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MICHAEL TOSCHI: CEO & Founder

Michael Toschi is one of the shoe industry's most creative and prolific designers. Before his latest venture with LUV Footwear, Michael was, and still is, the creative force behind Michael Toschi International, a premier brand of luxury men's footwear, accessories and fine leather goods entirely handcrafted in Italy. Michael Toschi designs are sold in many of the world's top boutiques and worn by the most discriminating customers, among them professional athletes and A-list celebrities including Tom Cruise, Clint Eastwood, Michael Jordan, Jay Leno and Joe Montana. His products also have been featured in leading publications such as Men's Health, Robb Report, Travel + Leisure, Automobile Magazine, MR and Footwear News.  
 
Designing footwear has been a lifelong passion for Michael, who began studying and honing his craft at the young age of 15. He founded NewLink, a design consulting firm, in 1987, and quickly became a sought-after talent, tapped to create product for a long list of prestigious brands including Nike, Adidas, Ugg, Avia, Esprit, Rockport and Banana Republic. He was an integral part of Reebok's Advanced Concepts Team during the development of the brand's iconic Pump technology.
 
A San Francisco Bay Area native, Michael loves to share his passion for cooking, cycling, music, and family.  He gives back in the Bay Area community as a member of the Board of Directors of the Make-A-Wish Foundation's Greater Bay Area chapter.  Thanks to a close relationship with his young daughter, Michael keeps a pulse on youth culture that continues to inspire his direction of both LUV footwear and Michael Toschi International.
Someone once asked me, "What will you do when you run out of ideas?" I won't. Inspiration is all around and through LUV we aim to share that notion.
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JOY STOREY: CFO

Joy Storey is LUV Footwear’s chief financial officer, bringing over 20 years of experience in strategic planning and profit improvement. A California native, Joy also has tremendous international experience having lived in Taiwan, The Philippines and Malaysia. After graduating from University of California, Riverside, Joy started her professional career at Apple Inc. After several years in high tech and with her MBA from San Jose State University, Joy moved into the fashion industry. Joy served as the CFO of John Carlisle, a luxury clothing manufacturer. She was instrumental in growing their business eight fold during her tenure.

Joy joined Michael Toschi International in 2005 as CFO. During that time she has been responsible for all financial functions and management of the business.

 

We run our business with the same passion and creativity that we put into our designs. That’s what truly excites me about LUV.
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BRANT J. SICHKO: Director of Sales

Brant Sichko is LUV Footwear’s sales director, bringing over twenty years of industry experience to his role as head of wholesale business development and account support. Having spent his summers working in his family’s women’s shoe stores, Brant grew up immersed in the footwear trade. Recruited by Mephisto, he became a merchandising representative covering Southern California. Later, as an account executive, he managed multiple territories for Santoni Shoes, including Northern California, the Northwest, and the Rocky Mountain sates. Most recently, he served as To Boot New York Account Executive overseeing a multi-million dollar business while working with luxury independent accounts, such as Nordstrom, Saks 5th Avenue, and Bloomingdales.

In his spare time, Brant remains connected to the independent boutique world through his friends and family in the shoe business. A well traveled Floridian, he is a fan of music, baseball, and canoeing.

I have always searched for a product to sell that makes retail FUN...and LUV is it!
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CHELSEA WILSON: Director of Operations

Chelsea Wilson is LUV Footwear's director of operations, managing day-to-day activities and leading new initiatives.  Always pursuing the sweet spot between creativity and structure, she began her career at a Bay Area tech start-up as a UI Designer, later transitioning into Client Management.  There she designed applications for such retail giants as Aldo, Athleta, and Limited Brands.  She also lead executions of fast-paced, high-profile projects for clients including American Express, AT&T, and UPS.  Following her time in the tech industry with the launch of her own virtual holistic health coaching business, Chelsea is well-versed in the adventures of bringing a start-up to growth.
 
Chelsea was raised in San Francisco, and migrated to the East Bay during her time at U.C. Berkeley.  She spends her free time dancing, learning new languages, traveling, and volunteering for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Passion, inspiration, and creativity are daily practices at LUV. That shines through in the brand, and it's what most lights me up about being a part of this team.