Rachel Simpson - a little biog...
When people discover I’m a shoe designer, nine times out of ten they ask how I got into shoes (the other ten percent ask me what I think of their shoes ;)). The simple answer is that I did a footwear degree at DeMontfort University, had a rollercoaster few years, and somewhere along the line fell in love with the craft of shoe making. Prior to that was art college, and when I came to choosing a degree it was either footwear design or mechanical engineering (yup, really). Not being a huge maths fan, shoes won hands down. Footwear design can be creative and imaginative, but still has to engineer a working product at the end of the day- the perfect combination of art & design.
When I left uni, I bought a couple of old industrial sewing machines, some leather, cottons and a few bits & pieces so I could continue the crafty side of shoes, and worked from a shed at the bottom of the garden. At the same time I worked as a freelance designer for a number of companies, thus developing the designing & production side of things. I always knew I wanted to do my own thing, so in 2008 after making a number of handmade commissions, and travelling to lots of shoe factories around the world, I finally found my niche in bridal shoes, and the company was born.
We’ve come a long way from that shed at the bottom of the garden, but I hope we’ve maintained all the original ideas. Stylish design, which originates in elegant vintage ideas and doesn’t have to answer to anyone else’s ideas; beautifully made shoes from factories small enough to be as close as I can to making them myself; and prices which may not be pile ‘em high cheap, but offer real value for money for a product manufactured as near to the UK as I could get.
I hope you like what we’re doing. We recently won an award- wow. Made us think that maybe we’re along the right lines, and not everyone wants skyscraper heel and bling. Our wedding shoes are understated, quiet and well… just beautiful shoes. Enjoy.