Jessica Parker wears one of her own designs as she
talks about her new line of shoes during an
interview at a Nordstrom store in Seattle on March
ó Sheís tiny. Can barely finish a plate of berries.
left-handed. Says things like "No. Way." And
to every person who approached her at the downtown
Nordstrom shoe department last week, she extended a
Sarah Jessica," she said. "Very nice to meet
and the City" went off the air 10 years ago, but it
doesnít matter to fans of the show and its star, Sarah
Jessica Parker. They still watch it in syndication and
have flocked to two big-screen films.
they lined up for hours March 5 to spend an average $300
on a pair of shoes designed by Parker and Manolo Blahnik
CEO George Malkemus III.
was all about the single sole, and no platform, no heavy
shoe," said Malkemus, who is accompanying Parker on
a tour of Nordstrom stores, the only retailer to carry
the SJP Collection.
has been approached by many designers about a shoe line
over the years, but she always dreamed of working with
Malkemus. Friends urged her to call him one afternoon
is crazy," she began their conversation.
here tomorrow morning at 9 a.m.," he told her.
was my dream," Malkemus said of Parkerís request
that he collaborate. "It was a perfect dream."
a year, the line was finished: 25 styles, all made in
Italy, which start at $195 for the Billie suede flat and
go to $485 for the Alison bootie. The line includes
three handbags that cost from $245 to $375 and a
"Manhattan" grosgrain-trim skirted trenchcoat
in blue or beige, which costs $495.
shoe has a grosgrain ribbon up the back, a remembrance
of the ribbons Parker used to wear in her hair ó and
iron ó as a child.
named all the shoes for fashion icons, family members
the most iconic is a T-strap heel called
"Carrie," which comes in black, but also
purple and green ó choices Parker has called
always thought that it was always going to be the shoe I
loved the most," Parker said in an interview at the
store on Wednesday.
donít know if thatís the truth. I canít compare
them to my children (James Wilkie, 11; and twins Marion
and Tabitha, 4). They would wring my neck if I compared
the shoes to my children.
that feminine, ladylike thing, but thereís something
kind of naughty and irrepressible and
inappropriate," she said of the shoe.
for the legacy of the character itís named for, and
"Sex and the City"?
donít know what the legacy is. I think I am
ill-equipped to answer that. That is one of the
questions that I feel other people should answer."
500 of them were waiting for Parker downstairs in the
first-floor shoe department, where Parker passed through
a forest of raised arms holding cellphones and sat down
to sign shoes, boxes and tags.
Sneed, a flight attendant from Arizona, was the first in
line to meet Parker. She was outside the store at 6
said, ĎGet here early,í" she said.
was a fan from when Parker was in the television show
"Square Pegs," and has followed her career
from television to fashion to perfume and now shoes.
bought two pairs, which Parker signed and then stood to
shake her hand.
love her," Sneed explained. "I just feel like
she is such a humble person."