Established in 2008, Rachel Simpson is now widely acknowledged as the home of vintage style wedding shoes. Born of a passion for the craft of shoe making, Rachel’s original ethos is central to the collection, combining elegant design and the finest materials with a versatile wearability and unmistakeable comfort. It is their unique design and distinctive style which make Rachel Simpson shoes so recognisable.
Now stocked in over eighty independent retailers across twelve countries worldwide, the brand continues to lead the way in originally designed, unique wedding shoes. Whilst its core vintage inspiration remains, the collection increasingly includes more directional styles which still maintain the brand’s original ethos of understated, elegant design.
The company is based just outside Birmingham city centre, where it has a dedicated showroom containing the entire Rachel Simpson collection.
Before launching her own name label in 2008, Rachel spent several years designing for the suppliers to a number of high street footwear brands. It is this commercial approach she brings to her designs, combining it with her love of vintage to create beautiful, wearable shoes. From the thoughtfully designed cut of the shoe to the carefully selected heel heights, each pair is as comfortable as it is beautiful.
After graduating with a degree in Footwear Design from Leicester’s De Montfort University in 2002, Rachel set up her own business creating bespoke commissions, which were predominantly for wedding shoes. These were brought to life in her workshop at the bottom of the garden, where she handmade every pair. At the same time, Rachel worked as a freelance designer to the high street, which developed her understanding of commercial trends and branding.
It was the combination of these two elements that started the Rachel Simpson label- a gap in the market for uniquely designed yet affordable, wearable wedding shoes. This further grew with the launch of sister brand, agnes & norman in 2012 (named after Rachel’s grandparents)- maintaining the brand’s vintage styling but bringing it to the fashion market. Nearly ten years later the company has certainly grown, but the central ethos remains the same- a passion for shoe making and original design.