Emmy - Custom Made Wedding Shoes

Emmy Scarterfield, the super talented designer behind the luxury couture shoe brand ‘Emmy,’ can’t contain her passion for shoes.

"All Brides are not the same and every Bride wants something different. The beauty of bespoke shoes like ours is that they are custom made to order, in any heel height or combination of styles that a bride wants."

Like most women, I adore shoes, but Emmy Scarterfield, the super talented designer behind the luxury couture shoe brand ‘Emmy,’ can’t contain her passion for them. You simply couldn’t fail to like her; throughout our interview she was delightfully warm and has a great sense of fun. You could say that her success is all in the genes, being a direct descendent of Charles Digby Harrod, the founder of Harrods, but I would prefer to say it comes from her driving passion, honest charm and unique sense of style.

When did you start to design shoes?

I launched Emmy Shoes about five and a half years ago. I have always been passionate about shoes and I love all things vintage. My background is in design, I designed for Armani, Mulberry and Bottega Venetta. Friends who were getting married were really disappointed with what was on offer at the time, so I first began to design for them. Sometimes I think that my job is really self-indulgent, I design shoes and hair decorations that I would love to wear and I love it, thankfully Brides love my creations just as much as I do!

Have you always been passionate about shoes?

Absolutely, evenat pre- school I used to put building blocks in my socks to make high heals! I grew up in a village in Somerset where Clarks shoes are made and they used to bring shoes to the school for us to test. Each time they came I used to burst with excitement! The passion just kept growing, when I was older my friends and I used to play near the Mulberry factory and we howled with laughter as they held my ankles while I rummaged in the skip for leather scraps to stitch together on my mother's sewing machine.

Where do you get your inspiration from?

I’m inspired by so many things; films, exhibitions and every day objects. One of my shoes, ‘Big Bow,’ was inspired by a lovely cushion that I came across. I also have a shoe that was inspired by a vintage umbrella. I love everything vintage and glamourous and adore vintage markets. Romance and fantasy also play a big part in my designs, one of my current collections is based on the fantasy of ‘The Secret Garden.’

When can we see your new collection?

My new collection will be unveiled in April. Some of the shoes were made especially for the catwalk and are super, super high. The catwalk collection is a showcase for what we do but is by no means definitive. All Brides are not the same and every Bride wants something different. The beauty of bespoke shoes like ours is that they are custom made to order, in any heel height or combination of styles that a bride wants.

We also make handmade hair decorations to compliment our shoes but can work with Brides to create something that works for them.

The exciting vintage inspired collection that I designed with the wonderfully talented Jenny Packham has just been unveiled. We designed it together to complement her stunning gowns. The beautiful collection oozes glamour and incorporates ribbon ties, draped jewels and dazzling tear drop crystals.

Tell us about your own wedding, did you design your own shoes?

My look was very much about accessories and 30s glamour. I wanted a simple dress and very early on had bought some beads that I wanted to sew onto it. My good friend Jenny Packham offered to design my wedding dress a

nd incorporated my beads into the design; it was very special. I had an ostrich feather cape, which I assumed I would just wear as an accessory for the ceremony, but on the day it snowed really deep ‘snowman’ snow so I kept it on all day! I wore Emmy shoes of course ‘Mary Janes.’ I wanted to dance till dawn so I designed beautiful shoes that let me do just that!

Meet Emmy and see her beautiful custom made wedding shoes for yourself at the intimate new wedding show ‘Absoloutely Beautiful Weddings’ at Claridges on Sunday 28th March.  There are 12 wedding designers and suppliers on show and the editor of Wedding Magazine Catherine Westwood and Fashion Director Jenny Swire are on hand to give advice and answer questions.  Other designers showing include Sassi Holford, Luella's Boudoir and Magpie Vintage (please visit the Absolutely Beautiful Weddings website)

Examples of Emmy’s collection can be viewed at here

The new vintage collection designed by Emmy and Jenny Packham is available to view at Jenny's accessories boudoir. To contact the boutique please call 0207 730 2264.

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