It's hard to say what triggered Zack Lo's fascination with the heel. It could have been the Manolo Blahnik shoe spread in Vogue. It may have been the Alexander McQueen runway show on TV. It certainly wasn't the famous dumplings his family made at their restaurant in Ilan City in Taiwan.
No, even though culinary arts would have been the natural choice for Zack Lo, it was the delicate heel on a stiletto that captured his heart early on.There was something about how a simple shoe elevated a woman's walk into a sashay of confidence; it was subtle. It was powerful. It was entrancing. But a career as a shoe designer? That was not the Taiwanese tradition. Zack's parents expected another path for the boy — international business or law.
Zack dutifully studied to please his parents. But while he was at Kingston College in London, he befriended a classmate who could talk shoes as passionately as Zack. The two started sketching, and a collection was developed. There would be no career in international business. Zack would break off on his own, move to Boston, and surround himself with a support staff that nurtured his artistic vision of blending texture, color, shape, and high drama into a woman's shoe.
Animal-print platforms, fur-laced peep-toes, and fuchsia stilettos are commonplace in the Zack Lo world. Just two years old, his company has caught the attention of Oprah and Glamour magazine. His customers sprint (in heels, of course) to his private trunk shows. And his family proudly updates neighbors in their small village about their son's flourishing shoe-designing career — as an international businessman, no. An international business? It's just a matter of time.