Whether we’re dealing with fashion, politics or the arts, we come across the good, the bad and darn right ugly. The fashion industry is no different. You have the handful of innovators, artisans and geniuses heading the trail and not far behind them, the inspired as well as the hangers-on, the plagiarists and mass producers with their armies of cheap labour making average and poor quality copies of what is in essence a work of art and labour of love.
The shoe industry is no exception to the rule and you have the creators, pioneers and geniuses. We have the likes of Stuart Weitzman and Brunate, rising up from the ruins of post-war Europe in the early 20th century to create footwear that goes from being functional to an object of beauty, fashion and comfort. The designer shoe industry owes much to innovators and pioneers and at Crispins Shoes we’re proud to be offering women’s plus size shoes that has heritage and integrity.
Talking of heritage and integrity, earlier this month, we met the legend behind Stuart Weitzman in Milan. That’s right it was Stuart Weitzman himself! It was the birthday party for Barbara, the head of Stuart Weitzman sales team. Mr. Weitzman had a rather deep tan. When I asked him about the tan, he said he loves the weather in Alicante in Spain where his factory is and that he personally overseas production at the factory in Spain every season and that explains the tan.
Sep 2016 - Stuart Weitzman and his sales team at the birthday party of Barbara Kreger (centre) in Milan
Stuart helped us pick some beautiful pieces of plus size footwear for our spring/summer 2017. Yes I did say 2017. With designer shoes business, it’s all about early preparation.
On a slightly less exotic note, we will be re-designing our London store in October. The work is expected to take a few weeks but we will be open during the work.