The EILEEN SHIELDS brand is about slow fashion, creating seasonless shoes and leather pieces, that are hand-crafted in Tuscany, Italy. Every piece has an element of grace & grit with exquisite craftmanship combined with the ease and edginess of the street. Believing in fewer, better products, we are selling direct to the consumer in order to provide the highest quality with the most value.
All of 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 and the industry catches up with our needs, we define each component and where we are meeting this goal, today.
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 Awards 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.