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iSpy…handmade shoes

Kate Vandermeer

Kate Vandermeer

iSpyStyle welcomes the re-emergence of the lost art of shoe making. Here, iSpyStyle director Kate Vandermeer shares her thoughts on a target worth following.

Kate Vandermeer is director of iSpyStyle – a website and consultancy that spies on the design and fashion industry providing trend and business information targeted to inspire, inform and connect. Follow Kate on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/iSpyStyle_Kate or subscribe to her website for free on http://www.ispystyle.net

It’s great to see the role of “artisans” becoming prevalent again within the Australian design landscape. This is a trend I’ve seen emerging over time – with the rejection of fast, disposable fashion beginning to take hold, the obvious reaction to this is the role of handmade, local artisans that make limited edition, lovingly made pieces that have a sense of timelessness with the buyer becoming part of the story.

iSpy_Tom_Gunn_w250My attention was first drawn to designers Gabrielle Thompson and Shannon Gunn of Tom Gunn when I shortlisted them as part of my role as Fashion Category Producer for the Soya Awards sponsored by Qantas. I was so impressed with their unique signature style alongside the fact they honed their craft at the prestigious Ars Arpel School in Milan.

They split their time designing the collection in Australia and sourcing fabrications and creating in Italy. Their second collection for Spring Summer is more fashion forward with attention to contrast detailing and precise fits. I predict they will be a design duo to watch. www.tomgunnshoes.com

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