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Successful Women’s Shoe Designer Mark Schwartz Releases a New Era of Men’s Fashion Forward Shoes

STAMFORD, Conn. -- Throughout Mark Schwartz's 35-year career as a successful women's shoe designer, he has always secretly wanted to design and make handmade men's shoes. Now, he's done it and his new men's shoes collection will be available this fall/winter.

Part of the reason Schwartz launched this collection is self-serving. Since he can't wear the 4-inch signature high heels he's famous for, this new men's shoe collection allows him to indulge in creating some of the most creative, unique and best quality men's shoes on the market.

His shoe designs have graced the top fashion runways of Paris, Milan and New York and they've also appeared in the pages of Vogue, Elle and W Magazine.

All of Schwartz's shoes are handmade in Italy with strict detail and attention to fit and design. His new men's shoe collection includes six styles ranging from loafers to ankle boots. The physical designs are classical with a twist. He pays special attention to the actual heel detail because he recognizes that heel shapes and placements are critical to any good design.

Schwartz's signature heel is not attached in the usual way that men's shoes are typically done. Instead, he takes a cue from his women's shoe designs and attaches the heel separately and leaves space around it. This gives the illusion of lightness, but the heel itself is masculine.

"Men who wear these shoes will be known for their fashion sense," Schwartz says.

These shoes have bold details that include pockets, newly-mixed leather colors and fabric textures to make a standout statement that fashion matters for men too.

"Shoes are the most artistic and important accessory in a wardrobe," he says.

A hands-on designer, Schwartz works in the shoe factory to ensure that each stitch is perfect. He also takes custom orders on select styles for clients who want a special color, leather material or height.

About Mark Schwartz

As a young man in the early 1980s, Schwartz launched his shoe design career by assisting shoe design master, Roger Vivier. Within two years, he became the creative director for Roger Vivier International and helped with the design of many eclectic collections during his seven years with the company.

During his time there, he was introduced to many influential players in the New York art scene, most importantly Andy Warhol, who mentored Schwartz until his death. Warhol urged him to paint his shoe designs and the two would meet a few times each month to exchange ideas and talk about shoes and art. Schwartz continues to be influenced by Warhol today and imprints art in all of his shoes.

Schwartz has designed shoes for Barney's, Bergdorf Goodman, Cleo Bottier, and Neiman Marcus. He's collaborated on design projects with Balenciaga, Chanel, Gucci, Jean Claude Jitrois, Ralph Lauren, Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs, Christian Lacroix, Hermes, Bill Blass, Richard Tyler, Joyce Echols and Calvin Klein.

He's also been commissioned by some notable celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Madonna, Julia Roberts, Sharon Stone, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Natasha Richardson, Tina Turner, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Halle Berry, Angelina Jolie, Hillary Rodham Clinton, Gianna Milani and Wendy Williams to custom design their shoes.

A seasoned interviewee, Schwartz is available for live interviews to discuss his history of shoe designing, his shoe art with Andy Warhol and this new men's shoes collection.

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Online Retailer,, Sends Out 10,000 Free KN95 Respirator Masks to All Their Customers

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- Online men's tie and accessory retailer is sending free protective respirator masks with every order they ship out. The first 10,000 orders they ship will receive a free mask. Bows-N-Ties ships to more than 50 countries and aims to flatten the curve of COVID-19 by sending out the newly FDA approved KN95 respirator masks to all customers.

"We want to do our part and help contain the spread of the coronavirus," says Bows-N-Ties founder and CEO Hendrik Pohl. The retailer is using their existing supply chain with China to import these masks.

"Thankfully we already have an agent overseas who manages the entire import process, and ensures all masks carry proper certification. Sadly, there are just too many counterfeit products and scams out there," explains Pohl.

The masks are shipped via the retailer's existing fulfillment warehouse and are added to every order at no cost.

"Our business took a huge hit because so many events where customers wear our products, have all been canceled. So instead of laying off our entire fulfillment team, we decided to ship out masks at no cost with every order. We think it is a win-win: We don't have to lay off any employees, and we help people protect themselves from getting sick," says Pohl.

The retailer will start shipping the respirators with every online order placed after April 7, 2020. There is no minimum purchase required to receive the free masks.

"It is our goal to send out as many masks as possible", says Pohl. After the initial 10,000 masks ran out, the retailer already secured more shipments. Besides adding free masks to every order, the retailer is helping hospitals procure masks at cost.

"If anyone needs masks in bulk, then we will gladly help with the import process at no cost. We can get 100,000 masks shipped and delivered within 7 business days and the factory we work with has a capacity of 3 Million masks per week," says Pohl. is a small family owned online retailer specializing in the design and production of men's ties, bow ties, suspenders, vests, and other accessories. The company was started in 2007 in San Francisco California and currently has 7 employees.

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