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Archive for October 21st, 2007

Tashkent by Cheyenne

Hearing the name of the new women’s shoe line Tashkent by Cheyenne, one would think the footwear designer had been informed by a holiday or perhaps a lifetime visiting the far-off city in Uzbekistan. But it turns out that the Manhattan born-and-bred Cheyenne Morris’s travels to Tashkent exist only in her creative lifeā€¦or brain.

Her decadent styles sometimes crafted from soft lamb fur and super supple suede or exotic ostrich leather reference the designer’s profound personal connection to the mysterious 2,000-year-old-city. “In my mind, I imagine it to be a bustling, wild city,” she says. “During the war, my grandfather was fleeing the Nazis. He walked from Poland to Tashkent where he met this beautiful young girl. They fled Tashkent together for America.” That girl was Morris’s grandmother.

“A lot of what I know about my grandmother is from pictures and stories. She had been through a war, a concentration camp. She had a rough life, but made it to America. She was a girl who left her home country to brave an unknown future and she did it with strength and love.”

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