What does luxury mean to you?
TS: It means a lot to me. When I set about to do my shoes, I wanted them to be the best quality that I could possibly make. That’s why it took so long to find a factory with that perfect hand. I wanted my shoes to last. Even though they are expensive, luxury should feel timeless. It’s really important for luxury to have longevity as an investment.
What does your nomination for the CFDA award mean to you?
TS: It’s an amazing honor. I was so excited when I heard about the CFDA. But it doesn’t really have time [to sink in]. After winning the emerging talent honor at the [British Fashion Awards], the next morning we were going through production and it was literally like, “OK, you won. Right. Now we have to get these leathers in or the shoes will not deliver on time.” Back to reality. But it was an amazing time and I’m really excited about the CFDAs.