Like a Parisian: effortless shopping on the go

6.00am

If time were a garment it would be a Mary Quant – too short! But it’s not my style to complain and it’s too early to be philosophical. I leap out of bed like a gazelle - positive karma - and make a dash for the bathroom.

6.20am

It’s a busy day ahead with back-to-back meetings and I’m already behind schedule by 3 hours. I don’t think I will ever get used to this pace of life!  

6.30am

“What should I wear?” I have an important lunch with our lead client today so I’ll have to dress for success. But my wardrobe is looking so tired.  If only there was time in the day to browse Harvey Nichols.

6.35am

Thankfully, I have my fail-safe killer outfit to hand; crepe satin trousers and silk blouse with my Louise Black Pumps, to add that je ne sais quoi!  

6.45am

It’s a 10-minute walk to the station and my train leaves in 7.  Time to put these heels to the test as I gallop ambitiously down the road.  

7.30am

I arrive at my towering office clutching a lukewarm cappuccino.  It occurred to me on my journey to work that I have a charity event on the weekend and my battered ballet flats just won’t cut the mustard.  Perhaps it’s because I have a shoe crush on the Gigi Nude – Pink perfection!  

7.40am

Thankfully, I have 5 minutes before my first meeting to drop House of Spring a line to check if they have the Gigi Nude in my size… Fingers crossed.

9.00am

I get back to my desk and I have an email reply from the HOS team in my inbox.  What efficiency!  They have the shoes in my size and one of their stylists will hand deliver them to my office tomorrow – Oh la la!  Now that’s what I call service.

Next day …

1.30pm

I find the HOS stylist sitting patiently in our reception with an effortless elegance.  I try on the shoes and it’s love at first sight.  Not one to compromise on quality I am pleasantly surprised to find style, comfort and fine craftsmanship in one.  

1.40pm

I totter around the room for a bit whilst the HOS stylist reels off various outfit suggestions which will compliment these soft suede beauties and a few minutes later my credit card has been swiped and I’m the proud owner of these chic new brogues.

1.50pm

I get back to my desk and I’m on a high as I show off my new shoes to my team. I still have time to prepare for my next meeting!   

SHOES AND THE CITY - HOUSE OF SPRING

Scarlett Josse x House of Spring When Art Meets Fashion

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The House of Spring team love to share moments with talented, inspirational and beautiful souls whose work and personalities align with our values.

We recently had the pleasure of working with Scarlett Josse who shares our passion for the Paris meets London lifestyle. Scarlett is a London based illustrator and editor of the illustrated fashion & travel blog Fashion Climate. She has also worked with Fenwick.

We adore the stunning watercolours she has designed for our website which create a sense of calm and playful romanticism in an otherwise hectic day.

The HOS team caught up with Scarlett to learn more about what inspires her and why she loves the Parisian style.

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How would you describe yourself in 5 words?
This is such a hard question to answer but I would say creative, silly, funny, determined and ridiculously romantic.

How would you define your artistic style?
My work has been called romantic, whimsical, different and cute. I'm pretty happy with those descriptions!

What inspires your work?
It's sort of awful yet understandable but Instagram is a huge inspiration for me. However this is along with all the other inspiration cliches like books, art galleries, museums and the age-old travel.

What interests you about collaborating with House of Spring?
Like most English women I have an insane obsession with wanting to be French. So when I discovered House of Spring on Instagram, I instantly fell in love with the beautiful shoes and the coming together of my two favourite cities.

What is your favourite style of shoe in our collection? 
It has to be the Portobello Bow Loafers yet they are closely followed by the Vivi Sandals. Chic and chic again!

As you know our shoes are inspired by the mix of Parisian and London style. What do you love most about the Parisian look and the London one?
The Parisian look is that effortless, borderline just got out of bed, sexy style that I and I think every woman secretly wants. London's style is definitely more known for its individuality, and that's something attainable by all just by being true to yourself and not listening to what’s 'in' this season.

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Competition Time with Enbrogue x House of Spring

A little bit of feel-good factor with the fashion editor Hannah Rochell from Enbrogue.com

To celebrate the party season we've teamed up with our favourite blogger to have the chance to win a pair of our iconic flat shoes!

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Hannah has something to tell you..

It's party season! Which is great but...if, like me, you don't wear heels, it can be a nightmare to find the right footwear. Luckily I've teamed up with House of Spring to give away one pair of their totally gorgeous snazzy flats - the ideal shoes to get you through the office party, dancing, Christmas AND New Year. The best bit? They’re incredibly comfortable, so you’ll be able to run to catch the train AND be the last one on the dance floor at the end of the night. Brilliant.

Whether it's the masculine-meets-feminine vibes of the Sloane lace-up derbies, the tres chic bows or leopard print of the Portobello loafers, or the glitter-tastic Paname loafers, there's something for everyone. All look great teamed with everything from your classic LBD to a tuxedo to jeans and a statement sweatshirt. Which means they’ll see you far beyond party season into to your everyday life too. What’s not to love about that?

To find out how to win a pair head over to my blog - EnBrogue.com - where you'll find all the details. It's really easy! You just have to have an Instagram account. But you only have until midnight on Friday December 2nd to enter, so don't hang about!

Excited news for the London Fashion Week

We are excited to present our latest collections at a number of key events in London throughout September.

As part of the buzz around London Fashion Week, we will be hosting a Pop Up Shop in Mayfair, between 12th – 18th September at ‪90 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NF.

Showcasing our new range of wearable and desirable shoes for the modern woman, customers can view our beautiful collection of flats and elegant heels. Quality and craftsmanship are at the heart of House of Spring’s philosophy. All the shoes are designed in London but are made by craftsmen in Portugal using the finest quality leathers and materials.

On 14th September we will be holding an exclusive press launch to officially unveil the new AW16 collection in the Pop Up Shop between 6pm – 9pm.  Press will be able to see all the latest styles and have the opportunity to meet the brand’s founder.

At the end of September, we will be popping up again with a stand at the prestigious shopping event - London Fashion Weekend - at the Saatchi Gallery, Chelsea from 22nd – 25th September.  

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Mademoiselle Collection

Our debut collection for AW16 is entitled ‘Mademoiselle’ and combines the effortless elegance of French style with London’s bold and playful character.

The Mademoiselle collection is inspired by icon Gabrielle ‘Coco’ Chanel and the vibe is sexy and confident with a tomboy twist - a recurring theme that runs throughout the entire collection.

Each shoe style, whilst classic in shape, has its own distinctive personality. You can choose from an array of chic brogues and stiletto heels, ideal for both a working and weekend wardrobe. Highlights include the Vendôme Gold in black calf leather flecked with gold, the striking Louise pumps with a flash of blue glitter and the Sloane Derby in navy kid suede with contrasting side panels in gold glitter.

Quality and craftsmanship are at the heart of our philosophy. All the shoes are designed in London but are made by craftsmen in Portugal using the finest quality leathers and materials. We ensure you don’t have to compromise on comfort or style this Autumn with our collection of flats and elegant heels.

Discover here our Mademoiselle collection

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Shoes Made in Portugal

Smooth leathers, traditional craftsmanship, contemporary design, thoughtful details: this is what House of Spring shoes are made of.

And, they are all manufactured by the experienced hands of a family run factory in Porto, Portugal.

Have you ever wondered what the arising “Made in Portugal” label stands for? We’ll give you an answer!

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The Portuguese shoe industry is having a meteoric growth, as reported by The Business of Fashion.

We’ve hopped on the bandwagon captivated by attractive low labour costs and small-scale factories and, even more, by the trustworthy and honest craftsmanship tradition of local qualified artisans.

The new generation of craftspeople strives for providing you the highest manufacturing quality that is making the well-known Made in Italy and France tremble. 

From the selection of the finest skins to the shaping of elegant and unique aesthetics,  our shoes are the luxury masterpiece of a family manufacturing tradition.

In patent leather or suede enriched by glossy or glittered fabrics, the effortless Parisian style and the vibrant London mood meets the warm Portugal touch to give you a timeless shoe experience.

Dress like a Parisian: Paris street style

Everyone knows that Paris is the world fashion’s capital but not everyone knows that it’s off the catwalks that you get the best style inspiration.

We’ve sneaked into Paris street-style history to spot the outfits which will dress you like a Parisian. The fashion secret? Keep it simple, play with texture and shapes.

See down here how to recreate Paris standouts’ iconic outfits.

 

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Here, a casual-chic outfit worn by Audrey Hepburn in a picturesque Montmartre. You can actually spot the Sacre Coeur on the background ;)

The Funny Face’s (1957) outfit is ideal for who loves sticking to relaxed fits and don’t dare too much. A total-black combination, of a turtleneck sweater and flat leather shoes, is enriched by a classic tan trench coat.

Keep the outfit fresh wearing an old fisherman-style raincoat, as Audrey’s, and House of Spring’s Portobello Bow Loafers, in black patent leather.

The lesson here: stick to neutrals, embrace flats.

 

Laetitia Casta

Laetitia Casta makes a statement of a simple and iconic little black dress wearing a white middle-length blazer on the top. No accessories needed, the “effortless” look is completed by a pair of stiletto.

Edit the look combining a little white dress with our daring pumps in black suede or, for an eccentric touch, our oceanic blue pumps.

The lesson here: Don’t overload your ensemble with too many pieces

 

Blake Lively

Belle de jour is Blake Lively in her bright green outfit walking along La Seine.

The summer wardrobe staple, a straw bag and hat, is revitalised by an ankle-length dress in loud hues.

Make an American in Paris’ look more metropolitan combining a snake leather effect clutch bag with our Riad sandals in tan calf leather

The lesson here: Look chic yet nonchalant

Plan your trip: City guide in Paris and London

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Ever wanted to visit fashion's most important cities?

Summer is the best time. Do pack your oversized bag and follow our city guide for fashion pilgrims.

After all, Paris and London have lot in common. They’ve not only inspired House of Spring shoes collections, they’re not only connected through the Euro tunnel but,also, they’re the secretly desired destination by many fashion addicted.

PARIS

Famously known as the fashion capital of the world, Paris has long been a synonym of style, beauty and sophistication.

It’s hard to get there and not filling your wardrobe with some oh-so-stylish French pieces.

If you can’t afford the glittering hush of Avenue Montaigne, Paris offers some spots where you can still find genuine bargains. Le Marais district is the answer for affordable boutiques and new designer brands. And, if you fancy watching a fashion show, Galeries LaFayette host free of them every Friday during the spring.

End the shopping tour sunbathing on along the Seine with a glass of wine and a macaroons box. 

 

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LONDON

London showcases eclectic brands and offers shopping alternatives for all the budgets.

If you love to discover unique designer brands, a stroll down Brick Lane or Portobello market is a must-to-do. Here, you can find gems at a bargain price.

And, you might wear our loafers to fit the neighbourhood style.

If you want to know the latest fashion trends, you might be lucky in attending a free talk or workshop at the several London fashion colleges.

And to finish the day in style, go to the Heron Tower rooftop to discover a wonderful view of London.

Discover here our collection

5 Facts about women and their obsession with shoes

Maybe it’s one of the oldest stereotypes but, it’s bloody true that women love shopping! And, when it comes to shoes, women really have an insatiable appetite.

Heels,flats,sandals,boots, loafers …they just want to collect tons of them!

Why? Here we go five facts that will clear up your mind.

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1. THE CARRIE BRADSHAW EFFECT 

"Carrie's answering machine: I'm not home, but my shoes are. Leave them a message.

Sex and the City’s Carrie Bradshaw really led a shoe revolution. Who’s never dreamt to have Carrie’s shoes closet?

Wherever you are, a pair of stiletto makes you feel as Carrie doing shopping in the Parisian Avenue Montaigne looking for the next pair of high heels. And, your heart might end up racing for our chic and bold Honoré pumps.

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2. HAPPY FEET, HAPPY MIND 

It is scientifically proven that buying shoes makes women feel happier. Now, imagine to be sat on your comfy sofa, browsing our whole collection and… suddenly… dreaming to walk along the French Riviera with our blue ocean Saint Tropez collection.

It’s like all your problems have disappeared, isn't it?! …This is the magic that shoes create and it’s for that we all want as many as we can.

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3. MORE SHOES, MORE POWER 

We’re sure you all know the sensation of feeling more self confident and more powerful when wearing THE good pair of high heels. That good pair which makes even a simple pair of skinny jeans look more sophisticated. Just as our Azur sandals! The T-bar shape and thin heels, suddenly, make you taller, thinner and shapelier. That’s why only one pair of high heels isn't enough.

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4. PLAY MORE WITH MORE SHOES 

At every age, every woman plays with shoes in a way that she doesn't play with other parts of her wardrobe. It’s because shoes are the physical manifestation of freedom. They are seen as an innocent sin, a little escape from every woman’s ordinary life.

Just imagine the eccentricity that our Paname loafers, in glittered fabric, will bring to a daily total-black outfit.

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5. MORE QUALITY WITH MORE SHOES 

Buying shoes is a deep experience. You know that you’re not only buying something you need to walk with. They’re the ultimate statement of craft and wearable art.

Ours, from the raw leather till the moment in which they take sculptural shapes in a Portuguese family-run factory, they’re Made with Love.

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Spotlight on Sandals

Time to wear your sandals ladies! Summertime is here! 

House of spring has updated the classic look of the ideal summer shoes with a contemporary flair and sophisticated details
Flat or heel, in black calf leather or in a tanned shade…this is everything you need to bring, wherever your holidays will take you, that Parisian elegant twist.
Check out our comprehensive guide to how to wear the breathable shoes of the season.

HOW TO WEAR GUIDE

For the youngest and most sophisticated shoeaholic, our flat sandals have been thought to show the new summer nail polishes. Juicy red and oceanic blue are the shades that are calling for you.

Wear an off-the-shoulder dress of the same colour for an impactful look.

…And for the evening? Just add a minimal black ribbons choker that will fit with that pretty ankle bow.

Black sandals summer shoes

Discover here the Vivi sandals

For those who do not renounce to a daring outfit on holidays either, T-bar sandals can be easily worn with a no-brainer jumpsuit that elegantly reveals your ankle. Our must-have Azur sandals in nude patent leather offer a chic alternative. And, you can play even more wearing a pair of cat eye sunglasses and a Panama hat.

The flawless outfit that will lead you from reading a book next to a swimming pool to having dinner in the newest restaurant in the Côte D’Azur.

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Discover here the Azur sandals

How to act like a Parisian?

This is how Chloe, a Parisian career woman working in the City, confessed us to face her busy daily agenda making any outfit work with one pair of shoes.

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7:00 AM

Though a Parisian girl is always open to new challenges, I would never get used to this early alarm.

7:10 AM

My busy day schedule pushes me out of bed: a business breakfast and a team-building lunch with my new colleagues are waiting for me in the City. Afterwards, I won’t miss the weekly yoga class with my bestie and a romantic dinner with my fiancé.

7.30 AM

“What to wear?” I wonder when drying my hair after a cool “wake up” shower.

I’ll opt for my versatile black tailleur which elegantly matches with that bow neck blouse. After all, being a Parisian means keeping evergreen key pieces in your wardrobe and never getting tired of them.

8:00 AM

Ready to go. Actually not!

My outfit isn't completed without my Azur T-bar sandals in soft tan suede. I love that fringe on the back that will add a bohemian and dynamic touch also to the simplest outfits.

9:30 AM

Heading to have an ambitious breakfast, the new investors seem to be marathon runners. Luckily, my House of Spring high-heels support my Parisian feminist spirit in walking as fast as them.

1.30 PM

I’m extremely glad that the attention caught by my sandals makes the conversation during the lunch break easier.

4:00 PM

A call from those “marathon runners” investors has just made my day. Another business deal is done! I’ve to thank my comfy shoes if they didn't see me walking as a hobbling hunch-back.

5:00 PM

Time to clock out. And, because a real Parisian girl believes that you shouldn’t refrain from things that please you, in only forty minutes I’ll get to the gym 

7.00 PM

On the way back from a patisserie (…Yes, I had to get a tarte tatin for my boyfriend!) my shopaholic spirit is intrigued by a new boutique in Kings Road.

7.20 PM

Few minutes for handing over my credit card and getting a new pair of boyfriend jeans. Oops …I might be a little late.

7:50 PM

Avoiding to slip on a wet floor and making fall my tarte tatin upside down (…Bloody rain!), I’ve finally got home.

8:00 PM

Not enough time to decide what to wear. I’ll go for the new pair of jeans. In the end, Parisians do believe that to be sexy there is not need to show too much.

8.20 PM

Ready for my romantic dinner, I’m surprised of how my T-bar sandals add some chic to my boyfriend jeans.

And,somehow, after the crazy day I’ve had, my feet aren’t the least bit sore.

Everything you need to do now is following Chloe’s Parisian tips to seize your day and wearing House of Spring shoes to not make a killer of your high-heeled life.

Discover here the Azur Fringe

The 4 best summer shoes

Summer has officially started, and you’re struggling get through it in a stylish way? Don’t worry! Our editor’s picks will bring you a killer wardrobe in order to find the style that best suits you for the most loved season.

The Flat Sandals

Vacation time is coming and the best idea to make your packing adventure easier is to bring with you loads of flat sandals. They don't take much room in your suitcase and they can be easily worn anywhere.

Stylish, chic and quirky: our flat sandals are made in Portugal in calf leather that is so smooth that will cuddle your feet even in the hottest days on a Mediterranean beach and in the longest walks visiting a capital city. 

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T-bar Sandals

T-bar sandals are a style trick for creating the illusion of longer legs. Ours, made of nude leather, will be even more effective in doing that.

Refresh your 2016 summer wardrobe with our Azur sandals crafted in Porto. They are not only versatile and easy to wear with Capri pants for a daytime gathering and a mini dress for after hours fun in the sunset, but they will also give your legs some quality time. 

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Stiletto Pumps

Worn since the end of the 19th century, the timeless and feminine stiletto heel will elevate your warm-weather look. From when you're heading to the office till when you're clocking out, our chic pointy-toe pumps, in goat suede and calf leather, are all you need to keep up with you busy daily agenda.

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Summer Loafers

When the temperature heats up everyone is tempted to wave goodbye to closed-toe shoes. However, our Paname and Portobello loafers look chic all year round. Our loafers are meant to be classic, smart and wearable without thinking too much.

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Getting in the Spirit of Summer with House of Spring

In the amazing location of Kensington Olympia in London, House of Spring made people fall into a Parisian chic universe for the 8th edition of the Spirit of Summer Fair.

We were there to suggest the 2016 summer must-have shoes to kick off the summer start with the right beat.

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For the modern women looking for everyday but stylish shoes, our flat leather sandals and versatile loafers were an irresistible temptation.

Discover here our flats

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We didn’t forget our heel lovers. For you, we included our T-bar sandals and stiletto heel pumps in a stunning blue ocean colour and nude leather. They will make tan skins stand out in the grey London days.

Discover here our pumps and sandals

 

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How to wear loafers?

Loafers seem to be shining brighter than ever in 2016, proving to be a trend with serious staying power. Loafers are both cool and comfortable.

The lovely blogger Fran from the Fashion Lift brought her own sartorial style to her favourite flats with a bold yellow coat and a pair of slim jeans. Summer is around the corner!

Discover here the Loafers Collection

Fran is wearing the Portobello bow, have a look! 

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April Capsule: The Iconics

April Capsule: The Iconics

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The Iconics collection offers different shades of loafers to suit every occasion.

These timeless and elegant loafers are called Portobello in honour of the vibrant street of Notting Hill.

Leopard pony, glossy patent, fine matt leather, gros grain bow… The luxurious Iconics collection will fill you with wonder.

Discover here the Iconics April Capsule

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A new collaboration: House of Spring X London Fashion Weekend

A new collaboration: House of Spring X London Fashion Weekend

London Fashion Weekend continues to discover British talent for its upcoming event, at the Saatchi Gallery on 25-28 February, and this time, the Parisian and London spirit of House of Spring shoes seduced them.

At this event the visitors will be able to explore the life of a fashion insider, shop for the best designer collections and speak to industry experts about their experience and journey, amongst other things.

House of Spring is pleased to introduce its chic and playful world at this prestigious event.

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The Parisian Fantasy... Her Style

The Parisian Fantasy... Her Style

We always want to copy her style and her « je ne sais quoi », but the Parisian girl has some essentials rules you will need to follow.

What you will find in her closet:
- A beautiful designer bag. She tends to stick with black but always has fun with texture and details.
- An amazing pair of shoes that match the French chic with the London style. House of Spring shoes will do the trick.
- Black, white and grey. And maybe nude.
- A blazer that can go with any outfit.

What you will never find for sure:
- Sky high pumps. Never comfortable and always over stated.
- Running shoes. The only trainers tolerated are Adidas Original and fluorescent Nike.
- Logos. You are not an advert on Times Square.
- Sweatpants. Except for your gym club – and even then, leggings are recommended. 

To sum up, her favorite outfit is a Burberry trench on a Dior oversized white shirt with a pair of skinny black jeans. And of course a lovely pair of flat shoes to run errands in Paris.

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