Ever seen a single, lonely shoe in a gutter and wonder how it got there? who it belonged to? How it became lost?
Well, I don’t have the answer to these questions but today sees the opening of Lost Soles: an exhibition at the London Design Festival that is inspired by abandoned shoes. And it features a shoe that they asked me to customise!

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It started as this boring faux leather brogue (sorry New Look!) but that’s basically a blank canvas to have fun with! I knew I wanted to hand-paint some animal print, so I started by painting panels with acrylic paint that I could then turn into leopard, tiger and zebra.

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However, I was painting this between trips to Bestival and given that the theme was ‘HMS Bestival’, I couldn’t resist adding in a Breton stripe once I’d finished the leopard. One of my favourite print clashes!

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If you’re in the Seven Dials area of Covent Garden, London from today until the 22nd, do pop into 38 Earlham Street and have a look. I’m hoping to steal half an hour from London fashion week to go myself today. There’s more information here.

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