Speaker - Alexandre Birman

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Alexandre Birman was destined to create beautiful, handcrafted shoes. A native of Brazil, Mr. Birman was born into a family that has dominated the South American footwear market since the 1970s. He designed his first shoe at the age of 12, beginning his illustrious career in the family business.

In 2008, at 32 years old, Mr. Birman launched his namesake Alexandre Birman collection—focusing on luxury, femininity, and sophistication. The collection was entirely created by hand from luxe, imported raw materials and exotic reptile skins reminiscent of his Brazilian roots. The beautiful handcrafted designs quickly landed him a designer profile in Vogue. After a successful season of design recognition and sales expansion in the major department stores in America, Footwear News honored Mr. Birman with the Vivian Infantino Emerging Talent Award of 2009. He was also named a Top 10 Designer to Watch in 2012 by Footwear News and his designs were recently featured in the Museum at FIT’s Shoe Obsession exhibit in New York. In March of 2013, he was named Chief Executive Officer of Arezzo & Co.

To date, the Alexandre Birman collection is sold in more than 220 select doors worldwide, including major department stores, online retailers, specialty boutiques, and two flagship stores in Sao Paulo.

Celebrity fans of the Alexandre Birman brand include Hollywood starlets Kate Hudson, Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Blake Lively, Jessica Alba, Gisele Bundchen, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Palermo, Leighton Meester, and more.

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