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Going wild for Sophia Webster

Okay, stop the bus! These shoes are screaming what one calls STATEMENT heels! You knows those shoes that spice-up any “I’m having an un-inspired fashion day” outfit? Well Sophia Webster’s designs are those shoes. They are dazzling and you’ll start to notice that celebs, online influencers and fashionistas are all over them. Ms Webster debuted her first collection of quirky shoes just two years ago. Before going solo she graduated from the Royal College of Art in a specialised MA footwear course and has a BA degree from Cordwainers College before being snapped up as a design assistant to Nicolas Kirkwood (also well known for fantasy heels that turn heads). This super-talented gal has not only won numerous awards for her designs but is applauded for creating modern, fun, sophisticated footwear that is both unique in its aesthetic as well as commercially viable. She started by launching her collection in the summer of 2013 in a pop-up shop in Burlington Arcade in London and due to it’s success, she opened a second in Covent Garden which ran from December 2013 …

The magical sandal with the gold winged buckle

In search of the perfect summer sandal, I first saw Ancient Greek Sandals in a store in Johannesburg years ago. I was struck by the cute wings on the side, the detailed buckle in the shape of wings and the unique and sexy designs. I saw some again last year holidaying in Crete and then a few months ago in the Parisian go-to concept store, Colette on Rue St Honore. Little did I know the these global shoes, praised by the New York Times, Vogue, Elle and the Financial Times, have a history born out of, you guessed it, ancient Greece. I am a huge fan and not the only one, as the sandals have been seen on the pedicured paws of Gwyneth Paltrow, Madonna, Rihanna, SJP and many others. I don’t remember much about the stories of Ancient Greece. I’m certain I was supposed to have learnt them as part of my 4th Grade curriculum but (and perhaps sadly) what I know about these ancient gods and Goddesses is from a more modern pop culture to which it seems they …

The Original Bag of Bling

I was first introduced to Whiting & Davis during Paris Fashion week two years ago. It’s not like I hadn’t seen these blingy meshed handbags before, in fact I had owned a gold high street version a few years back when they along with anything metallic became a huge runway trend. Little did I know that this mesh bag dates back to 1876 and is the oldest handbag company in America. Whiting & Davis was the very first company to create these uniquely crafted handbags using brass metal. It was Charles Whiting who took the ancient art of chain mail, think knights in armour, and created an exquisite fabric that became a three-inch square purse with a delicate twist closure in 1892. Whiting partnered with Edward Davis and so the house of Whiting & Davis was born. A few years later the laborious process of weaving the links and rings by hand became mechanized allowing the business to grow rapidly and it became the powerhouse for mesh fashion and jewelry. The duo continued to create …