During London Fashion Week, the designer presented her debut collection of subtly luxurious shoes for fall ’12. Lee, who describes her work as “wearable, non-aggressive, timeless and of good quality,” said she decided to launch her own line after stints in footwear at Vivienne Westwood and consulting for designers including Betty Jackson and Basso & Brooke. A graduate of London’s Central Saint Martins and the Royal College of Art, Lee also designed a collection for the now-shuttered Te Casan.
The new line features unexpected textures and materials on simple silhouettes. Styles include the Lafayette, a flat shoe with a zipper detail in beige printed leather; the Houma, a nylon boot; and the Cecilia, a high-heeled pump in kid suede with a bow. Each shoe takes its name from a different town in Louisiana.
“I don’t want to do too much with design as I don’t want to complicate [the shoes] too much,” said Lee. “It’s a simple silhouette as a framework for the material.”
The collection is priced from 350 pounds to 700 pounds, or $554 to $1,110 at current exchange, and will be stocked at Saboye in London starting in June. Lee also will show her fall collection at Premiere Classe in Paris, from March 2-5.