>> Today, it's all about itty bitty 'Hey, look at me! This is what I'm up to!' posts. Well actually, one of them is not so itty but this one I promise is fairly painless. I blame all of these announcement-type posts on the coming of September when people have woken up from their holiday stupors and suddenly shift up a gear to 'LAUNCH' everything.
Here's one that I'm simultaneously excited and petrified about. Why did I travel to Guimaraes in Portugal a few weeks ago? Pretty much all is revealed here in the video. There needs to be an explanation though. From the video alone, you might think that I have eaten my own words.
For the very first proper time, I will be collaborating with someone to design something. Not just any old 'thing' but a shoe no less. I've done basic t-shirts before but a shoe is a very different beast.
I've always deliberately shirked away from assuming the role of 'designer', something that everyone magically seems to be without any credentials or qualifications. I'm absolutely a firm believer in NEVER being presumptuous when it comes to fashion design. It is a skill that I have seen nurtured in so many people, and part of the reason that I've always avoided any brand/blogger collaborations that involved design was the fact that I'd feel like I was cheating the designers that I write about, the people that have put in a lot of hard slog at schools to get their design degrees, to grow their labels and to create a business. To observe all of that and then go out and presume that I can do the same thing myself would be embarrassing.
Therefore when SIX London, the shoe whizz company that makes all of your bStore and Opening Ceremony shoes approached me, there was definite trepidation. I breathed a sigh of relief though when they proposed that I come up with my DREAM shoe and that only twenty pairs would be produced. This isn't the case where six bloggers (Style Salvage Steve, The Man Repeller, Stockholm Streetstyle, The Cherry Blossom Girl and The Facehunter are the others) are putting out thousands of shoes out there in some mahussive blogger shoe takeover. They'll be available to buy on Far Fetch but effectively it's not a profiteering thing given the numbers. It's simply Six London facilitaing the means to create my bonkers shoe. I have a long-ass post coming up that will reveal the ins and outs of what was surprisingly a brilliant factory in Portugal and the wonder that is a man called Caesar who scratched his head when he looked at my sketch.
I can't really reveal the level of bonkers-ness of the shoe yet as it is launching in November, but erm... let's just say that I'm pretty sure my twenty pair of shoes will probably be going to my friends who would place it on their shelves, look at it and go "That Susie... she's a real nut job..."