Office Blog Posts Tagged ‘shoes’

AW14 Shoot: Behind the Scenes

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

To coincide with the launch of our Autumn/Winter 14 collection we had 3 great days shooting the campaign in an East London studio, close to OFFICE HQ.

We had 2 great models, Emma and Charlie, stylists, hair and make up team, photographers and even a cute pooch called Stanley running around, keeping us all thoroughly entertained.

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With rails of clothes in an array of autumnal colours and racks of all our latest shoes it was like diving into Aladdin’s cave surrounded by new season treasures. This season has some style classics like Chelsea boots, patent knee high boots, loafers and brogues with some stand out metallic high heels for the girls.

Stanley

Key looks that stood out for the girls were ’70′s styling,  boxy and masculine tailoring and muted colours. The boys have more of a rugged gentleman look with loose tailoring, oversized outerwear and flashes of heritage tweeds.

With so many great looks, inspiring footwear and ideas on how to wear, Autumn/Winter 14 has got us super excited and as much as we aren’t too keen on the winter weather, it does mean we can invest in a new season wardrobe!

 

SHOP HERS NEW IN

SHOP HIS NEW IN

 

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Win Shoetopia by Kathryn Kenny

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

 

While at OFFICE we have always, of course, been huge fans of shoes and it’s brilliant to see that it is  becoming an ever more prominent topic within the fashion world. There are an increasing amount of innovative shoe designers coming to light and even the larger well established fashion houses are creating even more fabulous and outrageous shoes than they ever were before. We have been lucky enough to get a hold of five of the amazing ‘Shoetopia’ books published by @laurencekingpub. Within this publication they discover more detail and insight into the minds of 40 top shoe designers than ever before. Delving into the ideas and inspiration behind some of the wildest creations the shoe world has ever seen, while understanding the women they have in mind when the concepts come together on paper.

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For your chance to win one of the five copies we have available follow us on Twitter and instagram and Retweet #OFFICEshoetopia when you see it.

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The best shopping cities in the UK

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

As you would expect, a few of us here at Office HQ are serious shopping addicts. While this isn’t always good news for our bank balances, it does mean we can point you in the direction of the best places to splash your cash.

Here’s our guide to the best shopping cities in the UK. Just make sure you book your trips for near pay day!

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Best for independents: Bristol

If you crave something a bit different, Bristol is the shopping destination for you. The city’s streets are packed with independent stores and boutiques selling everything from clothes to records and books.

Our top picks include the simply named ‘Shop’ which sells everything from second-hand vinyl and homeware to furniture and fashion. Also visit the family-run Bamonte clothing, whose owners travel to the likes of Paris and Milan to source their latest pieces. The chances of you bumping into someone in the same outfit as you if you shop here? Pretty low.

Best for high-end shops: Leeds

Harvey Nichols chose Leeds as the location for its first store outside of London for a reason. This city boasts dozens of high-end shops brimming with designer labels. For the best high-end attire head to the stunning Victoria Quarter – a truly luxurious shopping arcade.

With All Saints, The Kooples and Vivienne Westwood all sitting under one roof, it’s definitely somewhere to visit if you are looking to blow the budget.

Best shopping centre: Birmingham Bullring

Some people prefer the Trafford Centre while others swear by Meadowhall, but for us there’s only one place to head if you want to find all your favourites under one roof – the Bullring in Birmingham. Not only does it have pretty much every high street and department store you can think of, it has super-sized versions, which are almost certain to have that dress you’ve been lusting after online.

Our favourite shop (except our own of course!) has to be Selfridges. Four floors of clothes, shoes, handbags, cosmetics and of course the legendary Food Hall.

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Best all rounder: London

We couldn’t have a best shopping cities list without featuring our beloved capital. Whether you want quirky boutiques, high street favourites or giant shopping centres, London can cater to your every retail whim.

Whether you want to join the crowds on Oxford Street, window shop in Mayfair, escape the rain at Westfield or hit the independents in Shoreditch, there’s sure to be something to suit your tastes.

For something a bit different, Shoreditch is home to the world’s first pop-up mall, Boxpark, while there are bargains to be had in upmarket Notting Hill if you pop by Portobello Market.

Now, where’s our credit card!

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This Month We Love – Wellies

Friday, October 11th, 2013

 

Are you one of the many festival revellers who have put your wellies away now the season is coming to an end? Well, we have you know that those rubbery boots are much more than just a pair of stylish mud lovers.

Whether you’ve left them behind in a welly henge or you’re wondering what on earth you’ll do with them now, fear not, we may have had a lovely summer but this is the United Kindom.

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Showers and snow will surely bless our shores this autumn/winter and with over 100 styles at OFFICE, there’s no excuse for wet feet. And yes, the welly is a practical staple for the seasons ahead but does that mean (other than festivals and rainy days) should they be hidden away?

At OFFICE we think not. Making a great impression on the catwalks and a favourite amongst celebrities, the welly boot has become an all-year-round fashion must have. Whilst remianing comfortable the welly boot comes in a burst of colour and patterns and is perfect for a chic or understated look.

Not bad for just a welly, eh?

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Win a Luxury Weekend with Ted Baker

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

 

To welcome in the new season, Ted’s giving OFFICE customers the chance to win a luxurious weekend away for two to Edinburgh worth £1000!

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This fantastic prize includes:

  • A weekend stay at the Rutland Hotel, a luxury listed building in the heart of the city centre
  • Dinner at Kyloe Restaurant & Grill, Edinburgh’s premier original steak restaurant
  • £200 spending money to make the most of the weekend away
  • 5 pairs of Ted Baker shoes from the Autumn Winter 2013 Collection
  • Travel costs to Edinburgh train station

 

To be in with a chance of winning, Take the Scenic Route and visit www.office.co.uk/winwithted

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Any weekend getaways already planned? Whether it’s for a special occasion, mini break, or your everyday wardrobe, do it in style with Ted’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Collection.

The women’s collection is a journey through signature Ted Baker prints and a misty colour palette of high shine blacks and natural hues, intensified by bottle greens and berry reds.

 

 

Ted Baker Women's Collection

 

 

Elegant court shoes with 1940’s silhouettes have been embellished with metal tips and toes and faceted jewel trims. Meanwhile Ted’s selection of autumn/winter boots ranges from black suede ankle boots with contrast metallic block heels, to sophisticated yet casual Chelsea boots in rich leathers, to the weekend-essential Wellington in a textured snake.

Ladies, this season with Ted travel first class, from head to toe.

Ted’s Autumn/Winter 2013 Men’s collection is a one-way ticket to gentrified profiles and urbane warm colours. With a sense of vintage adventure, winter shoes introduce cleated soles, strong characterful leathers and heritage details to the collection.

Baker Men's Collection

 

For a touch of old-school glamour, glossy patent leathers add sheen to polished evening footwear. Handsome buckled monk shoes and printed slipper-shoes are a nostalgic choice for the quintessential gentleman.

Take the road less travelled this season and happen upon a range of shoes full of eye-catching details and opulent materials. Check out Ted’s video to get a snapshot of the latest collection.

 

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The OFFICE Autumn/Winter 2013 Look Book

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

OFFICE Shoes A/W Look Book

This season we take timeless staples and merge them with the hottest trends for 2013. Our Autumn Winter Look Book embodies the must haves shoes for the season ahead, and gives you great outfit ideas. Enjoy…

Felix wears OFFICE Frankie Brogue and Abby wears OFFICE Teach Loafer

 Felix Wears Frankie Brogue & Abby wears Teach Loafer

Abby wears Roundabout Red Heels

Abby wears Roundabout Heels

Felix wears Ask the Missus Bailey Boots
Felix wears Ask the Missus Bailey Boots (Coming soon)

Abby wears Razzle Camo Heels

Abby wears Razzle Camo Heels

Felix wears Ask the Missus Torin Lace Boots

Felix wear Ask the Missus Torin Lace Boots (Coming soon)

Abby wears Big Bang Boots & Felix wears Damian BroguesAbby wears Big Bang Boots & Felix wears Damian Brogues (Coming Soon)

Abby wears Ritzy Buckle Heels and Paddington Buckle Flats

Abby wears Paddington Buckle Flats & Ritzy Buckle Heels (Coming Soon)

Abby wears Beloved cut out Ankle Boots

Abby wears Beloved cut out Ankle Boots

Felix wears Ask the Missus Ernest and Abby wears Beatbox

Felix wears Ask the Missus Ernest (coming soon) and Abby wears Beatbox

 

 

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The new London Flagship store

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

2013 is shaping up to be a great year for OFFICE. With 2 stores opening in Germany and a brand new website, we’ve now launched our London Flagship store on Oxford Street East.

A promising addition to the OFFICE portfolio, this is our 99th stand alone store to date and is a sign of more good things to come. The ribbon was cut on 1st August with 100 goody bags to give away, filled with treats from Label M, Dermalogica and Models Own – to name a few.

New OFFICE Store
New OFFICE Store

The spacious new store presents the latest styles from the autumn collection alongside exclusive styles from global, must-have brands such as Converse, Nike, Underground Creepers and Jeffrey Campbell.

Keep the 31st August free in your diary and pop by for our illustration event. The store will have an illustration booth where customers can have their fashion portrait taken. Artists will sketch customers wearing their favourite pair of Office shoes from the new autumn collection and then upload the sketches to the OFFICE facebook account.
New OFFICE Store
New OFFICE Store

To find your nearest OFFICE store please visit the website.

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Spotlight on Talent – The Judging & the Winners

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

We recently teamed up with our good friends from UGG Australia to put the spotlight on you and your talent. With creative minds switched on we received hundreds of your UGG Australia designs. For a preview of some of the entrants you can visit our Facebook album.

UGG Australia Judging Panel

It was no easy task but we managed to shortlist the most interesting and inspiring designs. But the hardest part was still to follow. Our wonderful judges got together at UGG Australia’s London Head Office to make some tough decisions.

UGG Australia Judging Panel

UGG Australia Judging Panel

After a preview of the UGG Australia 2013 A/W collection (which is stunning), the judges revisited the design brief and viewed the shortlist. With judging criteria on design, practicality and originality, each design was scored out of 10 by each judge.

UGG Australia Judging Panel

UGG Australia Judging Panel

Each judge looked at the shortlisted designs from a different perspective and there was much to debate over – all in good hearted spirit of course. Once the scores were totaled our top 3 were announced. For a one minute recap you can watch our video of the campaign here.

3RD PLACE – FRANK WILLEMS

UGG Australia Design

2ND PLACE – HOWARD FOX

UGG Australia Design

 

1ST PLACE – SOFIA ZETTERSTEDT

UGG Australia Design

OFFICE and UGG Australia want to thank everybody who entered and voted in the design studio. We were blown away by the quality and detail of the designs sent in – well done!

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Gandys – An Interview with Rob and Paul

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Gandys is a unique flip flop brand started by 2 passionate young brothers, Rob and Paul that have had some serious life experiences leading them to start something that has real purpose. The brothers were tragically orphaned by the Boxing Day Tsunami in 2004, which they narrowly survived themselves. Following this they wanted to turn the ultimate negative into a positive and use all of their life experience to date to help others.

Gandys Flip Flops

Having travelled for years, both with their family and individually, the brothers have always been closely involved with helping children in developing countries. With their footwear business they felt they could build a brand on their own beliefs so they created Orphans for Orphans. To commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tsunami, in 2014, the brothers are on target to open their first children’s home in their parents’ memory and eventually spread their work even further than the children’s home planned in India.

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We thought we would ask the brothers some questions to introduce us to this fresh and exciting new brand.

1. Why did you choose flip flops as your product, was there other ideas in the beginning?
Rob: I woke up with a mouth like Ghandi’s flip flops and after years of living in flip flops travelling around the World it seemed the perfect time to build a brand based on the beliefs my brother Paul and I learnt travelling and volunteering in India.

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2. Tell us more about the Orphans for Orphans campaign, how has Gandys helped orphans around the world since it began?
After being orphaned ourselves in the tsunami we had support from family and friends when we returned home from Sri Lanka. We obviously saw a lot and after years of a unique upbringing volunteering in India we wanted to create something sustainable in which we could help to open a home for those in need, which we hope to be one of many!

3. We love the idea that people can become Brand Ambassadors for Gandys, how can they do this and how can it help awareness?
It’s great way for other people to join us on our journey and we thought rather than have one particular celebrity ambassador we should involve everyone. Simple steps, such as sharing it on social networks to organising an event will help us towards the opening of our first children’s home.

Richard Branson Wearing Gandys

4. What are the ideas for the future with Gandys? Do you see more products in the future?
With the English weather perhaps wellies!

5. Our favourite colour flip flop is the definitely the Waikiki white, what’s yours?
Rob: Paul is a big fan of the bright Goa Green and I am a fan of the Necker Red as we now have Sir Richard Branson and everyone on Necker Island wearing them.

6. We know that you guys love to travel the world, where haven’t you visited but would love to?
We are both really keen to go to South America! Hopefully sometime in the near future we will be able to get out there.

Red Duck Gandys

7. Who would you love to see rocking a pair of Gandys?
We have already seen all sorts of people wearing them from Jamie Oliver, Abbey Clancy, Michelle Keegan, Premiership Footballers, Made in Chelsea and TOWIE stars. We also asked Usain Bolt to wear them out to the final of London 2012 but didn’t manage it on this occasion, perhaps in Brazil….

Sam Branson Wears Gandys

8. If Gandys could talk what would they say?
The English Weather has been nasty and not treated me with the TLC I need! Please take me somewhere sunny!

9. What has been the ultimate highlight so far for you guys since it all began?
There has been many highlights from getting into OFFICE, a shop we have always gone to for our shoes and seeing people out in Gandys. But the ultimate highlight was getting back out to India for Christmas and funding a teacher and educational equipment for a community after our first summer working out of our bedroom in Brixton.

Gandys

To get to know the brand even better the boys have made us this fantastic video, we at OFFICE are looking forward to rocking some Gandys flip flops this summer.

Spotlight on Talent – Aradia Crockett

Wednesday, June 12th, 2013

Having worked with a range of magazines, brands, bands and celebrities (and more!), London based stylist Aradia Crockett has worked her way up through the industry from her initial years as a model. With a love for the studio environment, fashion and travel, she leads a thrilling and glamorous lifestyle, networking along the way as she continues to build her impressive resume of clients.


Watch our latest Spotlight on Talent video as she tells us how she would approach designing her own capsule collection of footwear, and drops some hints for the trends to go with this season.

Feeling inspired? Submit your very own UGG® boot design by entering our virtual design studio.

You’ll need to hurry though the competition ends this Sunday 16th June.

Here are some of the current entries that have been submitted…

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