A Q&A with our #RSDesignChallenge winner Fabienne
We are thrilled to have received so many wonderful entries via both email and Instagram, and hope that our challenge kept you cheerful and entertained during this strange and difficult time.
Following the difficult task of making a shortlist, Rupert came to the decision that there would be two lucky winners whose dream shoes will be made reality.
We are delighted to share our winners with you: first, we have a beautiful high heel sandal design from Fabienne. She has shared some thoughts and the inspiration behind her dream shoe with us. Follow @Fabienne_Sketches.
Where in the world are you based?
I normally live and work in Paris but due to Covid-19, I am currently based in Switzerland. I therefore have plenty of time for myself, to design and explore new methods.
What do you do?
I graduated from fashion design school Esmod in 2019 and I am currently working as an assistant designer in Ready-to-Wear in Paris.
What was the inspiration behind your dream shoe?
I wanted to create a timeless, yet modern sandal. A shoe that any woman could wear to different occasions, such as a summer brunch with friends on a Sunday, a family gathering, a date at her favourite restaurant or an afternoon ice cream stroll. A shoe that never gets forgotten in a closet. Therefore, I thought of a faux white croc base contrasted with a bright fuchsia red embellishment – this could never get left behind!
You may know that all Rupert Sanderson shoes are named after Daffodils. Have you named your shoe?
I call this shoe ‘Melior’. From Latin; the belief that the world can be made better by human effort. I believe in the good, in change. I support and admire Rupert and his team’s involvement in environmental and social missions. It is important to me to share and spread these values.
Where will you wear your dream shoes?
I am a shoe addict, especially when it comes to heels. I would personally take them for a walk as often as I can. I would wear them to an afternoon gossip tea time with my girls, to a summer after work “apéro” on a Parisian terrace. I would without any doubt take them on vacation with me! I would definitely wear them to visit my grandmother, she always loved seeing me in heels.