It’s time to get back to my journey and sharing it with you. I’ve had a very shoe- centric 3 months. It’s been exciting and exhilarating and best of all, I’ve carved a path forward with my business.
As many of you know, I had not been able to practice my shoe making skills. My full-time job and personal issues were keeping me very busy. Last summer, I made a decision to make some big changes that would allow me to focus on shoe making. I’ve stepped down from my full-time teaching position as of August 31, 2016. I’ve beefed up my consultancy, ONO made in the 191.
I attended a Shoe Symposium in Ashland, Oregon and re-connected with my teacher Bill Shanor from Bonney & Wills. The biggest gain from this experience was a bunch of small quantity suppliers. These relationships have been critical in my path forward. I also made a connection with Iron Horse Boots who has a similar business model to me. I am hopeful we can collaborate and support each other as we move forward.
Since May, I’ve been working on making. I started with a recycled sandal and since have moved into 6 styles of women’s sandals. I’ll share each with you in my next posts. The plan is to work on my craft, work through prototyping and have the prototypes tested. So far so good. I’m concentrating on cement construction just now.
The next batch will include sewing with my fabulous new (to me) Singer Post Bed Machine. I’m partnering with screenprinter/bag maker, Tim Eads. His fabric, my designs to make a men’s loafer style deck shoe and women’s espradrilles. The bases have just arrived via Esty.
I’m back and ready to share my journey with you. Sit back and enjoy.
Architecture and shoe design lost a great one this past week – RIP Zaha Hadid. As we see somewhat often, architects understand how to make shoes. In 2013 Hadid and United Nude creative director, Rem Koolhaas produced a wonderfully sculptural, chromed collaboration dubbed the NOVA. Shown as the art pieces they are, the launch rightly presented them in museum exhibition mode, under glass.
According to the United Nude website, “the revolutionary design of the NOVA shoe combines innovative materialization and ergonomic considerations with the dynamism of [her] unmistakable architectural language to convey an inherent sense of movement…[she] has developed an innovative cantilevered system that allows the staggering 16cm (6.25 in) heel to appear completely unsupported.”
An innovator and futurist, she leaves the world a more interesting place.
Eye candy – works of art in leather. It’s arrived. Thank you Amazon Prime. Welcome to my bookshelf – Moreschi The Italian Art of Shoemaking: Works of Art in Leather, edited by Cristina Morrozi, photographed by Giò Martorana and produced by Rizzoli. This book traces the heritage of artisan culture & craft in Italian shoe production using the premiere brand, Moreschi as a model. Known for exacting standards and unique style, Moreschi produces every pair of shoes from design stage to retailer on-site. Breathtakingly beautiful for your coffee table. Instructive for the shoe purist.
In keeping with the Inuit tradition of using all of an animal, Nicole Camphaug, an Iqaluit designer, uses sealskin to create shoes with lots of panache and style. Considering a pair of her own worn out boots that she was going to sell, she suddenly got the idea to dress them up with scraps of sealskin. 5 hours later a trend was born. Family and friends asked for their own pair and pretty soon Camphaug was buying pelts.
Made by Inuit in Nunavut these babies are popular. Offering Women’s and Men’s styles, Camphaug has had to recruit her husband to help and has even added in some jewelry with Inuit designs.
Even so, at 5 hours of labor per pair, she is still looking for a business model that will lead her to a profitable fashion career. Listen, I’ll help her out. These beauties are to die for. So Anne!
Never underestimate the power of shoes. Specially designed to bring women to church. Located in Ocean View Park in Budai town, on the east coast of Taiwan, this is a modern take on Cinderella’s glass slipper. At 55 feet tall and 36 feet wide, the structure is made of 320 pieces of tinted glass and took over 2 months to build. The interior includes over 100 female oriented features, such as chairs for lovers and biscuits and cakes.
Scheduled to open for Chinese New Year, we’ll just have to watch and see how many worshipers they get. I am absolutely sure this structure will be the site of many a Cinderella wedding, so Disney watch out! It’s already attracting lots of tourists. Maybe the right shoes can put one closer to one’s god.
— customer, Melissa Tevere
What can I say about Roxannelava Shoes? I LOVE these shoes. Not only are they comfortable, but they make a statement – they elevate whatever I am wearing into a complete look. I am a huge supporter of makers and artisans. I believe in spending my money locally, and when I support Roxannelava, I know that I am not only supporting a local Philadelphia maker, but I am also supporting the local makers that she supports. It is a chain reaction. I appreciate the fact that Anne intentionally uses re-purposed materials in her handmade shoes; the leather she chooses is not always perfect, but there is beauty in the imperfections. I am not perfect, (no one is!), but I feel pretty-close to perfect when I am wearing her gorgeous shoes.