Pooling their joint talents, including a love of vintage fashions, knowledge of contemporary design and experiences in New York City fashion, Hilary Rosenman and Barri Budin fulfilled a special niche in women's shoes, creating an appealing line of footwear called Madison Harding shoes for the world-wise eyes and thrifty budgets of downtown girls just like them.
The designers choose a name that symbolizes their roots: Madison Harding is a compilation of the names of the streets where they grew up (Hilary in New York City and Barri in New Jersey). The style and image of the Madison Harding brand is similar, blending the fashion capitol's current trends with a hint of vintage chic to represent the designers themselves and their Lower East Side lifestyle.
Although still relatively new to the style scene, Madison Harding shoes are obviously on the right track. The fall collection anchors itself in soft suede, popping with details such as contrast stitching and sassy cutouts. For spring, Madison Harding expands into new territory with lots of woven accents, ranging from braided uppers to espadrille soles. A few fringes and metallic shimmers once again give distinguishing detail to a collection that's sure to stick around for a long while.