Pastry is the brainchild of Vanessa and Angela Simmons, who came up with the idea of feminine but sporty footwear when the sisters couldn’t find anything suitable themselves one day while out shopping.
The line debuted with four shoe styles in the spring of 2007 and plays on a recurring theme of desserts and candy. The creation of the line was documented on the girls reality series “Run’s House” on which they star with their family and famous dad, Joseph “Rev Run” Simmons founding member of Run DMC. The shoes have been a smash hit, and the budding designers have expanded the line to over 200 footwear items, including matching clothing and handbags.
While many sneaker brands release women’s shoes as an afterthought, Pastry puts girls first. They offer a unisex collection of shoes designed for co-ed dance teams, but most styles are available only in women’s and girls’ sizes.
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About Angela Simmons
Angela Simmons (born September 18, 1987) was the editor for Angela’s Rundown, a monthly mini magazine targeted for youths of ages 14 – 19 which covers teen topics, style, music, and fashion that was distributed within Word Up! (magazine). The magazine also features fashion tips and in-depth celebrity “ugly duckling” interviews. Both magazines ceased publication in April 2012. She attended Fashion Institute of Technology for one year before dropping out to be a businesswoman. While dating rapper Bow Wow, she was featured in the music video for his single, Shortie Like Mine. On March 23, 2007, she launched Pastry Footwear with her older sister Vanessa, under their family’s line of footwear named Run Athletics. The first product line released is the “Cake Collection”, inspired by their favorite pastries. With sister Vanessa, she designs and runs the shoe brand.
About Vanessa Simmons
Vanessa Jean Simmons (born August 5, 1983) is an American TV personality. Her family featured in the MTV reality show Run’s House. She is currently the host and judge of Project Runway: Threads.