Artisan, Behind the Scenes, How Shoes are Made, In a Day

Behind the Scenes: Spring Summer 2013

 

I’d like to share some behind the scenes photos from the shoe factory where I work on the samples and production. I spend many hours here and it’s my favourite place to be. For the coming collection, I worked on a new double-padding insole for extra comfort, improved the cutting and shape of some earlier shoe models, updated the color for the coming season and hand picked some of the finest quality leathers available. Of course I did not manage this alone – there were the manager’s assistant, the pattern-cutter, the sewing guy, the uncle who closed the shoes (lasting), the cleaner and the boxer. 

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Behind the Scenes, In a Day

Sketching

I didn’t start knowing how to draw shoes. My first drawing was an attempt to see if I’m a natural. I was naturally wrong. I hid this drawing of mine for months – I know I could do better than this. This was in late 2010.

In 2011. Things changed. I had a very strict drawing teacher and she re-taught me how to draw. After school, during dinner, at the park, I had a sketch book and crayon with me. I started learning with crayon and months later, I was confident to draw with pencil. My favorite –  the 2H pencil.

Every time I need to design a collection, my biggest challenge is, to put in paper, what I have in mind. If I’m lucky, my drawing is exactly how I pictured it to be. Otherwise, I’ll put it on hold and get back to it when my head, heart and hand decide to make it easy for me.

I’m still working on my sketches. It is a process.

Here’s my journey. Lesson learned: Nothing is impossible.

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This was way back in 2010. Oh dear!

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The crayon was my best friend.

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Enjoying my time at the park in Florence, 2011.

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Behind the Scenes, Favorite things

Boxing Day

We are excited that the box is here!

Visited the local box maker and watched craftsmen worked on boxes for many different products. It was amaze to see how much work goes into a single box.

Beyond how it looks, we want a practical box that would protect the shoe for many years to come – and also encourage to reuse the shoe box for other uses.

And there’s more. We assure that the box is lovely, but the luxurious shoe inside will not arrive lonely. Stay tuned for sneak peek at what’s dying to come out of the box!

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