Monday, 11 April 2011

Shopkeeper of the Week - Caroline Townsend of Mandarina Shoes

This week we are taking a look at Mandarina Shoes, a company which takes the art of shoe making to a new level. Caroline Townsend, the owner and designer behind Mandarina, has an exceptional understanding of what women want.

Historical shapes, heritage materials combined with vivid linings and accents ensure her collections remain classics.

Favourites in The Secret Arcade office include the Red Bow Tie Leopard Moccasin (above) and the Velvet Regency Mule that is lined in leopard-print and looks like it belongs in the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Here we take a few moments out with Caroline and reveal the surprising places where she finds inspiration for these classic designs...

How would you describe your e-shop?

Shoe paradise! A fabulous and unique collection of fun, quirky and original shoes and boots in sumptuous fabrics and great colours.

The cute Dachshund printed linen ballet pumps

Who/what are your biggest influences?

Travel. Our range is all about originality, elegance and style. Our classic styles are European in feel but given an exotic twist with fabrics from India, South East Asia and beyond.

Where is your favourite spring/summer place to visit for inspiration?

Vietnam never fails to inspire with its innate sense of style and exoticism.

What is your favourite item from your current collection?

The pink/orange suede kitten slingbacks are wonderful and embrace the new trend for colour blocking.

Do you have any new items/collections about to be launched?

Yes, we have a collection of toile de jouy pumps which will be incredibly chic for summer

What do you enjoy most about being one of the shops in The Secret Arcade?

The exclusivity.

Mandarina Shoes can be found in Shop No3 in the Accessories Passage

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