University of the Arts London – Showtime for Samuel Way

Samuel Way London College Fashion Rangeboard

Rangeboard

Samuel Way London College Fashion Green Shoes

Don’t step on my green suede shoes

Samuel Way London College Fashion Rubber Duckie shoes

Rubber Duckie

Samuel Way is another cordwainer Graduate from the London College of Fashion.

Another that is in the context of my last showtime post about Min Jung Chae.

In that post I commented that women’s shoes were in general a lot more creative and innovative then the more sober and conservative men’s shoe.

Samuel Way’s footwear designs are certainly not conservative, very definitely an exception to that rule.

He has a BA Honours Degree in Cordwainers Footwear, more specifically in their product design and development.

His Spring Summer 2012 collection is inspired by his own childhood nostalgia and uses very bold colours and block designs.

In his own words ‘… a menswear collection inspired by re-collective memories, themes like cartoon characters, board games and other childhood related products that I still feel nostalgic about’.

In this Showtime collection he worked toward this with a comical and toyish looking footwear.

All his shoes are hand-made.

Though this collection is focussed on men’s shoes he also produces women’s shoes such as a Jimmy Choo and H&M collaboration.

He now works as an apprentice for design company BSV International based in London.

I look forward more of his bold and creative footwear.Samuel Way London College Fashion

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University of the Arts London – Showtime for Min Jung Chae

Min Jung Chae London College Fashion

Min Jung Chae London College Fashion

Wedding Shoes

Following my Showtime post on Yeashin Kim is a post on another South Korean graduate, Min Jung Chae.

She is a graduate too of the London College of Fashion – her degree though is in Cordwainers Footwear Design in addition to a BA Degree in textile fashion design from her home country. The London College of Fashion itself absorbed in 2000 the Cordwainer’s Technical College, its most famous alumni being Jimmy Choo.

I love shoes – not in a fetishistic way you understand! Especially women’s shoes – Men’s shoes I like too – Brogues, Oxfords, Doc Martens but, the latter not withstanding, the degrees of design difference between them is minimal – suggesting that in shoes at least men are the more conservative of the sexes.

A woman’s shoe is a much wider structural design platform – where not just craft and science is at work but art and magic. And art plus magic equals beauty – oh yes it does!

As part of this blog I did consider one of those No Comment features where daily I would include just a picture of a pair of shoes – from the aforementioned Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Kate Spade and on…no words as what more needs to be said – perhaps I still will – I will likely find they get more hits than my posts with words do!

Min Jung Chae is hoping to follow in their luxuriously heeled footsteps. She cites architectural and engineering structures particularly suspension bridges in terms of movement and harnessed restraint, whilst at the same time producing shoes that remain restrained and feminine.

The page which showcases her work as well as pictures of her shoe productions also include the development works, inspiration sketches and thought processes behind the designs.

I find her shoes both romantic and innovative.

I look forward to seeing more of her cordwainery in the future.Min Jung Chae London College Fashion

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