In a moment of madness or divine intervention Rupert Sanderson resigned from a disastrous career in advertising to learn how to make shoes at the Cordwainers College in East London. During the summer break of the two year course he rode a motorbike to Italy to visit as many shoe factories, tanneries and last makers as he could.
In a very short time he was working in Italy firstly for Sergio Rossi and then 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.
RUPERT SANDERSON founded his eponymous company in London after returning from working in Italy in 2001.
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.
His desire to create beautiful sexy shoes for women derives from not only a deep feeling for fashion but a love of making beautiful, luxurious objects; that are considered fashionable. Rupert Sanderson has built a business on this belief and remaining uncommonly focused on shoes and shoe making.
By way of reinforcing his design principles, in July 2006 Rupert Sanderson bought a controlling interest in the factory he had been working with from his first collection. The skills and know-how built up over generations had to be safeguarded to ensure every pair of Rupert Sanderson shoes were the best they could possibly be.
- tri-coloured leather clutch bag
- winona patent leather pumps
- python print alma loafer
- galactic pink strappy sandal
- vermont knee length boots
The coterie of glamorous and famous woman around the world that wear Rupert Sanderson's shoes is testament and a compliment to the combination of how beautiful his shoes undoubtedly are and the attention he dedicates to these important and inspirational women.
Rupert Sanderson has two London stores located in Mayfair and Knightsbridge, a store in the Palais Royal in Paris and On Lan Street in Central Hong Kong. His shoes are available in over 150 department and specialist stores in fashion capitals around the world.
Rupert Sanderson was awarded the British Fashion Council's Accessory Designer of the Year in 2008 and the 2009 Accessory Designer at the Elle Style Awards.