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Today I am delighted to share with you a brand new shoe collection, so new it hasn’t even been launched yet! Agnes & Norman is the brainchild of the very lovely Rachel Simpson, who is one of the nicest people I have met in the wedding industry! Rachel has put together a vintage inspired shoe collection for men and women that reflects the styles of the past and the quality that came with it.
The collection is absolutely beautiful and launching this month so I’m delighted to give you a sneak peek of the stunning designs PLUS Rachel has been kind enough to offer one very lucky Boho reader a pair of their very own Agnes & Norman shoes, just scroll down to the bottom of the post to find out how to enter.
From the home of elegantly understated bridal shoes, designer Rachel Simpson presents a brand new vintage inspired shoe collection for men and women.
agnes & norman is a luxuriously affordable range of footwear, taking style inspiration from a bygone era. Thoughtfully designed by award-winning designer Rachel Simpson and carefully handmade by skilled craftsmen in Spain, the emphasis is on simplicity and quality.
Every shoe tells a story and feels like a treasured heirloom. Each pair is designed to fit perfectly, feel indulgent and exude unique character and good old-fashioned quality.
Fifteen thoughtfully designed styles make up the stunning new spring/summer collection. Available exclusively online at www.agnesandnorman.co.uk, the new collection launches in April 2013.
In 1927 Agnes Stafford & Norman Simpson got married. It was snowing, so Agnes had to be carried to the church so as not to spoil her shoes. Eight children and twenty-two grandchildren later, in 2001 one of those granddaughters became a shoe designer, travelling to shoe factories around the world. Several years later in 2008 she launched her own bridal shoe company.
Four years on, with Rachel Simpson firmly established in the bridal industry, she returns to her roots to launch her latest venture.
For 2013, alongside the established and much-coveted bridal shoe collection, comes a brand new and exciting vintage shoe brand. Continuing to offer the fundamental qualities of Rachel Simpson shoes- quality, comfort, style and that little something which makes them so beautifully unique- Rachel is proud to present agnes & norman, her signature shoe collection for men and women.
Luxuriously affordable, the brand new agnes & norman collection combines classic ideas and vintage styling with on-trend colours and silhouettes. Spicy, rich tones and earthy neutrals in leather and suede are married with delicate stitching, metallics, flattering straps and cute bows to create vintage style shoes for work, rest and play. With over a decade of experience designing for a variety of high street brands, Rachel’s designs are as comfortable as they are stylish, with carefully selected heel heights and full leather linings.
Shoes like they used to be.
After graduating from De Montfort University in 2001 Rachel Simpson worked for a number of high street brands as a successful freelance designer. Whilst training, it was the art of shoe making which became the passion, and it was for this reason Rachel bought a couple of old footwear machines and built a workshop at the bottom of the garden!
It was whilst making commissions here that Rachel saw a gap in the market for fashion lead yet timeless, well made bridal shoes. After sourcing the perfect suppliers and several development trips to the factories, the first collection was launched into the market at the 2008 National Wedding Show. The fantastic reaction proved that brides were ready for something a little different, but also that they weren’t the only ones, and the brand soon attracted a large number of well respected boutiques as stockists.
Today award-winning* Rachel works closely with the factories to create shoes which are as comfortable as they are beautiful. Every shoe is exclusively designed in the UK and beautifully handmade in Spain by skilled craftsmen and women. Emphasis is on quality, with full leather linings and high-grade leather, satin and suede uppers. As well as her love of vintage, inspiration comes from all over, including current trends and of course listening to customers!
Rachel Simpson’s bridal collection is available online now at www.rachelsimpsonshoes.co.uk and both nationwide and internationally through carefully selected bridal boutiques.
*Winner of Best Bridal Shoe Collection 2012 – Wedding Ideas, Highly Commended for Best Shoe Collection 2011 – Perfect Wedding
One winner will win a pair of agnes & norman shoes of their choice from the current spring/summer collection (available for all to order from 15th April).