Rodney B. Simon began informally sketching shoes in 1998 after becoming frustrated with the partners of Andre Byron (a luxury brand that he started with hand painted t-shirts). Rodney dreamed of moving to NYC to master, then compete with the worlds best in accessory design. After taking sound advice from his parents, in March 2000 Rodney relocated to NYC, in pursuit of formal training, with a vision of building a solid luxury brand starting with footwear, and handbags Made In Italy. Atfter arriving in NYC, Rodney worked a short successful stint as a sales associate in the designer ladies shoe parlor at Macy's Herald Square. He then was instructed to enroll at the Fashion Institute of Technology where he mastered the basic construction of footwear. During this time he also obtained an internship with ENYCE (footwear division) where he learned the craft of technical design, product development, and the importance of interperting all design details to your factory team to get the as close to 100% correct as possible on the first sample. While seeking industry employment Rodney managed to close on several freelance opportunities with Steve Madden, JungYuro, and a few more smaller brands; however he grew restless, because no firm would hire him. It was at this moment he believed that is was the time to share his creative gifts with the world without limitations. Early 2011 Designer, Rodney B. Simon, began to develope a collection of Italian made product samples for a new luxury brand. In 2013 with a 7 style collection completely developed, luxury footwear brand Byron Simon was born.
Byron Simon creative focus is based on comfortable, original, timelss, pieces, impeccable in craftsmanship using the worlds finest materials. Our desire is that our customer want’s to wear them everyday, anytime, anywhere, DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER.
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Rodney B. Simon (Byron) began informally sketching shoes in early 1988 while planning to move to NYC. Byron envisioned creating a fresh luxury brand starting with footwear Made In Italy.
After arriving in NYC, Byron worked as a sales associate in the designer ladies shoe parlor at Macy's Herald Square. During this time he also interned shortly with ENYCE (footwear division) where he was taught the formula for technical footwear design, and product development. Byron enrolled in the Fashion Institute of Technology to study the basic construction of footwear. Byron also managed to close on several freelance opportunities with Steve Madden, and a few smaller brands during this time. It was at this moment Byron believed it was time to first focus on mastering this craft he loves, and then share his creative direction with the world.
Byron Simon, began to develop a collection of Italian made product samples for his new luxury brand. In August 2013, Byron Simon LLC was founded. Byron Simon creative vision is based on comfortable, original, timelss, pieces, impeccable in craftsmanship using the worlds finest materials. Byron Simon intent is that each customer desires to wear our brand of shoes everyday, anytime, anywhere, or simply "DRESSED FOR THE WEATHER".