George Malkemus, who pushed Manolos to new heights, dies at 67
Ms. Parker met Mr. Malkemus in the early 1980s; she was a young actress who worked in Los Angeles, and he and Mr. Blahnik were in town for a show.
“I didn’t have a lot of money,” she said in an interview, “but I bought a lot of shoes even though I wasn’t able to. I was delighted. when a few months later they arrived and Manolo had signed them. In my opinion and that of Pat “- Patricia Field, the costume designer of” Sex and the City “-” The Manolos were ‘the’ shoe, and when we did started doing the show, we came to George. “
George Dewey Malkemus III was born on February 23, 1954 in San Antonio, Texas. His parents, George Jr. and Dorothy (Hesskew) Malkemus, were federal employees. Young Mr. Malkemus attended Baylor University in Waco as a medical student for a few years before moving to New York City in the late 1970s. He met Mr. Yurgaitis, then a model, while he was working. as a salesman at Paul Stuart, the men’s boutique. They got married in 2013.
Besides Mr. Yurgaitis, Mr. Malkemus is survived by his father; one sister, Cynthia Malkemus Green; and two brothers, Perry and Mark.
Mr Blahnik and Mr Malkemus ended their partnership in 2019. In a statement reported by Women’s Wear Daily, Mr Malkemus said that Mr Blahnik’s niece, who ran the Blahnik business, had “offered terms unacceptable ”and that he and Mr. Yurgaitis had refused to renew their 37-year license.
He quickly closed the townhouse on East 54th Street, which they later bought in the late 1990s to house the store. Last year it reopened it as a Manhattan flagship for Ms. Parker’s brand. She and Mr. Malkemus were the designers, and the shoes – though feminine, pretty, and often sparkly – don’t look like Blahnik-misses.