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August 27 2014

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Rupert Sanderson’s Shoes For The Kaiser

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Rupert Sanderson was knee-deep in an advertising career when he decided to drop out of the rat race and focus on feet. More specifically, as the 1990′s wound down, Sanderson enrolled himself in the shoemaking course at London’s Cordwainers College. Degree in hand, he went on to apprentice himself to Sergio Rossi and Bruno Magli. Now, seven years, two London shops, and untold pairs of shoes later, the 2008 British Fashion Awards’ Accessory Designer of the Year finds himself readying
the ad campaign of many a shoe designer’s dreams. Sanderson will be providing the footwear at Karl Lagerfeld‘s Fall ’09 show tomorrow—product placement nonpareil, as Sanderson himself is happy to admit. “It came out the blue,” he noted over a pot of tea at the St. Martins Lane hotel in London. “Karl saw a pair of my boots and he just kind of fell for them. I’m not even adapting them that much for the show.” The Sanderson bootie that Lagerfeld is using—with some light adaptation—is a concealed platform stiletto in leather with clear vinyl covering; he’s also providing the Kaiser with a concealed platform pump with some spiderweblike embellishment along the toe. “I tend to keep things pretty minimal and clean, in terms of my aesthetic,” said Sanderson, “and Karl has wanted the shoes to be a bit more accessorized. Not much,” he adds, “but in any case, what Karl wants, you know, Karl gets.”

Photo: Courtesy of Rupert Sanderson

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