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Friday Fabulous!

January 31st, 2014 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Steve Madden at Dune

All you need now is a handsome prince (pumpkin optional).

Lenona Pointed Toe Rhinestone Embellished Court Shoe, £85 by Steve Madden at Dune

 

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Friday Fabulous!

December 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous LK Bennett

Just the right amount of sparkle, just the right side of danceable. 

It’s love.

Florette Glitter Point Toe Court Shoe, £180 by LK Bennett 

 

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Friday Fabulous!

November 29th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Charlotte Olympia

Every pair comes with nude hold-ups trimmed with blue lace, to be worn as your something blue on your wedding day.

Someone’s been thinking this through. 

Amour by Charlotte Olympia £680

 

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Friday Fabulous!

November 15th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Kurt Geiger

 

Absolute. Perfection.

Belgravia by Kurt Geiger London £240

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Friday Fabulous!

October 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Reiss

Strappy sandals don’t get much more perfect than this. 

Malva Single Strap Sandals in Rose Gold by Reiss £129

 

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Friday Fabulous!

September 20th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous River Island

I bet that you look good on the dancefloor…

Gold Diamante Strap Barely There Sandals by River Island £55

 

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Friday Fabulous!

September 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Freya Rose

Twinkle, twinkle little bride.

Aaleyah by Freya Rose £475

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Head Over Heels! The Designer Series: Emmy Shoes

August 6th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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Emmy Shoes is a British design lead company that offers beautiful, elegant, intricately detailed shoes and accessories.  Offering both a bridal ‘Ready to Wear’ collection and a bespoke service, their online shopping experience allows brides to fall in love from afar.  Are you head over “heels” yet?

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Today we chat to the lady herself about her design influences, the best things in life and her plans for world domination!

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Emmy says:  My style philosophy?  I definitely go for a pretty dress and then jazz it up with some of my favourite Emmy shoes and hair accessories. At the moment I have been wearing my bright fuchsia Chloe shoes with soft dove grey dresses and then a fun chunky necklace.

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Our new collection has a lot of 50’s accents with points and little neat bows. I have drawn on some of my classic Emmy styles and combined new elements to make them timeless and comfortable but with a new edge.

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I love 1920’s and 30’s styles because I am drawn to the glamour and elegance of that era. However, in the collection there are ones from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s too. My inspiration very rarely comes from shoes. I find architecture – windows or windows really beautiful and are often the starting point of my designs. Insects and other intricate structures are inspirations to lots of the detailing.

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I’d love to design a pair of shoes for Kristen Scott Tomas, I think she’s got the perfect balance of femininity and strength of character. On a more day-to-day level, I’d be pretty chuffed to see Kirsty strutting her stuff in a pair of ‘Emmy’s’ on Location, Location, Location! Then an Emmy bride is a woman who appreciated the finishing touches, believes in investment pieces and the art of indulgence! For most Emmy brides, the chance to wear beautiful bridal shoes is as important as the dress. Shoe lover or no shoe lover, every woman deserves their own Cinderella moment, right?

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The new collection has manly soft and gentle embellishments such as mother of pearl and small Swarovski crystals in emerald cut shapes to give the shoes a slightly ethereal feel. Then on some of the classic 50’s points, structured bows made from soft suede or metallic leathers.

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My favourite piece from this collection has to be the Natasha clutch with the chain strap. It can be embellished with any trim to match a hair or shoe embellishment or just plain glamorous on its own. I’m taking my Natasha Clutch and Valerie shoes to a friend’s wedding later on this year, but I think I might have to wear them before as I can’t wait! Our signature piece would be the Leila or Francesca shoe.

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I think beautiful dresses from the 1950’s work particularly well with Emmy Shoes, as they are often short and show them off really well. A lot of the new collection is also based on 1950’s points with bows and lace so a short dress would naturally work. I also think from dresses from current designers such as Jenny Packham and Alice Temperley pair well with Emmy shoes.

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I have named two styles after my lovely little girls, and then the rest are names that I think are pretty. Sometimes they are names of family members or friends and sometimes ones that we have fun making up in the studio.

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We offer a bespoke service exclusively available by appointment in the Emmy studio. However, we also offer our signature and bridal collection as ready to wear online or from the studio. Staying true to the brand, we offer a selection of beautiful details (often beaded) to ensure they are a perfect match for your dress. Aldo we add a crystal to the sole of your shoes to ensure you twinkle as you kneel at the altar, we’ve added a choice of a blue crystal as your something blue. The beauty of ready to wear is that you can potentially take your beautiful shoes home with you, perfect for being organised for dress fittings etc. Our bespoke service takes around 14 weeks, so the ready to wear collection is perfect if timing is tight.  Our Signature shoes start at £290 and Bespoke start from £360.

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Detail is hugely important, but actually what makes an Emmy shoe stand out from the crowd is the silhouette, the comfort and the timeless, elegant quality. As a development team, we are committed to maintaining this going forward.

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I’ve always had a passion for shoes. I grew up in Somerset, my village was home to super brand ‘Mulberry’ so to launch my own luxury label didn’t seem that unrealistic. I was obsessed by shoes at an early age, one of my first memories in fact is putting wooden building blocks in my socks to create instant high heels!  I feel blessed that I have always known what I wanted to do, so it was so it was more about how than what. I graduated from Cordwainers (specialist Shoe College) with a 2:1 degree and then took off to Italy for 5 years. I designed shoes and accessories for some of the most prestigious fashion houses in the world; Bottega Veneta and Armani to name a couple, before returning to London to launch my own collection. In 2004 the ‘Emmy’ brand was born. I originally made my name in bridal shoes and was later recognised for offering first class bespoke service for ‘Emmy Signature’ which is a collection made up of our favourite shapes offered in a choice of subtle, seasonal shades.

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I would love to have a stockist in every major city and see my wish list collection being out and about.  At the moment we don’t have any northern stockists, but we are on a mission so watch this space!

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I absolutely love my job, I’m surrounded by beautiful things, meet genuinely lovely people at the happiest time of their life. There’s really something very special about the relationship between women and shoes, to be part of that is immensely fulfilling. I am ambitious and hugely driven and feel very lucky to be doing a job I love and have the balance of family life.

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Life at Emmy Shoes is busy! I have two lovely full time girls working in the studio and then two part time as well. When we can we grab a coffee and some delicious Ottolengi brownies and have a catch up on various celeb spots on our shoes or which magazine has an article we should all read. It’s great fun, but full steam ahead!

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My ‘Best Things’ in life would have to be having a wonderful business I love and a fantastic family that I adore.  I love to go Glamping with my family in the Gower, Wales. It’s nice to get away from the busyness of the city sometimes and just relax in the country side.

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We have a really lovely studio in Islington where we offer one to one appointments. Brides always comment that it’s like arriving in ‘Shoe Heaven’. The studio is bright, private and has a charming ‘girly’ atmosphere. Brides are encouraged to relax and enjoy the whole experience over a cup of tea. We have several UK Wide stockists, and soon to be on a more global level… watch this space. You can also browse and order online, and we can always guide you over the phone in terms of styles/size. However the shoes are fully refundable (minus shipping) if you need to exchange size of anything. If you have any doubts we are always here to help.

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Watch out for some exciting news soon!  We are working with Maids to Measure and Philippa Craddock to create a one stop shop for brides and their maids. This is in conjunction with Brides Magazine, planned for later this year.We celebrate our 10th anniversary in spring and we are planning a great party… look out for more details on our site.

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Visit www.emmyshoes.co.uk to find out more. 

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Friday Fabulous!

July 19th, 2013 | Julia Braime

Friday Fabulous Carrie by Kurt Geiger

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Still bridal enough for the traditionalists, but with a killer heel and a sheen of iridescent cool.

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My kinda wedding shoe.

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Hey, and they’re in the sale too!

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Carrie by Kurt Geiger London, were £195 now £79

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Elegantly Understated, Beautifully Unique – The Designer Series: Rachel Simpson Shoes

July 4th, 2013 | Julia Braime

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If you are a regular reader of the wedding blog, you’ll know that I recently made a whistle-stop trip down to the smoke to White Gallery London, for a preview of the top bridal designer’s 2014 collections.  These are the gowns and accessories that will be landing in a wedding dress boutique near you soon.

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I couldn’t possibly keep all the pretty to myself, and so am in the privileged position of obtaining access to all my favourite bridal designers for a series of exclusive interviews here on Brides Up North, where they’ll be giving you a sneak peek at their newest designs, sharing the inspirations behind the collections and giving you a glance into their (very beautiful) world. 

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Everyone’s got an Achilles heel (pun intended) right? For me, it’s beautiful shoes.  The more toe tappingly gorgeous, the better.  I fell in love with Rachel Simpson’s designs when I first saw her “Marilyn” shoe, and it’s been a bit of a love affair since then.  I am honoured to have interviewed this talented lady as part of our Designer Series. 

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With images by Emma Case

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Please introduce Rachel Simpson Shoes?

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Favoured for their unique style and wearability, Rachel Simpson Shoes combine elegant ideas inspired from the 1920s through to the 1950s, with delicate attention to detail, resulting in a truly beautiful signature style.

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What is your style philosophy?

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Elegantly understated, beautifully unique.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

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Tell us about the new collection by Rachel Simpson Shoes?

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The new styles develop the very best features of the Rachel Simpson collection, with a strong emphasis on twenties and thirties styling. T-bars feature heavily, with cute round and almond toes and the ever popular peep-toe. Silver is a key feature, from striking metallic leather to stunning pale silver satin. In contrast, warm champagne and gold hues also continue, offering something for every vintage-loving bride.

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Where do you look for inspiration?

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All over: vintage garments and accessories, bridal trends and importantly, from our customers themselves.

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What sort of woman do you design for, did you have a specific “muse” for this collection?

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Our collection has an ageless appeal and is loved by the twenty something who loves her vintage, just as much as the fifty something who wants a stylish, comfortable pair of heels.

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What materials and embellishments were chosen for the new collection and why?

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Our shoes are made from the softest kid leather and suede – this season favouring silver tones and metallics as well as warmer golden tones.

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Do you have a personal favourite shoe from the new collection?

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No favourites, but obviously there are some I would wear more than others. The great thing about our shoes is that they look equally at home with a pair of jeans as with a wedding dress!

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Do you have a “signature” piece?

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Mimi has become our signature shoe -  it sums up everything that we’re about – unique vintage-inspired style combined with comfortable wearability

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How do you decide on the “names” for your pieces?

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It varies, but they often just ‘look’ like a name, and there are plenty of beautiful names from the past to choose from.

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Emma Case For Rachel Simpson Shoes

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Can you create bespoke footwear?

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I used to make bespoke pairs by hand, but this comes at a price and the Rachel Simpson collection has been designed to give that bespoke look at an affordable price.

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What is the retail price range for your designs?

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See the website – £120- £175, but mainly around £155.

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How did you get into bridal footwear design – what is your story?

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After training in Leicester, I spent several years working as a freelance designer, creating footwear for a number of well know high street brands. In 2008 I returned to my hometown of Birmingham to launch my own name collection which has since gone on to become a well loved brand for its unique vintage inspired style. It all started with a couple of old sewing machines, when I made my sister’s wedding shoes and spotted a gap in the market for brides wanting something truly wearable and that little bit different. Things have come on since then but the core values remain the same – shoes which are beautiful, affordable and wearable.

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What are your plans for the future?

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To continue to enjoy what I do and see both brands develop and change. Our sister company agnes & norman launched this year. A collection of work and day wear for men and women. Every shoe tells a story and feels like a treasured heirloom. Each pair is designed to fit perfectly, feel indulgent and exude unique character and good old-fashioned quality. Shoes like they used to be.

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Is this your dream career? What alternative career would you choose?

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I’ve never actually had a plan B because I believe in what I’m doing.

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What would “a day in the life” at Rachel Simpson Shoes HQ be like?

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With so much going on at the moment, it’s certainly a varied and exciting place to be! We’ve recently started our office blog on a Friday morning, giving you a peek behind the scenes, so that’s worth looking out for on the website!

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Where do you go and what do you do to relax?

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I spend time with family and friends in my rare moments off.

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What are your “best things” in life?

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People.

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How can Brides Up North readers get in touch with you or see more of your designs?

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Visit the website at www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk or call us on 0121 433 5492.

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Do you have any Northern stockists – how can Brides Up North find them?

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We have around seventy stockists, with a number Up North – visit www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk to find your nearest.

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Is there anything else that we should know?

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We’ve just opened our first boutique in Birmingham’s Great Western Arcade with both bridal and our sister brand, agnes & norman, it’s well worth a visit..

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