A young English designer launches a collection of footwear in vegetable-tanned leather shaped by hand through a special technique
Minimalist style, neutral tones, that highlight a certain essential design of almost Scandinavian taste but also the expressive power of the material, in this case natural cow leather. We are talking about British designer Chloe Stanyon, 26, who has recently appeared on the international scene with her own collection of handmade shoes that at present are marketed prevalently online. She has studied Fine Arts, specialized in photography and has a degree in Footwear Design from Cordwainers College of London. What makes Chloe’s shoes special is the use of vegetable-tanned leather that the designer handles through a special technique of her own invention, wet moulding, to give the various components the desired shape. Hand-stitching with waxed thread, together with some buckles and rivets, are the only decorative elements allowed. Apart from designing her own line, which she hopes to soon introduce in some independent boutiques, at present Chloe is also collaborating with the old English leather goods firm Swaine Adeney, developing new items for women.