London’s Zoe Lee is getting in the footwear game.
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.