James Sommerfeldt, the sole shoe designer on "Project Accessory," which airs Thursday nights on Lifetime, was unfortunately forced to take a bow last week. ShoesTV had to get a closer look at Sommerfeld's exquisite designs and find out what life on the show was really like. But wait, there's more! Read on to discover Sommerfeldt's exclusive discount for ShoesTV fans!
"Project Accessory" pits 12 accessory designers against each other in the quest for, among other things, a $100,000 prize. How would you describe your experience on the show?
JS: "Project Accessory" is literally an incubator where we lived and breathed design ideas every second. I pushed myself beyond my physical limits and finally exceeded my own expectations. I was very surprised to learn I was the sole footwear designer in the competition, as shoes are both such a major way to transform an ensemble, and critical wardrobe staples. Where do you go without shoes? This forced me to become innovative and listen to my creative intuition. I was truly blessed to be a part of an amazing cast of such genuine designers.
Sommerfeldt creating shoes on "Project Accessory"
How did you arrive in the shoe world?
JS: My mother taught me how to sew and pattern from an early age, and my father and I designed furniture together--something I became very fond of. Footwear became the perfect outlet for me to express my own perspective, and I have found nothing else on earth as satisfying as giving people shoes designed especially for them. Their reaction is the most thrilling reward to me.
Which designers have influenced your creations?
JS: I love the work of Alexander McQueen, Vivienne Westwood, Salvatore Ferragamo, Roger Vivier, and the gifted Parisian designer, Benoit Meleard. However, I credit designer and fiber artist Nick Cave for teaching me the most about learning to trust my intuition in developing my work.
What kind of woman wears your extravagant designs?
JS: The woman I design for is daringly confident and born to stand out. She appreciates the fit and feel of bespoke and haute couture, and loves how a heel can instantly transform her.
If you want to get your hands on Sommerfeldt's beautiful designs, good luck! You can set up a consultation with the designer to get your own custom-made shoes, or choose from one of his made-to-order limited-edition designs that are signed and numbered by the artist himself. There are only 15 of each, and prices start at $1,100.
And because James and ShoesTV love spreading shoe love, the first three ShoesTV fans to contact Sommerfeldt at info@Jsomme.com will get 50% off any of his limited-edition designs on his website! We suggest you get to emailing now before someone cuts in front of you in line!