He is known as the Rock and Roll cobbler amongst all the celebrities. Born into a family of shoemakers he soon made his mark creating iconic designs that were ahead of their time, but it was the classic Margaux snakeskin wedges that really thrust him into the rockʼnʼroll limelight. It is hard to believe the Margaux was created in the early seventies and still remains the most popular shoe in the TDH range today.
The shoes caught the eye of then Fashion editor of Queen Magazine, Annie Traherne. The rock set could not get enough of his shoes and he had the likes of Led Zeppelin, Zandra Rhodes, Vivienne Westwood, Cher, and Marianne Faithfull knocking at his door. Today Terry de Havilland still makes couture shoes for the likes of Kate Moss (she wore Terry shoes on her honeymoon), Kylie Minogue, Dita Von Teese, Natalie Imbruglia, Naomi Campbell, Sienna Miller, Amy Winehouse, Daisy Lowe, Anna Friel, Little Boots, The Noisettes, and Cheryl Cole. He created Tim Curry’s platforms for The Rocky Horror Show and thirty pairs of biker boots for Angelina Jolie’s Tomb Raider. His most recent couture shoes were made for Lady Gaga and Michelle Pfeiffer.
His shoes are flamboyant, attention-grabbing, “look-at-me” shoes that brim with Great British wit. His idiosyncratic use of colour, materials and decoration (his wife Liz’s department) combined with that distinctly Seventies take on the Forties make him one of the few designers for whom the word `iconic’ is not an exaggeration. Recently the famous Selfridges of London celebrated 50 years of Terry De Havilland artistry with a month-long exhibition in its Shoe Galleries.
About DNG DIstribution who brought the famous Terry de Havilland to Australia:
“Originally from Ireland I came to Adelaide three years ago with my partner, David Rawlins,” says DNG director, Grace Poutch. “We arrived in Australia for a holiday but it wasn’t long before we decided to make Australia our home. With both of our backgrounds involving general management, business and a love of fashion we set up a distribution company called DNG Distribution Pty Ltd.
“Whether we are at a restaurant, doing grocery shopping or simply walking down the esplanade women always stop me to compliment my shoes and to ask where they can get their hands on my them. TDH’s are very eye catching and I have quite a few pairs! From this (and from the fact that I have tried and tested my Terry’s to the max over the years – more durable than any others I’ve come across!) Dave and I decided we wanted to get these timeless shoes to the women of Australia.
“After many late night skype calls to the UK and a recent trip to London to meet the `Rock and Roll cobbler’ himself we finally secured the rights to distribute this iconic brand in Australia. The shoes are all hand made to order and we are currently seeking expressions of interest from suitable stockists to carry our brand.
To see more from the range, visit the Australian Shoe Fair from 12-14 February, 2012 at the Sydney Exhibition Centre.
For the full Terry de Havilland lookbook, visit www.tdhcouture.com