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Workshop rennovation
We have been doing a few home improvements on the workshop recently to make it lighter, brighter, more efficient and dare I say it more organised. We've still got a way to go but it's looking so much better already! Look forward to share the finished result soon... 
 
Yorkshire Sculpture
I'm a Northern girl and I don't get chance to go home that much but when we do one of my favourite places to go with my boys is the Yorkshire Sculpture Park. This Easter was no exception. 
 
backstage SS17
Summer shoot in June on the beach. Sounds perfect right? except this is England, so true to form the weather decided to be overcast, grey and threatening rain all day. We found a secluded spot dotted with beach florals and vegetation amongst the stones and set up camp. A rail of great clothes, a series of mirrored cubes and the desire to create something interesting with our beautiful shoes. Below is a glimpse into what we got up to on the day.
  
With thanks to our friends at Motoreta, Tiny Cottons, Play is Work, Bobo Choses, Scandi Mini and House of Flora for lending us their awesome clothes and hats. xx

 

Margate & more

I started thinking about ideas for Spring Summer 17 on a trip to Margate where Tom and I spent a lot of time walking the coastline of chalk cliffs and sandy beaches. The beautiful white cliffs, the colour of the sea and the tranquility of being somewhere quiet and far from the hustle of city life. At the time we were considering a move outside London so our conversations revolved around a search for a better way of life for our family. In London we had been working hard, running at full pelt juggling all sorts of projects and yet only managing to keep our heads above water so I guess we were searching for a place to be able to breathe, to change the pace of life and to enjoy living.

“A time for reflection” feels apt not only for where our heads were at when we created the collection but also taking into account all the current goings on in the world at the moment.

Anyway, returning to some of the things that sparked ideas… back in Margate at the Turner contemporary an excellent exhibition by local artist Rose Wylie added to the thought process. The white figures in the painting “Pink Table Cloth” were an element I wanted to include in our styling and white was to become key in our seasonal colour palette.

Next in the mix was a re-visit to the first collection I ever worked on for Dries Van Noten which was inspired by a book by photographer Jackie Nickerson called FARM. If you haven’t ever seen a copy then do. It’s a beautiful collection of photographs of African farm workers. Along with incredible style the images have an overriding sense of calm and wide open space which was something I wanted to capture in our new campaign.

Last up is a postcard of a figure painted by Lowry. Coat, black hat and boots. So there you go, add in a few great leathers and hey presto! 

 

AW17 preview
Hello! We'll be previewing our Autumn Winter 17 collection at Playtime Paris from 28-30 January. I think it's going to be our most beautiful collection so far so please come and have a look: stand F28.
Look forward to see you there. xx
Happy New Year !
We've made some awesome shoes this year and as always it's been a pretty epic juggling act for me and Tom. Somehow we've managed to cram so much into the year so here's a big thank you to all our family and friends, to our retailers and press and to everyone who has ordered a pair of our shoes or boots and who have supported us along this journey. Thank you!  and happy new year xx 
Here's a few of my highlights...

Winter sun
It's that time in between Christmas and New Year when you've done the frenzy of presents, family are all gone home and you need to get out for a change of scenery and a blast of fresh air. With Tom watching football me and the boys decided to have a little outing to Bexhill to the De La Warr pavillion, a beautiful Art Deco pavillion turned art gallery on the coast not far from us. 
We spent almost the entire day on the beach building rock castles and collecting shells and feathers in the most glorious winters sun. Must do it again soon...
Seaside, shells & shoes
Having been trying to get together to play with our favourite moccasin makers Amy & Ivor for well over a year, maybe longer, all it took was a vintage VW rally in Brighton to finally make it happen!
 
Beautiful hand made shoes and moccasins all round of course and what better way to spend one of the last days of summer than on the beach throwing stones into the waves, listening to the sound of the sea in shells and most excitingly for my boys playing in the camper. What more could a little boy want than to get to drive the van?! And of course there was only one way to finish the day: with big pile of fish and chips ;) Here's to many more weekends like this...
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