• Fashion Revolution Day begins @fash_rev Will be asking throughout the day - who made your clothes?  Hope everyone joins in! #InsideOut (pic via @gettyfashion)
  • It was announced a while ago but wanted to say how happy I am to have been asked to select Dress of the Year 2013 at Fashion Museum in Bath. My choice was this @christopherkanestudio SS13 beauty.
  • Love this concertina beach scene print on @marios_official tote available at @therefineryhk now! #PMQIS
  • Congrats to my cousin @elizabethlauldn and her new shop @therefineryhk in the new PMQ building @PMQHKDesign #PMQIS much love for @BernstockSpeirs bunny ears!
  • Love that I always see the best pieces by Brit designers abroad @nicoll_studio @liger_hk

I don't think I've written about an independent high-street-to-mid-range priced shoe label start-up that's based in London…ever.  By start-up I mean one that is debuting their shoe collection.  By high-street to mid-range, I specifically mean prices that are between ¬£75-¬£135 (Topshop prices I suppose).  By independent, I mean one singular designer with a tiny team that isn't supported by a bigger brand or conglomerate.  Enter Laura Villasenin whose work I saw a few months ago as an in-progress snapshot and now finally her together with a financial backer, she has launched Miista.  Villasenin studied at Cordwainers in London and graduated with a first class Honors degree and after working for a few labels she has banded together with a few friends to make her dream of a label come true. 

The independent shoe designer who wishes to bring high quality leather shoes at affordable prices are few and far between.  If anything, high-end is usually the destination place for the average shoe designer that graduates from an institution like Cordwainers be it working for themselves or working for others.  Therefore I'm pleased to say that despite the relatively quiet launch, Miista will be stocked at a TON of places all over the world and will be dropping their first collection 'Female Warriors' into stores in February. 

"In a world that has become cluttered with similarities, carbon copies and conventional styles, Miista brings an uncommon beauty to the street."

Uncommon beauty might be a lofty reach but I'll settle for just buying into shoes at a reasonable price that has the design to justify it.  The simple question of "Do I feel it's worth it?" has an affirmative answer here. 

Miista's savvy in be able to see what's lacking at present in shoes is also extended to her nous with bloggers as she has worked with Saga Sig (whose photographs manage to pop up on Tumblr pages abound…) on the following lookbook images (as well as illustrator Harpa Einars) and she has also enlisted Queen Michelle of Kingdom of Style to design the website. 

Miista-1

Miista-2

Miista-3

Miista-4
(Clothes by Emma Griffiths, Booke Roberts and some vintage pieces.)

At present, it's a compact collection of styles where features such as leather weaving, metallic meshes and detailing and cowboy-inspired embellishments are worked into the shoes along with a comfy looking chunky heel.  Villasenin may be going slow and steady with quantity of styles but since people are lapping it up on the shop front, I'm sure this will change over the next few months… for now, I'm happy to go with the Western-tipped peep-toe boot where apron fringe or metal embellishment can be removed for your simple shoe change-up pleasure. 

Naia-NAVY

Weaving-protection Western-female-warriors

Adira-black

Ripley-black WILMA-BLACK

Chains-armour-1 Female-warriors-1

Comments (21)

  1. Amy says:

    WOW. I need those sheer boots with the giant buckles!

  2. margief says:

    its really nice to see some good quality shoes with gorgeous designs that us mere averagely paid mortals can indulge in. i like the weaved looking ones best
    margief
    x
    http://www.margieheartsclothes.blogspot.com

  3. ellio100 says:

    these are wonderful! I love it when you feature lines like these, they’re at a price range that’s still possible for me to imagine owning! (not that i don’t like the other posts – just that these are more accessible for me :D)

  4. Fran W says:

    hot shoes! australian stockists??

  5. Emma Winn says:

    OK those navy naia’s are insaaaaaaane – really non “copycat” like those mid range labels usually are.
    xx
    http://winnsomesmile.blogspot.com/

  6. Saga Sig says:

    xx The pictures are a collaboration by me and illustrator Harpa Einars :) xx

  7. ahhhhh…
    <3love . Shoes are magnificent

  8. Hanna says:

    Suise, where will one be able to buy these in London? Since one is genuinely obsessed with the sheer open-toed boots =)

  9. Hanna says:

    oops sorry for the misspell, SUSIE )

  10. Miista Laura says:

    @Hanna. Hi Hanna. The sheer ones will be available from Urban Outfitters from mid Feb.
    Thanks to all of you for the nice comments. X Miista Laura.

  11. Joy D. says:

    Those raffia looking bootie pumps are amazing!

  12. edoardo says:

    I love the images effects and the shoes too!!
    http://fashiondoesntexist.blogspot.com/

  13. Independent. Mid-range pricing. Local. All good when it comes to design. I love the ropey, strappy one. I know ropey means someting else in the UK just not sure what!

  14. Oh wow, I love the shoes, I’ll have to check them out!

  15. Tiffany says:

    wow…great images, but most importantly great shoes!
    visit my blog…
    http://www.funkyfraiche.blogspot.com
    Love, L

  16. callahan says:

    I love the collection x
    htpp://peaceandloveand.blogspot.com/

  17. BR says:

    Susie’s spot-on as ever; pointing out how Laura’s independent label, run by a small team, is a rarity in the mid-market. It’s really fresh seeing Laura’s collections against the usual Topshop, Kurt Geiger etc. offer.
    Laura’s a brilliant business woman, and an ace designer.
    B X

  18. A la Mode says:

    I really need those black boots in my life!
    http://www.girlalamode.co.uk/

  19. zebiah says:

    amaizing shoes!!

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