- On December 18, 2012
Today’s label of the month is the designer Liam Fahy, son of an Irish father and an English mother, who spent part of his childhood on a small snake farm in Zimbabwe. Today he creates the most beautiful and outstanding shoes. We talked to Liam about his brand and places he recommends for shopping.
– Please tell us something about your brand and the ideas behind it?
Liam Fahy is a luxury ladies footwear designer whose shoes are worn on celebrities and featured in numerous fashion journals around the world. He was chosen by Manolo Blahnik as the first ever Fashion Fringe designer and consequently has designed shoes for many of London’s most famous designers. Each range is produced in limited editions in Venice Italy, to ensure exclusivity and each piece is painstakingly inscribed with a nickel signature that insures that they are not only authentic in design but also original in construction.
– What’s special about your brand? What do you want to achieve in the future?
The factory that produces Liam Fahy shoes is one of the finest factories in Italy, it uses the tanneries and heel makers of brands like Chanel, Alaïa, Louboutin and Givenchy.
The aim of Liam Fahy is to make as many women as possible happy with our shoes.
– What’s your design process like?
Most of the designs are done when I’m traveling in Africa or around Italy, but the ideas and inspiration are constant. The hardest part is choosing from hundreds of designs, which ones to make.
– What was the most exciting experience having your own brand / company?
The most exciting thing for me is traveling all over the world to source ideas and inspiration and developing these ideas into real items that are then worn on beautiful women. The evolution of an idea and the psychology of fashion is what I enjoy most. If you enjoy what you do as much as I enjoy designing, then you will never have to work another day in your life.
– Which three pieces are your favorites out of your current collection?
From the Film Noir collection
– Briege Booties in Black with a furry toe, this one looks stunning on the foot.
– What are some of of your favorite stores?
One of my favorite stores in North London is the Green Room Charity shop on Archway road. It’s an archive of interesting eclectic bits and pieces from dolls-arms to porcelain heads and Margaret Thatcher slippers. It’s not a fashion store, it’s a charity shop but always has something unique and unusual in the window.
My Favourite store back home in Zimbabwe, is Feradays. Its a very old Gun shop in the old downtown district but has antique camping gear an amazing collections of leather artifacts.
– In the end, please tell us something about the location your company is based? Which places (restaurants, shops, bars, …) near by would you also recommend?
The company has several bases – London, Bourne -Lincolnshire, Harare -Zimbabwe and Germany.
Bourne, where we have small design studio, is a tiny village in the Lincolnshire countryside. It is also the birthplace of Charles Worth; widely considered the Father of Haute Couture.
In Italy, I would recommend the Molini (Mill house) between Venice and Padua
Now it’s a wine bar and restaurant but its still full of all the old machines and does great food.
In London, The Caravan Cafe (recently opened and inside the new Central Saint Martins Fashion Campus. Fashion and food, what more could you ask for.
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