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The Ballets

Eileen Shields is delighted to premiere her introductory style for 2021 - a series of new Ballets in a sumptuous range of materials and color ways.

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Designed in the East Village, NYC

From the beauty of the graffiti art to the historic vibrancy of multiple generations, the East Village—the New York City neighborhood Eileen Shields has made home—gives constant inspiration. That grit of the city, worn-in, aged, satisfied; that edginess in the wisdom, the freshness, the just 'not so precious'.

Slow Fashion

The EILEEN SHIELDS brand is about slow fashion, creating season-less shoes and leather pieces that are hand-crafted in Tuscany, Italy.

Grace & Grit

Every piece has an element of grace and grit with exquisite craftsmanship combined with the ease and edginess of the street.

Direct-To-Consumer

Believing in fewer, better products, we are selling directly to you in order to provide the highest quality with the most value.

Generational Craftsmanship from Tuscany Italy

Our factories and suppliers have been chosen through personal relationships with generational, family-owned businesses. We celebrate the over 400 craftspeople that are involved in each one of our products. We use non-toxic, locally and ethically sourced natural materials, which use mostly plant-based or metal-free dyes. Further, our packaging is designed and produced for re-use or as a keepsake.

We are committed to the welfare of the environment in the creation of each component of our products. We are striving to make them fully biodegradable, but while technology catches up with our needs, we define each component, and where we are meeting this goal, today.

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grace & grit

Eileen Shields shares her design philosophy as she develops new styles at her New York studio.

Delectable... that rarest of things: high concept, yet completely unpretentious.

British Vogue

Eileen Shields

Born in New York, Eileen Shields grew up in Ireland, and, after graduating from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, worked for Donna Karan International in New York for over a decade. She launched the EILEEN SHIELDS label in September 2004, which was sold in over 60 stores globally, with her own store and art gallery in Dublin. Shields also collaborated and produced the footwear collection for Zero+Maria Cornejo, whilst also working on the footwear collections for many New York clothing designers including Zac Posen, Michael Kors and Derek Lam.

Shields won the Irish Tatler International Woman of the Year Award and was a finalist in the Fashion Group International New York - Rising Star Award for Accessories. Returning to Donna Karan for several years in 2012 as VP of Footwear Design, Shields now, once again, has opened her own studio in the East Village, NYC, working on newly engineered constructions using the direct-to-consumer model.

One Style at a time...

Our season-less products are available to buy always. There are no collections and no seasons. We are introducing new products one at a time, every two months. All are made from biodegradable materials whenever technically possible, and sourced local to our partner factories in Tuscany, Italy.