Alexandre Birman launched his namesake brand in 2008. Born into a family of shoemakers, the Brazilian designer launched his own label, Schutz, in 1995 at the age of 19. After seeing annual revenues of over $64 million, Birman merged Schutz with his family's shoe group, Arezzo, and eventually took over leadership of the group in 2011. Birman is known for his use of exotic skins, luxurious suedes, and colorblocked designs. The line is loved by A-listers like Gisele Bundchen, Blake Lively, and the Duchess of Cambridge.