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The shoe fit for this fashion maven when it came to designing sky-high heels.

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Vital Stats: Holly Dunlap, 33, of Hollywould

Company: New York City-based accessory and apparel company

2005 Projected sales: Over $1 million

Shoe-in: In 1989, then-16-year-old Dunlap was an intern for fashion designer Carolyne Roehm, who paid her with Manolo Blahnik shoes. Dunlap soon morphed from a flip-flop-sporting girl into a self-professed "shoe snob." She went to design school, majoring in apparel design, then worked in the fashion industry in Europe and the U.S. for nearly a decade. In 2000, she started Hollywould, though she had no footwear design experience. "My only experience with shoes was wearing them!" she says. Still, she landed her first account with Bergdorf Goodman.

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