If years were named after shoes and not animals (!), 2015 would be the year of sneakers. From neon’s (thank you Nike) to wedge (Isabel Marant) – everyone has a pair that they wear on a day to day basis, not just for sport. (All that sport I do…) Given the erratic British weather patterns and the amount we pound the pavements, there is also a reason to invest in a new pair, and I highly recommend looking at Rose Rankin’s new website for some eye candy.
Rose Rankin is a new premium footwear label with an emphasis on sneakers. They are handmade in Portugal from the finest materials and carefully stitched by traditional shoe makers. The brand is characterised by understated design and subtle detailing, combined with a love of colour. Her first collection combines feminine tones, colour pops and metallics to give a playful patchwork aesthetic.
After Rose’s second daughter was born, she decided to make the leap to being her own boss, doing something that she loved. She took at short course in the business of fashion at Portobello Business Centre and then set about the daunting tasks of finding factories and convincing them that her paper drawings were worth bringing to life!
Her motivations were two fold: Firstly, with the rise of luxury sportswear she felt there was a gap for beautifully handmade sneakers, designed specifically for women and at a more accessible price than other luxury brands on the market. Her second motivation was buying her kids funky little trainers and she wanted to inject some of that playful feeling into her shoes.
Well, I think she has definitely done just that.
Shop: The vintage shops in Camden passage, Islington
Restaurant: Granger & Co
Hotel: The Oberoi Mauritius
Place: Villa, Greek Island, Family
To view and buy online www.roserankin.com