IN THE STUDIO WITH ATALANTA WELLERJuly 20, 2012
Atalanta Weller is one of the most exciting and innovative shoe designers around. She grew up in Gloucestershire and studied all things shoe at Cordwainers College after being inspired by a single vintage piece. Her design companions range from Henry Holland to Gareth Pugh, her client list includes Lady Gaga and she has her own permanent collection at London’s V&A Museum, not to mention an exclusive collection of shoes created just for us at Urban. We camped outside her studio until she had to let us in, and asked her a million questions – here’s what happened
Which shoe designer inspires you most? Salvatore Ferragamo. As a designer he was so innovative with making materials. If you ever get the chance to go to the Ferragamo museum in Florence, it is just the most amazing and inspiring place. I need to add him to my dinner party list!
Which living person do you most admire and why? It tends to be people who have made really tough choices. Like a lot of my friends around me just making stuff work.
What thing most attracts you to a pair of shoes? I do buy stupid shoes like furry ones, shoes from Mexico that are far too small for me – I justify them as research I suppose!
Do you have a treasured possession? My mind, you’re a bit screwed without that!
What would be your fancy dress of choice? I went to a Halloween party a few years ago as The Birds, so I wore a suit and had my eyes pecked out with blood. I made a headpiece with loads of birds. That was a good one!
What is your guiltiest pleasure? Sons of Anarchy. I’m completely obsessed! Or Game of Thrones. That would be the other one!
What has been the worst job you have ever had? It was before I went to University, I did telesales in Swindon for a book club. But the database was a bit out of date, and every second person was dead!
What has been your most embarrassing moment? I don’t really embarrass that easily, I tend to find things funny!