Ms. Parker met Mr. Malkemus within the early ’80s; she was a younger actress working in Los Angeles, and he and Mr. Blahnik had been on the town for a trunk present.
“I didn’t have a great deal of money,” she stated in an interview, “but I bought a lot of shoes, though I wasn’t in a position to do so. I was enchanted when a few months later they arrived and Manolo had signed them. In my estimation and Pat’s estimation” — Patricia Field, the costume designer for “Sex and the City” — “Manolos were ‘the’ shoe, and when we started doing the show, we came to George.”
George Dewey Malkemus III was born on Feb. 23, 1954, in San Antonio, Texas. His mother and father, George Jr. and Dorothy (Hesskew) Malkemus, had been federal workers. (*67*) youthful Mr. Malkemus attended Baylor University in Waco as a pre-med scholar for a number of years earlier than transferring to New York City within the late Seventies. He met Mr. Yurgaitis, then a mannequin, whereas working as a salesman at Paul Stuart, the boys’s retailer. They married in 2013.
In addition to Mr. Yurgaitis, Mr. Malkemus is survived by his father; a sister, Cynthia Malkemus Green; and two brothers, Perry and Mark.
Mr. Blahnik and Mr. Malkemus ended their partnership in 2019. In a press release reported by Women’s Wear Daily, Mr. Malkemus stated that Mr. Blahnik’s niece, who was working the Blahnik enterprise, had “offered unacceptable terms” and that he and Mr. Yurgaitis had declined to renew their license of 37 years.
He quickly shuttered the townhouse, on East 54th Street, that that they had subsequently purchased within the late Nineties to home the boutique. Last yr, he reopened it because the Manhattan flagship for Ms. Parker’s model. She and Mr. Malkemus had been the designers, and the sneakers — although female, fairly and infrequently sparkly — don’t appear to be Blahnik-manques.