Celeb-adored designer Vince Camuto started his fashion empire with shoes, and as far as we're concerned the only thing better than a man who understands the importance of a fabulous shoe is a man who actually creates fabulous shoes. Which is why we were so excited for Sally Hale, the winner of ideeli's Be A Vince Camuto VIP giveaway. Working from the ground up (literally) Vince created a lifestyle brand that now encompasses everything from handbags to jewelry to apparel, and lucky Sally scored a shopping spree and some one-on-one time with the design guru himself. We caught up with her recently about her experience:
How surprised were you that you won the Be A Vince Camuto VIP giveaway?
As I told pretty much everyone I met, I entered the ideeli giveaway on a whim, never thinking I could actually win. After receiving the email saying I had won, it took me a week before I even mentioned it to anyone; I was convinced it was a joke. Luckily for me, and my boyfriend, it was 100% real!
This was your first trip to NYC—what did you think of the city ideeli calls home?
I absolutely fell in love with New York City! I’ve heard people rave about the city for years and it surpassed all expectations. We were able to pack so much into our quick stay; making sure to hit the big tourist attractions such as the Empire State Building and the Statue of Liberty, but also spending time wandering the streets and allowing ourselves to get a feel for “real” New York. Without a doubt, my favorite part was Central Park—that alone could be a reason for another visit!
ideeli is all about fashion, after all, so, as part of the trip you got to meet designer Vince Camuto and his wife (and Creative Director of the Camuto group) Louise—what was that like?
Both Vince and Louise were very friendly and engaging! After the introductions and a quick photo, Vince took us around the showroom. It was interesting to listen to him speak about the process that goes into designing, creating, and producing the shoes, clothing, and accessories. We were lucky to get a little peek into the process behind what you see in stores.
Speaking of the stores, can you tell us about your Vince Camuto shopping spree—we're dying to hear about what you scored!
After touring the Vince Camuto showroom and being treated to lunch at Balthazar, we headed over to the Vince Camuto store in Soho. A bit overwhelmed by the options, the Style Squad started to pull looks for me as I browsed. Once in the dressing room, it was hard to choose my favorites! After some input from the Style Squad, I picked a striped cardigan, a fuchsia halter dress, a pair of wedges, sunglasses, a black and gold bracelet and a black studded purse (which my boyfriend chose, as he still loves to point out!). I was so excited to walk out of the store with a head-to-toe look!
How have you incorporated these pieces, day-to-day?
The two pieces I wear the most are the bracelet and the purse. In fact, I wore both before I even left the city! The bracelet was a last-minute addition to my shopping spree and it took a bit of convincing to get it; I was a strong believer that bracelets just didn’t look right on me. Now I’m so glad that I got it. It works perfectly with a few gold bangles or a black studded leather bracelet wrap that I bought from a street vendor in Soho. Since then I’ve added a few other bracelets to my collection; it encouraged me to start playing with different pieces!
Are you feeling inspired, too? Then make sure to check out our Vince Camuto sale, now through 10 a.m. on August 18th.