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SJP embarrassed by shoe line name

Sarah Jessica Parker got a little help from Manolo Blahnik's CEO when she started her shoe line.

The actress is best known to most as New York fashionista Carrie Bradshaw from Sex and the City. Although she hasn't played the role since the second film in 2010, Sarah is just as stylish in real life as she is on screen.

Her fashion credentials led to her own shoe line, SJP Collection, but Sarah was vehemently against the use of her initials.

"I tried not to have my name on it [the collection. I begged everybody," she confessed to "It embarrassed me, and I didn’t actually like it. I had other ideas, I can’t recall.”

However she was swayed on the matter, and the shoes have been a massive success for the star.

The Italian-made footwear wouldn't have been possible without a little help from an influential friend.

"I picked up the phone and I called George Malkemus [CEO of Manolo Blahnik] and I said, 'This is ridiculous, and forgive me if this sounds presumptuous, but would you ever consider producing a shoe line with me?' And he said, 'Be at my office tomorrow morning at 8am,'" she recalled.

Sarah works with retailer Nordstrom on her line, and even though it's been a triumph the 50-year-old says she's the wrong person to ask for style advice.

"That's why this whole thing of like, what's important for spring, what's the right shoe to feel powerful, is a bunch of malarkey... There are a million different women and they're all different sizes and shapes and ethnic backgrounds and colours and they have different needs and different desires and different fantasies," she recently told Popsugar.

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