Walk the chic walk: Hetty Rose
Kimono inspired shoes that will instantly take you to the heart of vibrant Japanese culture – here are Hetty Rose shoes for you. A product of London College of Fashion, designer and entrepreneur Henrietta Rose Samuels is the brainchild behind the bespoke handmade shoes’ brand Hetty Rose. The brand is synonymous with making Kimono inspired shoes that are vibrant and come with one-of-a kind pattern.
Henrietta’s obsession with shoes started at an early age when she went to nursery school and all she could think about were her teacher’s red shoes! Each pair of shoes is made from vintage Japanese fabrics, which are reclaimed, recycled and are carefully paired with eco-sensitive vegetable tanned leather. The vintage fabric depicts different meanings and stories.
Though the designs are simple, the pop of colour gives each shoe its uniqueness and a timeless edge. Henrietta firmly believes that shoes should not be simple “brought from the shelf” items with any individuality to them. Hence, her bespoke service offers the wearer authenticity with the stamp of uniqueness.
After graduating from the London College of Fashion with the prestigious Cordwainers degree, Henrietta worked for a range of bespoke companies in the UK and Italy, including Georgian Goodman, prior to setting up her own label in 2007.
Here at The Upcoming, we cannot get our hands (or rather feet) off Mika, a fun sexy peep toe pair. The clever use of pink can brighten up any monochrome ensemble. The Eimi-2 pair is a wonderful blend of sophistication and functionality. The Orange-green motifs give it an undeniable charm. Elsie is another pair that will make you a show- stopper at any wedding.
Being a bespoke service, prices start at £350. Henrietta herself meets clients and takes their every request into consideration before proceeding with each design. However, let this not deter you: prêt-à-porter versions of Hetty Rose pretty peep-toes, flats, and pumps are also available and can be found in stores like The Natural Collection.
Click here to get smitten by these kimono inspired shoes.