Cool brand alert - Rose Rankin
Posted on February 19 2016
Currently causing a lot of interest on the shop floor at The Mercantile is the new premium footwear brand, Rose Rankin. Having always worn trainers to work Rose spotted a niche for a more luxurious ‘work to weekend’ trainer and went on a mission to create them. Launching just last year, she quickly caught the eye of the fashion press and celebrities alike and established herself as one of the new 'brands to watch'.
The SS16 collection focuses on a playful patchwork aesthetic in a trans-seasonal colour palette. Design inspiration is drawn from retro seventies and eighties sports silhouettes with patterns and textures taken from everyday inspiration including London plane trees to the ceiling of a train carriage and style named after islands off Ireland, where the designer grew up.
Designed in her London studio and produced in Portugal by artisan leather workers, below Rose gives us an insight into the process behind her collections.
Rose in the studio. I take inspiration from the everyday - colours and patterns from interiors, fashion, nature and art exhibitions.
Everything starts with a drawing - the simmy original sketch.
The premium leathers are sourced in Italy and Portugal.
Once finalised, the leathers are either laser or hand cut.
There are so many components that go into one shoe. Once assembled, they are carefully stitched and moulded and the sole is stitched or glued on depending on style.
The Rose Rankin logo is then stamped on the insole.
The finished article - The Colt
Once ready they are boxed with bag and shipped out.
Shop Rose Rankin SS16 here
Follow Rose on Instagram here