I recently visited Le Manoir in Great Milton, Oxfordshire to design a special demonstration shoe for Le Manoir to show their clients in preparation for a wedding at this magnificent venue. Walking along the lavender paths I instantly had an idea for a pair of wedding shoes.
While sketching I was in my mind surrounded by fields of lavender which I personally love. I love the colour, shape and smell, very relaxing, such images really help me to focus. Once my basic sketch is done, I start using colours to bring the sketch to life. I love using wax crayons, felt pens, pencils and drawing pens in different sizes.
I played about with various shapes to provide the best canvas for the lavender imagery, settling on an almond toe, high heel, platform, primarily white with lavender. Using white nappa leather with the Le Manoir logo embroidered in white at the side of the shoe above the heel. Hand painted English lavenders on leather all around the platform and up to the mid point of the heel. Lovely soft white shoe lining with lavender coloured sock. It shall be known as “Le Manoir Shoe”.