to must-have status by top influencers, trendsetters and Hollywood stars around the globe.
Her designs have been worn by high profile celebrities such as Charlize Theron, Madonna, Halle Berry, Diane Kruger, Sofia Vergara, Olivia Palermo, Kim Kardashian, Kylie Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Ciara, Naomi Watts amongst many others.
Marie Claire has named Chiang a designer to watch, while Harper’s Bazaar called her one of 2013’s most promising accessories designers.
She has also been featured in Vogue, Elle, W Magazine, The New York Times and Women’s Wear Daily.
Monika Chiang is sold mainly via the website and also in various small boutiques and e-commerce websites in the US.