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Rupert Sanderson

Rupert Sanderson is a shoe designer who studied at the Cordwainers College in East London. He perfected his craft by travelling to Italy to visit as many shoe factories, tanneries and last makers as he could. In Italy he worked for Sergio Rossi and Bruno Magli. Rupert is very proud to have been able to work with the founders and their families of both these companies before they were bought by larger luxury goods companies ­ it has stood him in good stead with the closely knit Italian shoe making community. His design philosophy is simply 'less is more'. Avoiding augmentation and over dressing the foot he concentrates on perfecting line, volume and material to flatter and lengthen the leg, and make women feel sexier. His inspiration comes from the materials themselves; from the sensual curve and silhouettes of the lasts and heels, to the quality and finish of the best leather and fabrics.Every pair of Rupert Sanderson is meticulously crafted by Italian hands in his own factory Facit Srl in Tredozio near Ravenna, embodying traditional Italian craftsmanship with a distinctive avant-garde design. He has a flagship store in 19 Bruton Place, London and in March 2010 opened his first international store on 8 On Lan Street, Hong Kong. In 2008 Rupert Sanderson founded Fashion Fringe Shoes with Colin McDowell, with the aim of discovering and nurturing a new range of design talent. The designer was awarded the British Fashion Council's Accessory Designer of the Year in 2008 and the 2009 Accessory Designer at the Elle Style Awards. He designed the shoes for Karl Lagerfeld's mainline catwalk collection. Rupert Sanderson shoes have acquired an ever growing celebrity following including Gwyneth Paltrow (who famously wore Sanderson’s KitKat shoe boots to the Premiere of Two Lovers in Paris with an Antonio Beradi lace dress); Samantha Cameron; Kate Moss; Lily Allen; Sienna Miller; Rebecca Hall; Keira Knightley; Cheryl Cole; Cindy Crawford and Claudia Schiffer. More recently, Hollywood starlets Carey Mulligan, Freida Pinto, Rachel McAdams, super model Yasmin Le Bon and fashion blogger BryanBoy have all been spotted wearing his shoes, as well as Hong Kong Cantopop singer and actress Sammi Cheng. Fact: every pair of Rupert Sanderson shoes is named after an English daffodil.

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Industry Shoe design
Company Founders Rupert Sanderson