Caroline Groves’ shoes are hand-sculpted works of art, and are the ultimate expression of what leather can do in its various forms. The brand’s uniqueness lies in it’s commitment to traditional methods such as hand-welting - extremely rare in women’s high heels - and utilising materials and techniques from the arts of bookbinding, embroidery, leatherwork, calligraphy and illustration, among others.
Caroline’s inspiration comes from nature, history, art, and especially from her clients. Her bespoke work always reflects some piece of the client’s story - a provenance known only to the wearer, and hinted at in the naming of the shoe.
Caroline Groves recently launched an online boutique due to the restrictions of the pandemic. A small number of previously bespoke-only styles are now available in standard sizes, and to maintain the high- end craftsmanship the brand is known for, most pieces are made-to-order with a delivery time of 10-12 weeks. Bespoke commissions are welcome - the atelier has developed a successful way to fulfil these within the lockdown restrictions.
Like all good things, slow fashion comes at a price. Consider that couturiers of the past, much like the great painters or musicians, often relied on patronages which allowed them to develop their craft to the highest level. Caroline’s work is often likened to a fine painting or musical instrument - collector’s items.
Caroline Groves will be involved in these upcoming events:
Independent Shoemakers Conference, held online February 19th - 21st, 2021
Muse, Morph, Create - exhibition at the Broadway Arts Festival, June 4th - 13th, 2021 https://broadwayartsfestival.com