Boasting a fan list topped by none other than Beyonce and her daughter Blue Ivy, Kathryn Wilson has carved a name for herself as one of the top footwear designers in the country. Renowned for her distinctive and fashion-forward designs, Wilson’s shoes are already sold in over 120 stores throughout New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong, and the designer isn’t showing any signs of slowing down.
What was the inspiration behind your recent collection?
I am getting married in a month and was designing styles with this in mind for myself and the bridal party. The styles are feminine and cocktail influenced. There are some soft palettes of mint and blush pink that are contrasted with rich tortoise shell heels and embossed floral leathers. It’s a collection fit for the movie stars in all of us.
How would you describe your latest collection?
Fun, playful, beautiful and comfortable.
What is the latest shoe trend?
There are a lot of handsome man-style brogues and loafers being shown in most collections internationally. It’s been an important style for us over the last few seasons that seems to have a strong following among our customers. We have personalised ours with a gold capped metal toe and gold amulets on the laces for a touch of glam.
How did it feel when you opened your new store last month?
Our second Auckland boutique in Herne Bay is a really personal project for me. I live locally and felt strongly that we should have a retail presence in the area that is more of a brand experience, showcasing the collections in a calm environment where women feel comfortable to call in while out walking or conveniently park outside and take their time to try on all the heels they love! There is a beautiful sunny office space upstairs with a private fitting salon room and a champagne fridge, so it’s an ultimate brand experience we are hoping to offer our loyal customers.
What is the must have shoe from your recent collection?
The Karlya Loafer in two-tone black and white which Beyonce took home with her while visiting NZ last year! We had a list of over 50 customers who were waiting for this style to arrive into the stores.
How would you describe the difference between Miss Wilson and the Kathryn Wilson range?
Kathryn Wilson is our premium collection of sophisticated, timeless designs. We proudly limit all styles to a limited edition quantity being produced in each colour, giving the customer a unique product that will stand the test of time. The Miss Wilson collections are designed to be on-trend, playful and colourful with designs that acknowledge the international patterns and forecasts in an affordable, comfortable shoe you can wear all day into the evening.
What style of shoe do you wear daily?
A shoe that I can wear to the office first thing in the morning, running in between meetings throughout the day, to a bar to meet friends for a drink, before meeting my partner for dinner and home to bed. It’s usually something comfortable and colourful.