When I went to see the AW14 collections at Playtime in Paris last month, I met the lovely and talented wife and husband team behind Chapter 2 Kids Fay and Tom. They are a luxury British brand that make children’s shoes and belts. The beautiful shoes are hand made at their home in London. The designs are classic, yet playful in colour and the leather is of the highest quality. The craftsmanship of these shoes when you see them in the flesh is outstanding, and a gorgeous keepsake.
Obviously a shoe for a special occasion, but also very wearable and so well made, that you would get your moneys worth and we all know how important it is to get your little toes in a good shoe.
And did I mention they also won the Milk Award for best shoes!
Fay has done our mini q & a for us, we’ve kept it short and sweet as usual, because juggling life, kids, and business doesn’t leave much spare time to sit and think.
3 quick ones with Fay:
Where do you live and with whom?
I live with my husband Tom and our two boys Connor 5 and Shea 8 months in Old Isleworth, near Richmond.
What inspires you in your shoe designs and what is your (and Tom’s) favourite pair of shoes?
My designs are quite timeless but with a contemporary edge. I love colour and often like to start the design process with a colour and materials palette but I can be inspired from lots of different things from the foil balloons at Connors birthday to an art exhibition we saw.
I have lots of amazing shoes which I don’t wear as I am terrible at wearing heels, so I guess the ones I love and wear are flat sandals by Joey McMakin. They have skinny ribbon straps with a large rectangular wood and crystal stone off-set over the toes. I’m just waiting for the sun to shine!
Tom’s favourite shoes are a pair of tan leather derbys from Crockett & Jones which he has lived in and have developed a beautiful character over the years.
What are your current favourite items for your boys (clothing/accessories or toys)?
My favourites for Connor are Nico Nico, Bobo Choses and Mini Rodini and he likes to choose which of our belts he’s going to wear each day. I’d love to get him a pair of Very French Gangster sunglasses this summer if he can be trusted not to break them.
And Shea lives in his Mini Rodini pom pom hat, Tootsa MacGinty trousers and grey shaggy Bon Ton coat. He’s wearing most of Connors old baby clothes and I’m trying really hard to resist buying him a whole new wardrobe!
images. Chapter 2 Kids