With more than 15 years of experience designing for women’s fashion brands, award-winning shoe designer Monika Kusinska-Paez launched Autograf New York in 2014. Driven by her personal endeavor to find well-made, comfortable shoes in uncommon sizes in the United States, Kusinska-Paez decided to bring the luxury of high-quality, Italian leather shoes stateside. In 2000, she attended Parsons School of Design with a concentration on footwear, and later designed for women’s shoe brands including Ann Taylor, Fossil, Lucchese and Camuto Group. 
"I launched Autograf New York for women like me, with special shoe needs - special in regards to their unusual off-the-grid needs, like extra room across bunions, large or small sizes and comfort over all. I don’t sell magic, air pockets or any tech solutions, just well-made genuine leather shoes - fashioned out of supreme components and made to last. I support traditional Italian manufacturing where my quantities of production are much lower, and I can manicure my offerings to the needs of my business growth."


Autograf New York is a line of high-quality, Italian leather shoes and boots designed by Monika Kusinska-Paez in partnership with Italian footwear brand APIA. As the exclusive U.S. retailer of APIA shoes, Autograf New York focuses on timeless styles with improved fit and offers "signature style for everyone" with a wide range of sizes, including hard-to-find petite and extended sizes.