Alejandro Ingelmo's rich knowledge of traditional craftsmanship originates directly from his family's teachings. While his construction reflects those techniques passed on to him, Ingelmo consistently reaches for modernity in his silhouettes and finishing details. With the essence of his heritage and innovative technological development, Ingelmo has become known for his exquisitely produced product.
With an entrepreneurial spirit inherited by his family's roots in footwear design, Alejandro Ingelmo's legacy dates back to his great grandfather who was a cobbler in Salamanca, Spain. After migrating from Spain to Cuba, his grandfather is credited with building the family business, Ingelmo Shoes, into one of the most prestigious men's shoe companies in the country. Known for their craftsmanship, they manufactured men's wingtips and operated both a factory and a shop. Following the appointment of Castro in Cuba, Ingelmo's family moved to Miami where Alejandro was born and raised.
Accessory Designer, Alejandro Ingelmo, debuted his first women's shoe collection in Fall/Winter 2006. Working out of his Soho-based studio in Manhattan, Ingelmo mingles the Cuban influences of his heritage with a directional New York edge.
After finding initial success with his women's line, Ingelmo set forth on the addition of a men's shoe collection to launch in Spring/Summer 2007 and the demand was immediate. "AI's" quickly developed a cult following among editors and celebrities who were captivated by his classic silhouettes in exotic materials.
In 2008, Alejandro was one of the CFDA Vogue Fashion Fund Top Ten candidates and has been nominated in both 2009 and 2011 for the Swarovski Award for Accessory Design.