Independent Fashion Friday’s – Shoe Designers

July 18, 2014

TGIF….Independent Fashion Friday that is! We’re excited to share the independent fashion shoe designers that have grabbed our attention this week!

Cleo BBrand: Cleo B

Origin: UK


About: Designer Cleo Barbour beautifully combines statement design with practical wearability to create unique shoes and accessories. Cleo’s designs, recognized for their playful aesthetic, sculptural shape and quirky details have been seen on the likes of Jessie J, Paloma Faith and Pixie Lott and are stocked in renowned boutiques across the world.

Cleo’s passion for colour is at the core of all her designs. Whilst combining bright colour with gold detailing is Cleo’s signature style, each individual collection showcases a fresh new colour palette. Soaking up influences wherever she goes, Cleo is inspired by everything from Art Deco architecture to ‘80’s hip-hop. Designed in her West London studio and expertly crafted in Spain, Cleo’s vision is created by devoting time to sourcing the perfect colours and most luxurious of leathers.

Dear FrancesBrand: Dear Frances

Origin: London, United Kingdom


About: London-based and Australian-born, designer Jane studied at the London College of Fashion and ModaPelle Academy in Milan, where she learned the delicate art of Italian shoemaking. After graduating, she spent her formative years in Milan, training under the guidance of her teacher and mentor, before moving to London to establish her own label in 2013. Jane designs exclusive collections of women’s luxury shoes, which are made in Italy by skilled artisans, from the finest European materials. Dear Frances designs are strong, confident and romantic with astute attention to detail. The collections are inspired by Jane’s personal experiences, particularly influenced by the contrasting environments and cities in which she has lived. With the strong support of a number of mentors from the Italian shoe industry, the team share a vision of creating beautiful products, which tell the intimate story of the Dear Frances brand.

Renowned for her innovative take on traditional silhouettes, Jane combines classic patterns with luxury materials to produce sophisticated urban footwear. The current SS14 collection takes inspiration from the natural and urban elements of Jane’s hometown, from soft light, fine lines and the romantic world.

M ShoeBrand: M Shoe Design

Origin: USA


About: Designer Mor was born in Israel and studied Art & Design at the Academic Technological University in Tel-Aviv/Holon. Even as a child, Mor always had a drawing pencil in her hand, and she realized her passion for design at a very young age. A multifaceted artist, Mor’s interests include painting, graphic & web design, sculpture, as well as music, all of which are reflected in the fluidity of her unique designs.

The process of creating and producing an “M Shoe” begins with Mor sketching it in her Manhattan studio. Working alone, without apprentices or assistants, she sketches the shoes, carefully selects the lasts on which they are moulded, and adjusts the fit as the final touch. She then supervises the production process.

M Shoe Design, established as a Limited Liability Corporation, is a designer footwear company with principal offices located in New York, NY.  The company’s initial product-line is comprised of women’s high-end designer shoes, which are produced in Italy. M Shoe’s first collection was received with much enthusiasm among shoe industry professionals and retailers.

docksrioBrand: Docks Rio

Origin: Brazil


About: Docks Rio represents the finest quality footwear made in Brazil. Passionate about Rio de Janeiro, and inspired by its vibrant lifestyle. With innovative thinking and the courage to rewrite the rules of exotic leather shoes, they make every effort to reduce our carbon footprint and to improve the performance of their handcrafted shoes. The result is a totally authentic collection that reflects the charm of Brazilian style and delivers a future of sustainable luxury.

shoesBrand: Melis Yildiz

Origin: Italy


About: Melis Paciotti is a Turkish born, Italy based young fashion designer. She graduated from the fine arts high school in Istanbul and she won a full scholarship offered by Yeditepe University. After 4 years of studying university she completed her bachelor’s degree in fashion and textile design and moved to Italy to find her future in fashion. So took up a place at the prestigious Domus Academy. During her master degree in Milan she had an opportunity to do projects with important designers such as Saverio Palatella, Maurizio Galante and Maurizio Modica from Frankie Morello. In 2010 she successfully completed her masters in fashion and got double degree from Domus Academy and the masters of arts awarded in collaboration with the University of Wales in UK. Thereafter, Melis had some experiences with well-known italian fashion brands such as Alessandro Dell’Acqua’s N.21 and Gianni Barbato before launching her own high-end shoe and bag line “Melis Yildiz”.

“Melis Yildiz” is a luxury shoe and accessories brand founded in 2012 by Melis Paciotti. The philosophy of the brand is combining femininity and elegance with high quality artisanal details. Therefore each piece is done in the most traditional way and hand crafted by important professionals of this sector. The strong color palette of the brand is combined with very clean lines and geometric shapes. Melis Yildiz is remarkable with it’s exceptional quality, elegance and value of every detail which is selected carefully. The designs of Melis Yildiz are for self-confident women who are aware that they are intensely desirable because of their power, attitudes and unique personal styles.

Independent Fashion Fridays

Independent Fashion Fridays is a weekly feature highlighting five independent fashion designers that have caught our attention; and we want to support in their brand growth.

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