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George Malkemus Reflects on Memorable Ride at Manolo Blahnik & Looks Ahead to Next Chapter

George Malkemus was a 27-year-old copy chief at Bergdorf Goodman in New York when he first met an up-and-coming shoe designer in the 1980s.
“[Former Bergdorf president and fashion director] Dawn Mello knocked on my door 37 years ago and said you should meet this guy Manolo Blahnik,” Malkemus recalled today, choking back tears. He acknowledged that “it’s very hard saying goodbye” after revealing his decision not to renew a licensing deal with the now-legendary design veteran.
Another memory that has been top of mind in the past few days? Meeting with [former Neiman Marcus CEO] Burt Tansky early on, and hearing the retail executive say that Blahnik could be as important as Ferragamo had been in the shoe world.
That certainly proved to be true.
Malkemus and his partner — in business and in life — Anthony Yurgaitis will continue operating the U.S. business in their midtown Manhattan headquarters through January. At that time, the parent company, led by the designer’s niece Kristina Blahnik, will officially take over.
Malkemus sat down with his stateside team yesterday to discuss the news and reached out to many of his contacts across the industry, including longtime factory partners. “The shoe business is a life, and it’s one

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