Mothercare

8th June

One client in particular that I do seasonal work for has a stronghold on multiple slots of the Mothercare range. For several years now I have been lucky enough to work on these styles and with this great company. From baby padders to childrens sneakers, always interesting and always different. It is always a pleasure to work on this type of footwear and often a refreshing change from the typical freelance work that comes to a footwear designer.

The Brand

Mothercare has always prided itself on good quality, value for money footwear – I don’t just mean cheap and happy, I mean genuinely good quality footwear at an affordable price. There is also a strong level of ethics in Mothercare shoes. They are child friendly, they do not have multiple components that can be broken and swallowed. Their manufacturers adhere to … Read More »



Yuketen Spring / Summer 12 Collection

6th June

Yuketen is classic made in the USA, both footwear and luggage. Established in 1985, designer Yuki Matsuda uses American fine quality craftsmanship to create footwear inspired by the artisans he has met during his travels. Utilising these skills he crosses contemporary silhouettes and materials with traditional crafting. A proud and rich brand that produces beautiful shoes.

High grade leathers with a modern finish, this SS12 collection is looking great. In the range you can see snakeskin leathers with an almost sand camouflage effect, zig zag leather raw edges and brogue style punching, laced styles finished off with a square strip of leather to tie up your shoes.

The stunning contrasts in the classic styling – a welted outsole offset by the modern take on materials. It has a very unique and bold look that … Read More »



Pineapple Dance

1st June

I was fortunate enough to be right at the start of Pineapple Dance Studios successful dive into the footwear world. Watching it go from strength to strength, season upon season is truly a pleasure. Eye catching innovative shoes that are casual but also good enough to dance in.

The Brand

Debbie Moore founded the internationally renowned Pineapple Dance Studios in the location of an old pineapple warehouse in Covent Garden, central London, in 1979. The philosophy behind the creation of Pineapple Dance Studios was to break down the elitist barriers surrounding dance, and make it available to everyone, from the absolute beginner to the advanced and professional dancer.



Feud Britannia

1st June

This brand is bought in stores such as Kurt Geiger and Office. Made in quality materials with a genuinely British take on shoes. Fashionable and very trendy, this English brand produces some great footwear. I have been fortunate to collaborate on the men’s wear range, keep an eye on this summers light weight group.

 

The Brand

Paying homage to the infamous London fashion scene its inspiration was taken from the city’s many facades. Initially a women’s footwear brand, the success led to the launch of the mens footwear in 2009. A combination of high quality craftmanship, unique design detailing and innovative techniques has secured Feud as an aspirational brand within the UK and European market. The signature style of vintage meets contemporary has attracted a celebrity following as well as press coverage.



Monkfish Malibu

1st June

Fun and funky, easy going, innovative footwear. The best way to describe these shoes are Ath’leisure but with some styles dabbling in the more formal such as drivers and hiking boots and other styles more suited to casual chinos or rolled up jeans for the summer. What a pleasure to “work” on. With a small launch for SS11 they are going for a full launch at AW12’s Bread and Butter.

 

The Brand

As with Blowfish (the Monkfish sister brand), the laid back Californian vibe and personality is part of the Monkfish DNA and is at the very core of the brand. With the motto ‘T-shirts for feet’ Monkfish communicates its desire to create branded footwear that is affordable and incorporates new trends each season within core styles.

 




A Little taster from one of my blogs!

Simple tutorial on how to make a baby padder, all leather, hand stitched, raw edge and unlined. On this post I am going to show from start to finish, how to make your own baby shoes, bear in mind, you will need some tools and the pattern is cut from leather and there is no glue. Start with suede as it is more flexible and easier to work with than other treated leathers. It is still good quality suede, soft touch on the skin, inside and out of the shoe...

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