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Daniel Nieto

Senior Footwear Designer
Portfolio website
About

Specialized in designing Dress & Sports Footwear for Women and Men, I have had the privilege of working across diverse brand aesthetics, target customer demographics, and international markets. My design approach is marked by a unique blend of creativity, meticulous attention to detail, hands-on technical skills, and a wealth of experience in developing collections in factories across Europe, Asia, and the Americas. Throughout my journey, I have consistently been recognized for my innovative, technically proficient, inspiring footwear designs and ability to foresee trends to deliver beautiful and wearable shoes. I am a graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC, where I was honored with the 1st place award in the Next Generation Awards for Excellence in Footwear Design by The Accessories Council in 2010. My career has taken me to live and work in various countries and factory environments, exposing me to a rich variety of craftsmanship, materials, cultures, and beliefs. These experiences have become a deep well of inspiration for my work. I am driven by a passion to create impactful designs that blend cultural and fashion knowledge with modern design, technology, sustainability, art, innovative materials, and emerging trends

Previous Brands
ASH
Bliss Lau
Calvin Klein
Colombian Luxury Lifestyle Fashion Expo Show at the Metroloplitan Pavilion - NYC
D'Nieto Accessories
Dolls Kill
Donna Karan International - Collection
DVF - Diane von Furstenberg
FLASH DESIGNS INC.
MLO
Work Experience
Senior Footwear & Accessories Designer
Sep ‘21 -
Dolls Kill

Footwear & Accessories Design Consultant
Feb ‘20 - Mar ‘20
Dolls Kill

Footwear Design Consultant
Jan ‘20 - Dec ‘22
MLO

Owner / Footwear Design Consultant
Jan ‘17 -
FLASH DESIGNS INC.

Design consulting agency specialized in fashion & sports footwear, handbags and accessories for Contemporary, Luxury & International markets.

Senior Footwear Designer
Jan ‘14 - Dec ‘19
ASH

Accessories Design Trainee
Feb ‘10 - Sep ‘10
Calvin Klein

Footwear Designer at Diane von Furstenberg (S&B)
Jan ‘10 - Dec ‘13
DVF - Diane von Furstenberg

Footwear Design Intern for Collection
Aug ‘09 - Dec ‘09
Donna Karan International - Collection

Accessories Design Intern
May ‘09 - Jul ‘09
Bliss Lau

•Helped to handcraft new jewelry designs for the collection •Assisted in PR appointments and meetings •Enhanced and updated the efficiency of the production by creating new methods and systems •Aided with fall production and follow ups on all orders •Oversaw visual merchandising for trunk shows and special events

Creative Director & Producer
Jan ‘09 - Dec ‘09
Colombian Luxury Lifestyle Fashion Expo Show at the Metroloplitan Pavilion - NYC

Coordinated, directed & oversaw entire production of the show Cast models, make up artist and hairstylist for all of the Fashion Shows Created floor plan of the runway and arrangement of the booths for the expositors

Owner and Designer
Feb ‘08 - Sep ‘09
D'Nieto Accessories

Languages
English - Fluent
Spanish - Fluent
French - Work Proficiency
Italian - Work Proficiency
Portuguese - Work Proficiency
Recommendations
Jennifer Ching
Design Director, Footwear & Accessories
Sep 2021 -

Daniel has a keen eye for detail and elevated aesthetic. His approach to design is methodical and thoughtful. He is able to clearly convey ideas and articulate design thinking. He is a team player and all-around good human being. Anyone would be lucky to work with him.

Bernard Figueroa
Vice President of Design
Jan 2010 - Dec 2013

Daniel is very creative designer. He is a hard worker always ready to find ideas and solutions to have them executed. I highly recommend him for his talent and character

Manon Frappier
Senior Vice President
Feb 2010 - Sep 2010

During our tenure at Calvin Klein in the accessory design department, I had the distinct privilege of overseeing Daniel Nieto's exceptional talents and creative endeavors. From the very beginning, it was evident that he stood out in a league of his own. In an industry where uniqueness and innovation are key, his creativity knew no bounds. But his talents were not just limited to design.Daniel consistently showcased a remarkable foresight, anticipating projects and seamlessly navigating any challenges. His readiness to assist others, coupled with an astute understanding of the fashion industry, made him an invaluable asset to our team. Above all, what truly set Daniel apart was his infectious and sunny disposition. His positivity and fun-loving nature effortlessly transformed the ambiance of any room he stepped into, making even the most taxing workdays feel a tad bit lighter and more pleasant. In luxury , where brand identity and aesthetics go hand in hand, Daniel's impeccable blend of talent and character is rare. Any institution would be fortunate to have such a gem within its ranks, and I am confident he will continue to shine and elevate the standards wherever he goes.

Catherine Brickhill
Artistic Director
Jan 2014 - Dec 2019

Daniel is a dynamic talented shoe designer. He brings rich cross-cultural references and inspiration in his work and works with ease and technical agility whether designing a sneaker or a dress shoe. Above and beyond his design and technical capacities he has a global eye for fashion and trends. Daniel is a dedicated team player and an absolute pleasure to work with.

Education & Training
Fashion Institute of Technology
‘06 - ‘10
Bachelor's Degree
Fashion Institute of Technology
‘06 - ‘08
Associate's degree
Paris, France