08 November 2008
In a moment of madness or divine intervention Rupert Sanderson resigned from a promising career in advertising to learn how to make shoes at the Cordwainers College in East London.
During the summer break of the two year course he rode a motorbike to Italy to visit as many shoe factories, tanneries and last makers as he could.( loved this, I am imagining having tea with Rupert and discussing this chapter in his life in great detail)
In a very short time he was working in Italy firstly for Sergio Rossi and then Bruno Magli. Rupert is very proud to have been able to work with the founders and their families of both these companies before they were bought by larger luxury goods companies – it has stood him in good stead with the closely knit Italian shoe making community.
His design philosophy is simply ‘less is more’. Avoiding augmentation and over dressing the foot he concentrates on perfecting line, volume and material to flatter and lengthen the leg, and make women feel sexier. His inspiration comes from the materials themselves; from the sensual curve and silhouettes of the lasts and heels, to the quality and finish of the best leather and fabrics.
In 2008 Rupert Sanderson founded Fashion Fringe Shoes with Colin McDowell, with the aim of discovering and nurturing a new range of design talent.
To compliment his obsessive passion with the Italian craft of shoe making, every pair of Rupert Sanderson shoes is named after a Daffodil. How very English…
One of my internships was working with Doll, fashion event, production, and promotion agency. I was lucky enough to meet the great team behind Doll and work with them! Lee, Ed, Chris, and Clare took me into their wonderful space on Percy street where plans were being put in place for the Clothes Show Live in Birmingham which to my glee will be hosted by Heidi and Spencer from the Hills ! I managed to snap away some picees of the office on a Friday afternoon along with Surrie, another intern and loyally my partner-in-crime at Doll. We shared much laughter and frantic sessions over scanning/casting/emailing/excel-ing/registering, organizing, and hanging up the the truckloads of beautiful clothes for the Clothes Live Show. Check out more details of the largest fashion and beauty event in the world here and be sure to try to make it! It shall be a feast for the eyes!
Meeting Mary Katrantzou in person was a dream! Not only have I oogled over her work from Susie Bubble posts but I also kept a Mary folder in my pictures folder where I had tracted a bunch of inspirational images of her CSM clothing line before our paths crossed. She is just as wonderful as her designs and we chatted away for hours in the freezing cold over green tea and coffee! I cannot wait for her to unveil her new collections in the future.