Carlotta De Luca Shoe architect and owner of Charline De Luca, a women's footwear line custom-made in Italy.
Class Of: 2010
Campus: Old Westbury Major: Architecture/Bachelor
The Shoe Must Go On
The Italian-born De Luca traveled to New York City in February 2013 for Fashion Week, when the Zaha shoe from her spring/summer 2013 collection was displayed with 150 others in the “Shoe Obsession” exhibit at the Museum of the Fashion Institute of Technology through April.
After a brief stint creating boutiques for Italian designer Fendi in the Middle East, De Luca decided to focus on her shoe line. Last year, she was named one of the top three emerging designers in Vogue Italia’s international competition, “Who’s on Next?”
From Rome with Love
De Luca lives in Rome, where she finds “hidden surprises that inspire my creativity. Sometimes I walk out of a narrow street and there’s a beautiful church façade or a view of St. Peter’s River.”
Ticket to Learn
De Luca transferred to NYIT from University of Rome La Sapienza so that she could study architecture in the ultimate creative environment. “Elaborating a building project is a lot like elaborating a shoe design. I calculate the weight, pitch, and height of a shoe heel and translate modernist architecture into the geometry and proportions of my shoes.” She uses a computer-aided design program learned in class to print a 3-D sample of the heel in ABS plastic.
From raffia straps and her signature metal accents to heels made in a Venetian factory, De Luca sources the m aterials for her shoes from at least 20 suppliers throughout Italy. Her designs often start as impromptu sketches on paper. "I might be in a café or a park and an idea comes that I jot down on a receipt.”
What’s On Next?
“I’d love to design shoes for fashion shows by designers like Vera Wang and expand to the Japanese market. I want more people to know Charline De Luca.”