|The Last Wall|
Beau Coops designer Carrie Cooper recently relocated her design studio from Sydney to London, partly to be closer to the mecca of shoe-making, Marche, on the Adriatic Coast of Italy. Marche is where most "Italian-made' shoes come from - think Prada, Miu Miu, Marc Jacobs, Jil Sander and of course most of the shoes that are distributed in Australasia by Beau Coops' parent company, Nick Mascetelli Imports. Ms Cooper makes the trip often and it is surely the most rewarding part of the process, to see her designs come to fruition in the home of great shoemaking. Grant Fell caught up with her to find out more about making the collection, 'Future Retrospect' in The Marche. All photos by Carrie Cooper.
|It's a hard job, but Carrie's gotta do it!|
Grant Fell: Carrie Cooper, Beau Coops designer, you are now based in London. How has that been going and how has that affected the way you design, and produce Beau Coops? Carrie Cooper: Moving back to London feels like a homecoming of sorts, perhaps more heavily on the creative and business side. Like with any large movement/city/group of friends etc..the bigger the environment, the more content you absorb and more experiences you have equating to a richer 'library' you have to draw ideas from. Tell us about this collection. What is it called, what are the key design features, materials used, nuances…? This collection is called FUTURE RETROSPECT. Like the name implies, I have been retrospectively looking back to a time where 'future' in design was paramount, something I think our generation has lost (that, and I am a wee bit of a closest space geek). In saying that, what you will see in the collection are very linear cuts/shapes and clean lines. There is reference to Nasa space-station uniforms and the Shuttle in the colour palette - to the extent even where I have taken the pattern of the ceramic tiles (these are on the base of the Space Shuttle to absorb the heat on re-entry into the Earth's atmosphere) and lazer cut out pieces of leather.
|"Pull Over' buddy|
There are many artisans are involved in the actual production part of a Beau Coops collection. Talk us through the key people involved and their roles - from the time you walk in the door until the time you leave… From start to finish the shoe will pass through at least six to nine pairs of hands before they are boxed up and sealed ready to ship to our customers. The sole units of Beau 5, our most popular boot are finished by the same people that finish Prada boots. It takes five people to get the right finishing and high quality of look and feel of the sole unit alone, not even considering the upper/leather/metal trims etc.. A lot of people wonder why shoes can be so expensive - it's a lot harder than it appears to get a product looking and feeling right.
|Ye olde prototype|
|Very experienced hands|
|Leather and zippers|
Five words to describe the collection? Linear/Minimalist/Texture/Form/Function
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