Behind the brand- meet Rachel Simpson
Posted on January 05 2021
As we start a brand new year we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves and say a little hello. Whether you've recently discovered us or been following us for a while, you are all so welcome to the RS Family. Maybe you just got engaged over Christmas (congratulations!), or perhaps you've been planning your wedding for a while- wherever you are on the journey, we'd love to come with you.
How it all started...
So a bit about us. We've been going since 2008, when Rachel started the business with a handful of samples and some big ideas! Rachel has been a shoe designer for over twenty years, and before starting this business she spent several years working for a variety of high street brands as a freelance designer. This took her all over the world where she fell more and more in love with the art of shoe making.
During this time Rachel also hand made shoes in her home workshop, and it was this which highlighted a gap in the market for traditionally made, beautiful wedding shoes. And so it was that armed with a portfolio of sketches and a headful of ambition, she boarded a plane to Milan to one of the largest footwear trade shows in the world, found a factory who shared her values and Rachel Simpson the brand was born!
Who we are and what we do...
Now in it's twelfth year, Rachel Simpson has a simple mission- to be original in design, create beautiful shoes and give amazing service. We want to be a part of your special occasion, share in your excitement and be there to help as you plan the big day. We're a small but mighty team based in Birmingham, UK. We've worked together for many years and like to think of ourselves as the dream team-more of a family than merely work colleagues.
Every single shoe and bag is designed exclusively in house by Rachel and assistant designer Heather, who are passionate about original creativity (and quite simply LOVE shoes!). Our factory is in Alicante in Spain where our highly skilled shoemakers use their incredible expertise to bring each design to life. Every step of the process is done the traditional way from expert pattern cutting to the meticulous cutting of each piece; intricate stitching and traditional hand lasting. The result is beautifully crafted shoes with a superior fit and unmistakable comfort (oh trust us, they're comfy!).
We're always here to help...
If you have a question or need a bit of help choosing your perfect wedding shoes, our team are always here to help- what we don't know about wedding shoes, quite honestly isn't worth knowing! We'll also keep you inspired with regular (but not too many!) pop ups in your inbox showing you how to style your shoes, giving you top tips and of course the occasional competition and special offer.
We're based in Birmingham, UK where we have our own dedicated warehouse, office and customer showroom. It's been a while since we were all there due to the events of this past year, but we've got to grips with working from home now and have plenty of regular catch ups still- both work and social- thanks to the wonders of Zoom!
From us to you, all over the world...
We've been exporting our shoes all over the world for over ten years, so Brexit or no Brexit, wherever you are in the world we'll get your shoes to you! You can order online or visit one of over a hundred Rachel Simpson stockists world wide. We're really lucky to work with an amazing network of likeminded boutiques who will give you the same amazing customer service as Team RS.
So that's it, a brief introduction to who we are and what we do. Over the next few weeks we'll be giving you plenty of advice and top tips to help you find your perfect wedding shoes, whenever your wedding may be. Until then we're here to chat, inspire you and help to keep that excitement going.