Shoes

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Lolas’ instagram a few days ago was already preparing the big trend to get into mainstream fashion: Platform shoes.

In the 90’s we had the last hype for high end-to-end and stiff raver boots favored in black or white. The must have Buffalo Classics was all over High School and I did not have any.

Visiting Buenos Aires made clear what we are expecting the upcoming summer: massive platform shoes in every colour and style. Celebrating summer the stores and streets are flooded with them right now and EVERY girl/ women/ lady is wearing them to school/ work/ every occasion.

If open, half-open, closed, leather, synthetical, lacquer, black, silver, in sneaker or sandal design – get some. We are already looking forward to next year.

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PONY-SHOES!!!

Launching a brand can be a challenge, especially when it comes to creating something which differs from other established labels. Paving her own path with a particularly fascinating creative vision is Kate Deeley, whose brand Kult Domini is already making waves in the world of footwear. Unique silhouettes which combine vintage charm with modern design and pony fur!

 

With a prestigious track record in the fashion industry, Kate Deeley was already well placed to launch her own idea. From working on the jewellery team for Vivienne Westwood, she went on to work in the handbag department for none other than Victoria Beckham. “Working for Victoria Beckham was an amazing learning experience,” she explains, “they’d only just set the department up prior to me arriving; it was a very intimate team. We had to deal with everything from the budget, to sourcing and meeting with international manufacturers, to attending meetings with Victoria and Katie Hillier. It was a fantastic learning curve; I witnessed the brand develop so rapidly.”

Leaping at the chance to create her own brand, Kate Deeley started research for Kult Domini two years ago. “I basically wanted to develop a high-end brand of ladies shoes which weren’t stilettos, because I don’t wear them, and I never have. I wanted to make an alternative luxury in footwear.”

After an initial six months of research and experimentation, Deeley finally found the route she wanted to go down, developing a design based around 70s brogues: “I want to build a brogue, something really sturdy that’s going to stand the test of time. What I like to do is play with leather – with luxurious leathers, that echo a lady’s evening shoe, and then put them in a brogue.” After finalising her designs, she then went onto creating the first collection: “I developed a capsule collection which was made up of five different shoes. The idea was just to show them to a few key buyers, to see if they liked the product, to see if there was indeed a gap in the market for my product.”

 

 

 

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The idea behind Kult Domini is that the pieces become an investment, and with a strong, timeless design, they’re sure to resist the passing of trends. Deeley explains how excelling in terms of quality was one of her priorities: “Having worked at Victoria Beckham, I began to appreciate really refined quality in terms of the leathers and the materials, the top, top quality.  When I started building Kult Domini I thought that was the same kind of route I wanted to go.”

Kate Deeley shows us how the design process behind the making of her shoes specifically goes against the idea of disposable fashion. “All of the bottoms are stacked leather, with a wooden heel.  You have to ‘dance on gravel’ to wear them in, as they say, just as you have to do with traditional men’s brogues.” To obtain the high quality production, sourcing factories which would be able to cater for her requirements was key to setting up the brand. After contacting several Italian factories, she finally set to work with two in Civitanova Marche, on the East coast of Italy. The production itself is split between two factories: “There’s my main factory, the ‘upper’ factory, and then the ‘bottom’ factory which creates the sole and the heel. It is quite a long process.” An unexpected challenge to be faced was the fact that most Italian shoe factories are only used to producing high-heeled shoes, which require a completely different technical approach to the designs she had in mind.

Other than producing her designs in Italy, Kate Deeley also sources her materials there: “I go over to Italy twice a year, for each season, to a big leather fair which initiates Kult Domini’s design process each season; it is really inspiring.”

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