Nestled behind greenery on 64th Street, off Lexington Avenue, in New York City, is the Vanessa Noel shoe boutique where women step into fantasy. Whether planning a gala and in need of “that shoe” or planning a wedding and in need of “The Shoe,’ Vanessa Noel is in the now.
“My shoes are not for everyone,” explains Vanessa from her showroom perched above the store and filled with hundreds of shoes, boots, slides, sandals, and stilettos. Surrounded by luxurious materials, Vanessa continues, “We use the finest fabrics, leathers and skins: work with the best factories in Italy: and use proven lasts that allow for style and comfort.”
“I’ve always designed for the modern woman, her many moods, and how she has changed. Our clients return year after year with wonderful stories behind each shoe.”
Many of these stories are seen in the pages of fashion and style publications with women coming to Vanessa to get their ultimate footwear wardrobe. in 2006, Vanessa Noel was one of the first luxury shoe brands to support World Bride Magazine, the first bridal publication to recognize and celebrate diversity and inclusivity across the globe in the wedding industry.
Along with Vanessa’s success as an entrepreneur in the shoe world, she is also recognized as a unique Hotelier ( Vanessa Noel Hotel and The Green on Nantucket), and multiple restaurants. She is active in the philanthropic community of NYC, Jamaica, and Nantucket while currently driving the initiative to create for America, in New York City, the first shoe museum.
Over the past several years, Myrdith Leon-McCormack has evolved from one of the nation’s most successful Celebrity Manicurist, represented by Factory Downtown, to one of the most sought after branding experts with her firm MLM Represents as well as a Huffington Post blogger.
Leon-McCormack, founder of MLM Represents, oversees all practice areas and is involved in providing strategic direction to select clients. Her particular area of expertise is advising clients on how to best leverage their brand as an asset to serve as a powerful leadership tool and drive their business performance.
Leon-McCormack’s innovative strategies to connect consumers more effectively by associating them with the world’s most influential celebrities, musicians, arts, film and personalities has been part of her incredible success to collaborating with some of the industry’s most influential people in the world of the arts, music, and film. MLM Represents client list includes: Isaiah Washington, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Lois Samuels–the Vessel, and Justin Davis. Her new business has afforded her the opportunity to travel the world to wonderful destinations such as Egypt, Qatar, Dubai, London, France, Ireland, to name a few.
Leon-McCormack’s creative vision and strong knowledge of the entertainment and arts has created yet another venture with the weekly radio show, “Keep It Moving” with Marsha Jews on WEAA 88.9 FM, a national public radio station, as Executive Entertainment Producer.
As the Editorial Director of World Bride Magazine (WBM), she drives the magazine into the 21st century, where visions of people of color are seen in a more positive and progressive direction.