>> This Syrian refugee has brought trendy horde couture to France. Daniel Essa is selling his own brand of luxury sneakers. It's not only being a hit with wealthy Europeans but Hollywood has also taken to his laceless designs. Actress Whoopi Goldberg placed an order after spotting a pair on a friend's feet.
Daniel left Siri's war in 2014 leaving everything behind.>>
> Each pair of his shoes has a message, etched under the tongue of the words freedom, kisses or peace.
It was difficult for me to take the decision to leave, especially because I was setting up my workshop in Damascus. I'd travel to buy all the equipment. I was getting the shop ready when I decided to leave everything behind and go.>>
He was taught to sew by his grandmother and had to persuade his parents that fashion was not just for girls. The 30 year old shoes are already on sale in Beverly Hills and Paris, but they may be just for the rich and famous, as a pair will set you back $390.