If like me you’ve been roaming around the streets of London in desperate search for the perfect pair of handmade brogues, look no further: Author shoes is the place to go to. Located in a 19th century building in the heart of the City of London, this lovely little store was once property of the Fox family (hence the sign) and used to sell what were known as the best umbrellas in London. The windows and wooden floors haven’t changed since the 1920’s, making it the best art deco building in the Capital.
The theme for the launch party of Author’s new footwear collection was (no wonder) the roaring 20’s. Everything from the ragtime music to the staff geared up in classic flapper gowns and curly finger waves made me feel like I was part of Louise Brooks and Zelda Fitzgerald’s jazz age.
After being served a very bohemien cocktail of absinthe and cordial, I headed to the upper floor where Leila, a make-up artist with a passion for vintage and silent movies, was kind enough to give me a 20’s inspired makeover.
I was so overwhelmed by the atmosphere I ended up staying there for a good three hours, treating myself to a beautiful pair of handmade leather mocassins:
Needless to say, I will definitely head back to this little treasure trove, wether it is to shop some genuine British footwear or just listen to some good classy music.
Author Shoes is an exquisite vintage shoe shop based near the London Wall. When I arrived at their launch party, which had a twenties theme, I was taken aback by the beautiful old facade of the building, which I later found out was built in 1864. The building has barely changed, inside or outside, since then, with the wooden floors and windows having survived two world wars.
As soon as I walked in, I was greeted by a girl dressed in a sequinned salmon pink tassel dress and with dramatic 20’s style make-up, handing out flutes of champagne. To see everyone taking the theme so literally – I saw a man dressed as an authentic 1920’s paparazzi, complete with camel trench coat and big camera in tow – was brilliant. On show at the party were lots of beautiful vintage shoes, while make-up artists and hair stylists were on hand so you could shop and get your hair and make-up done, all the while sipping champagne and nibbling on canapés.
Author sources vintage shoes from various designers, including Vivienne Westwood for Melissa, Ted Baker and many more, as well as designing a limited range of shoes in house. I loved the collections on show, so much that I left with a pair of Melissa black patent, tribal patterned wedges.