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Brief Published: 16 May 2011

Nicholas Kirkwood x Keith Haring


British shoe designer Nicholas Kirkwood has collaborated with The Keith Haring Foundation (a charity established in 1989 to assist AIDS-related and children's charities) to create a line of shoes inspired by the 1980s street-culture icon's pioneering artwork. While previously exclusive to the Joyce boutique in Hong Kong, the range is now available at Kirkwood's newly-opened shop on Mount Street in London until July 1.

The line includes Swarovski crystal-encrusted ‘power stretch’ roller boots, featuring more than 100,000 stones. Kirkwood has also interpreted Haring's artworks as graphic heels, and translated the designs directly onto vertiginous platformed shoes and boots.

Kirkwood explains to Stylus: “It’s something that I really wanted to do, not necessarily a commercial opportunity. It was off the back of a documentary I saw about [Keith Haring] in New York, wondering how I could incorporate his work – something completely different from my own – and just seeing what was possible.” The 12-piece collection starts at £300.