Essex Shoe Designer Vanessa Townshend Launches her Debut Collection
Essex shoe designer launches her namesake label with The Preview Collection.
Essex-based designer Vanessa Townshend has unveiled her first line VANESSA with The Preview Collection to her website and store VANESSA shoes.
Vanessa’s fascination with shoes started when she worked in London and fell in love with luxury brands including Prada and Gucci. But she couldn’t find any similar styles on the high street. So, having mastered the art of design, Vanessa opened her own store – VANESSA Shoes – on Leigh-On-Sea’s Broadway in October 2012.
Two years later she introduced her namesake line VANESSA, whilst continuing to create bespoke footwear. Vanessa’s new The Preview Collection features court shoes, boots and bags – which are all named after Nineties’ supermodels or Old Hollywood movie stars (including Elle Macpherson, Claudia Schiffer, Brigitte Bardot and Naomi Campbell). For Vanessa’s designs, both silhouette and structure are important, with the NAOMI boots featuring a cut-out that follows the natural curve of the foot.
In a trend-inspired colour scheme ranging from deep purple, scarlet and midnight blue, to grey and black, the style’s intricate design includes stones cut into the block heel, scalloped edges and gunmetal toe caps, quilted bags and tassels trims.
Crafted in Spain from the finest materials including kid suede, calf hair and snakeskin with leather lining and cushioned inner soles, the aim was to “create an elegant shoe that’s classic and comfortable but high quality”. It’s “shoes and accessories to die for,” Vanessa notes.
All accessories are available in the flagship store, 35 Broadway in Leigh-on-Sea, 01702662561, and also online at heelsboutique.co.uk.
Prices range from £95 to £295.