Timeless and elegant, strong and independent…introducing Dear Frances to Quincy Boutique!

Quincy is so excited welcome a new designer to the boutique…Introducing Dear Frances!

Timeless and elegant, strong and independent, Dear Frances brings a unique and fresh vision to luxury footwear design.
The Quincy team were lucky enough have an exclusive interview the creative woman behind the label, Jane Frances. Read all about her newest collection, personal style and of course shoe design!
After studying in London and Milan, Australian designer Jane Frances took up an internship at a family-owned footwear factory in Italy. Here she trained in the artisan craft of footwear design under the guidance of her celebrated teacher and mentor. Today, Dear Frances shoes are still made by hand at the same factory, using the age-old techniques handed down through generations of artisan shoe makers.

So, tell us about your Spring 2017 collection… 

Jane – ‘The development of Spring came from a study of opposites. I was interested in looking at the influence of the past on the present and of nature on modern design. In keeping with our aesthetic, I worked with timeless silhouettes such as lounge mules, classic ankle boots and minimalist heels, bringing them into a modern setting with a vibrant seasonal colour palette and refined textural fabrications. This season also sees the continued evolution of our best-selling Spirit Boots, as well as an exciting update to our signature perspex Float Heels.’

Who is the ‘Dear Frances’ woman?

Jane – ‘I see someone who is self assured and elegant. She has a mature approach to personal style and above all, an attractive sense of being.’

How did you get into being a shoe designer, is it something you always wanted to do?

Jane – ‘I’ve loved shoes and design, form, texture and tone since a very young age, as long as I can remember. However, it wasn’t until I explored these interests while studying that I truly realised my passion for shoe design and my desire to take it further.’

Tell us about the first shoe you ever designed?

Jane – ‘When I was a student in Milan, I designed a pair of shoes inspired by a table I had been admiring in one of the city’s beautiful design stores. It had clean lines with an intricate geometric pattern embossed into the legs. I was determined to translate the design into a pair of shoes and went about looking for a fine-artist, who would be willing to help me individually hand-paint the pattern onto wooden shoe heels. It took months to achieve the effect I was looking for, but the end result was just what I had pictured and made the entire process very satisfying. The design actually became part of our very first Spring collection.’

What is the most surprising or interesting thing you’ve learnt being a shoe designer?

Jane – ‘That just 1mm can make all the difference!’

How would you describe your personal style?

Jane – ‘I have a fairly clean aesthetic so generally wear sharp, monochrome pieces, like fitted jeans, a crisp white shirt, or structured tee. I also like to add some warmth and personality to an outfit, so a pop of colour or subtle details, which only I know I’m wearing are also nice.’

What was your last fashion purchase? And what is still on your wishlist?

Jane – ‘My latest purchase is a pair of beautiful ribbed woollen pants by Theory and I’m still pining after the most amazing cane bag by Swedish designer Palmgrens.’

And here is the the Quincy shortlist….our absolute must haves from the new collection…

The Summer Slide

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The Jen Slide in Optic White

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The Everywhere Mule

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The Poser Mule in Forest

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The Timeless Boot

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The Float Boot in Black

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The Sexy Stiletto 

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The Natalie Heel in Black

Product photography by Mark Colliton London UK more info at www.markcolliton.com All Rights Reserved

All images courtesy of Dear Frances at dearfrances.com

You can now shop the collection here or visit us in store at

76 Queen Street, Woollahra

(02) 9363 0559

Pedro Garcia in the Quincy Window

 

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A joy to be stocking such an amazing Spanish label. Pedro Garcia  is authentic and well respected in the footwear industry renowned for the invention of the moulded cork and rubber sole to mimic the feeling of standing on sand. Every time we receive a new delivery the excitement is evident the comfort the design the edgy and modern designs just keep coming season after season and have us hooked and we know you will be hooked too.

 “Brother and sister Mila and Pedro García are the third generation to lead this family shoe-making firm. Mila holds the CEO post, while Pedro is the brand’s creative director. They took over the reins from their father, the current company chairman, who is also named Pedro García, as was their grandfather, who founded the firm in 1925.”

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Below a little paragraph from Pedro Garcia:

” I believe that for the Pedro Garcia project to have survived for three generations in the footwear industry we must have done something right. Im eternally grateful to my father for his ability to build a business out of nothing – a business that later I had the chance to carry on with and expand – and now I am grateful to my children for doing a good job. Without them, we would not have made it to where we are today to fulfil this lifelong dream of mine. That’s why I say I’m a sandwich generation and my thanks go both sides: My father, for his legacy; and my children, for having wanted to continue that legacy.”

Take a look at the images below of our current window display we put together for the latest Autumn/Winter Collection online and in store now.

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On the blog!…Good Day Girl with Fifi Milne

On the blog this week…

 ‘Good Day Girl’, a made to fit; made to order fashion brand in Sydney, were taken on a shopping tour of Queen Street by personal stylist and fashion blogger Fifi Milne.

Rocking a classic ‘Good Day Girl’ white shirt, Fifi answered some styling questions along the way. You can check out the full tour and interview here at ‘Good Day Girl

So, how does Fifi feel about shoes?…

“Shoes maketh the outfit is my motto. My number one rule? Put on shoes before you decide what to wear.  Even in the fitting room I make everyone try on shoes and then decide if the outfit is right. Because when do you go out in bare feet? Never!”

Fifi, we couldn’t agree more!

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Choosing winter boots!
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Inspecting the attention to detail on Repetto’s ‘Come’ boot in navy
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Repettos ‘Come’ Bootie in navy
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The perfect match! Fifi has chosen Repetto’s ‘Cheri’ heel in grey
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For more on Fifi’s tour of Queen Street check out The Fifi Report here

Photographer: Dean Tirkot @deantirkot

Wearing: Good Day Girl @gooddaygirlloves
Featuring: Fifi Milne @fifireport

Walk this way with DVF

Walk this way with new collection heels from Diane von Furstenberg, DVF.

This season, the DVF summer collection makes us think cocktail bars, long warm nights and hot dates. The new collection celebrates a luxurious blend of glam golds, sultry lace, bold reds and geometric heels.

The ‘Berlin’ court is first on our wish list. On an 80mm heel this lusciously laced shoe is the meeting place for sexy and sophisticated. Wear ‘Berlin’ with a little black dress, crop tailored pants or a full midi-skirt.

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‘Berlin’ in black lace
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Our next fave has to be the ‘Selah’ sandal! The criss-cross straps hug the foot insuring you feel secure and the 90mm block heel gives confidence to your stride! Wear ‘Selah’ with tailored black shorts, or a cocktail shift dress.

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‘Selah’ heel in black and gold
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For the brave and the bold, we love the ‘Myriam’ heel in red suede. Not for the feint hearted, this stunning 100mm heel is confidence in a shoebox! Team ‘Myiram’ with a bold red lip for the ultimate effect!

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‘Myriam’ in red suede
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Lastly, we have this little champagne number. It is ‘Berlin’ in gold snake. On an 80mm heel, ‘Berlin’ is the perfect way to lighten the mood. Wear with a little black dress, pop the champagne and dance the night away !

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‘Berlin’ heel in gold snake
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Shop all new DVF shoes here or visit us at the boutique x

All clothing found at dvf.com.

For the classic pump, celebrities choose Rupert Sanderson!

For the classic pump, celebrities choose Rupert Sanderson! One pair of heels for so many looks, here we show you how to wear your pumps like a celebrity.

The pointy-toe pump is a classic, all occasion heel that never goes out of style. A single pair of Rupert Sanderson pumps can take you absolutely anywhere. We take inspiration from these celebrities who were spotted wearing Rupert Sanderson.

Cate Blanchette, for example, shows us elegance at its finest. For a black-tie event, opt for a classic black pointy-toe pump in a smooth nappa to adorn a chic all black outfit.

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Rupert Sanderson ‘Malory’ pump in black calf.
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Cate Blanchette. Photo courtesy of Rupert Sanderson.

For something a little more relaxed, like casual Friday’s or a night at a show, the pointy pump is the perfect way to sharpen your look. Try your fave pair of skinny jeans with a classic shirt or tee. Add a blazer, just as Julia Roberts has done, for a polished look. Same shoes, new look!

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Julie Roberts. Photo courtesy of Rupert Sanderson.
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Weekends are full of day time events, like weddings, christenings, engagements and lunch with friends. Pair your pumps with a dress for a fun and festive look.

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Gwenyth Paltrow. Photo courtesy of Rupert Sanderson.
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Natalie Dormer. Photo courtesy of Rupert Sanderson.

If you find black to dramatic or harsh on you, try a french navy pump instead, as Carolyn Murphy has done here.

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Rupert Sanderson ‘Nada’ in twilight navy metallic
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Carolyn Murphy. Photo courtesy of Pinterest.

Prefer a flat to a heel!? Rupert Sanderson has you covered! Wear the ‘Jocose‘ pointy flat to polish off your chosen outfit. Tres chic!

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You can shop all new collection Rupert Sanderson here and in store x