This bright newcomer is the product of a decade-long creative partnership between two Aussies, Alan Buanne (a Florence trained shoemaker, formerly of Nicholas Kirkwood) and Vanissa Antonious (a former editor from Harper's Bazaar UK). “We wanted the shoes to have a lot of substance but with a whisper, instead of a shout,” explain the dedicated duo. "We spent over five months perfecting the shape of the lasts [shoe molds]." Sophisticated “masculine” color combinations in supple suedes and leather strike the right note for what’s chic now.
Names: Vanissa Antonious & Alan Buanne
Born: Sydney, Australia (both)
Current mood: V.A Inspired and excited/ A.B Somewhat distracted. I am currently travelling through Rome.
Playlist: V.A Benny Sings/ A.B Lil’ Kim
Sunday morning spent: V.A Getting out of London / A.B I’m a person of extremes I am either recovering from the night before or practicing yoga
Based: UK (but we can often be found in Italy)
Aesthetic: Modern and understated with clean lines and pleasing surprises
Signatures: Gold ring hardware, unexpected color combinations
Key piece: The block two-tone heel, closed toe mule with the gold ring
Inspiration: Pierre Cardin in the 1960’s, Bauhaus art and architecture, Kandinsky, Malevich
Corsets, big sleeves, off-the-shoulder, the wide legged pant… Chelsea Goldman has a keen eye for the trends. Crafted in NYC but infused with a European flair (she trained at Saint Martin’s and London School of Fashion), her label offers those big-hitting, statement pieces that, being entirely day-appropriate, you’ll wear all the time. Using an original range of fabrics (from African Springbok fur to double face silk), the New York designer is fast-becoming known for her supersize details and cool layering.
Current mood: A mix of stress and excitement!
Born: New York City
On your playlist: Dolly Parton, Kanye West, Loretta Lynn, 1970s folk, Frank Ocean, Chance the Rapper
People who inspire you: NYC emerging artists (i.e. Matthew Palladino, Eddie Peake)
Launch: Spring 2015
Based: New York City
Aesthetic: Modern architectural with specialty craftsmanship details