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  • Is it normal to have a designer crush…? Either way, the honest truth is I’m obsessed with Shani Bar’s shoes since day one! There is no nicer or gentler way to say it and my multiple posts can back me up! The way Shani grows her business with her own two hands and the help of her loving partner is inspiring. The best part is she doesn’t even think about slowing down. With a brand new store in Berlin, I’m sure you’re gonna run into some more of them around the world in no time.
    I can go on and on but I better leave the talking for sweet Shani.
    So… here we go!
    {Photos by Roni Cna’ani}
    www.shanibar.com
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I’d love to hear about you, your journey, how it all began.
It all began in a small studio in my old apartment after i graduate the academy of art and design Bezalel. i was experiencing in creating my first own collection by doing all the process of manufacturing by my myself. it was a wonderful experiences in which i learn a lot about shoes.
the reaction was amazing and i decided to start my own shoe line professorially.
Can you describe your work process for me?
It all began in a small studio in my old apartment after I graduated from the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design. I was creating my first collection and doing all the manufacturing by my myself. It was a wonderful experience in which I learned a lot about shoe making.
The reaction from people was amazing and so I decided to start my own shoe line professionally.
Which materials do you work with?
I mainly work with leather materials. It’s my favorite and it doesn’t stop surprising me with It’s ability to change and take new forms.
What is the most unusual piece you have ever designed?
I designed a shoe for an art expo. The inspiration for it came from the world of carnivorous plants.
The name of the piece was called “Venus trap”. the shoe is divided into two parts, in the front it’s a simple pump in nude color, and in the back the form continues into a shape of a deep red flower that seduces the feet to get inside the shoe. When the foot slides in the shoe transforms it shape.
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What’s next? What is your dream?
After I opened my first store in europe and sold to exclusive boutiques, my goal is to expand and open more brand stores over seas.
I’m curious to know where does your inspiration come from?
My inspiration come from every day life, usually from things that are overlooked by most of us such as nature, city life, movies, art and so on.
Can you tell me which designers inspire you?
I like Alexander Mcqueen‘s designs very much. I like the way he executes and translates the theme he chooses into a brilliant piece of fashion art.

I also liked how that he handmade the details in each piece and above all, his amazing and unique ability to bring it to life on the catwalk.

Can you tell me which web sites and blogs you visit regularly?
These days there are a lot of blogs and websites full of inspiration, one of my favorite is the Virtual Shoe Museum. It’s an amazing web site that presents all kinds of unique shoes. I myself am taking part in it.
What is the best advice you’ve ever received?
The best advice I received was to take long breaks from work and open my self to new experiences. It influenced my work and well being.
If you had an extra hour each day what would you do with it?
I would like to give more hours at the animal shelter I am currently volunteering at.