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Playful and fresh - The Botany Collection...

Posted on April 04, 2017

COMING SOON!! Our collection “Botany” is on its way and will be launching very, very soon, our third and most patterned range so far!  Available to preorder the Botany range is inspired by the beautiful tiles and mosaics inside the majestic Alhambra Palace and the patterns and vibrancy of mosaics found all around the cities of Marrakesh and Istanbul. 

The delicate flower print that runs through all three of these new styles has the symmetry of a mosaic tile and is playful and fresh when it’s combined with the shiny, patent toes. Of course we've kept our signature style and the comfort.  

This collection is expected to land Mid April, but for now here’s a little inspiration behind the new collection….

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Takeover Tuesday with @mancmamas

Posted on March 21, 2017

As we type this Taylor Blake are currently taking over @mancmamas Instagram feed to tell their lovely followers all about the people behind our shoes.  But if you have missed out on all the action - fear not!  Here is the blog post that we wrote just for them....

#TAKEOVERTUESDAY: INTRODUCING TAYLOR BLAKE                              

Hi there, we are Emily (R) and Tracey (L) the duo that make up Taylor Blake a British shoe brand specialising in ballet flats based here in Stockport. 

We are two #mancmamas who, after having successful careers in Industry, felt that we needed a new challenge and a more flexible career after having our kids.  We launched our website, www.lovetaylorblake.com in June 2015, selling our beautiful shoes directly online and promoting ourselves through @lovetaylorblake on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.…

  

The last 18 months have been a bit of a whirlwind for us that culminated last month when Emily was nominated for Designer of the year at the prestigious Footwear Industry Awards.  This is a massive accolade even to be a finalist as we were up against big brands such as Clarks and Skechers etc and just a few months ago we also reached the finals of the British Fashion Start Up awards.  

So how did we begin? 

It was during a very noisy play date, with all four of our kids, drinking cold coffee and having a hundred half finished conversations that we discussed the possibility, the hope, that we could make our own future. We could break away from our then only options of full time work/kids in childcare or Stay at home mum…

We could pool our talents and work for ourselves.  With a friendship that spans over 16 years, we had complete faith in working together.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We decided that we would love to create a ballet flat range.  We’d always been a fan of ballerina styles and since becoming mums we pretty much live in flat, runaround shoes.  We wanted to take the ethos of Doc Martins, Converse, Havianna etc and design one shoe in multiple different colourways, making the focus of our shoes all about the materials.   

Emily has been a footwear designer for 16 years and all the shoes in our collection are designed by her in her loft studio…

Our shoes are hand made in a single, family run factory in Spain and it is there that Emily personally handpicks the leathers and suedes (not always easy from the huge beautiful range on offer!) from European suppliers whilst overseeing all the development and production with our factory.   

Our brief to ourselves has always been we won’t scrimp on quality which is something the high street often demands.  We work on the mantra that quality designs are timeless.  Rose pink suedes, Mulberry snakeskins, emerald green jewels, shimmering gold leathers…our material combinations are designed to make our shoes look unique and our quality outshines fast fashions or throw away styles.   

With Tracey’s background in digital marketing, she was quietly building our website using Shopify technology, honing our branding and developing our tone of voice.  We wanted our brand to be real, to be as if we were chatting to friends. We knew our shoes would be loved from the very first sight so we played on that fact with our URL http://www.lovetaylorblake.com and our handle @lovetaylorblake.   

Our beliefs have been proven right as over 20% of our customers have more than one pair of our shoes and one customer has 7 pairs!! Every shoe on our website has a 5* rating and our social media channels are full of love for our shoes. If you haven’t already joined us, why don’t you pop on over and say hello!

  

We have launched two collections so far – Capture which was inspired by the natural world and Kaleidoscope – our celebration of colour.  Our third collection is due out in the next month and we are really excited to show them to our customers and followers.  They will be just as comfortable, just as glam and perfect for stylish mums.   

Lots of love 

Emily & Tracey xx

 

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Our Happy Mother's Day....

Posted on March 16, 2017
    
    
     
So, it's Mother's Day again and the lucky ones among us will get a cuppa in bed, a kiss from our little ones and a box of chocolates... 

But, is it bad to say that we have been lusting after some beautiful items from many of the independent businesses that we have the pleasure of knowing. Exquisite scarves from Dolce Roopa, delicate handmade jewellery from Victoria Von Stein and divine Amelia Rope chocolate. Absolute Heaven.

If we were in charge of pressie buying for Mother's Day this year, which we're not, but if we were, we'd buy ourselves some of these lovely items...
Soy candle available from theboxof.co.uk
Sleep Mask available from longstafflongstaff.com

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Emily Gets Chatty...

Posted on March 08, 2017

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On the eve of International Womens Day we were invited to present at the fantastic @mancmamas second event, a celebration of women and their working lives in all the different forms, employed, self employed and those due for maternity.  What a fabulous evening it was. From the inspiring talks given by @duckydigital01 @twinsplusonemummy @my_style_edit @naturellyfamily @melanie_j_brooks @emma_heap to all the women who'd come to watch, support and participate. From new mums to third babies, working mums, self employed mums, maternity mums, everybody was there offering friendship and inspiration.

As a speaker I was so proud to be part of such a special evening. Talking about my journey as a young footwear designer, to becoming a mum myself with the many responsibilities this naturally brings whilst juggling a career and the decisions and sacrifices that ultimately led to the start of Taylor Blake. Everybody had a story to tell and the result was an inspiring, heart warming evening with plenty of laughter, a couple of tears and rather a lot of prosecco!  

Well done Manc Mamas AKA Gemma, Lisa and Lynda, you have created something very wonderful!

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An evening of glorious shoes...!!

Posted on February 20, 2017

Well, we didn't win the Footwear Designer of the year 2017, but what an absolutely brilliant achievement for us to be a finalist of the prestigious Footwear Industry Awards - 'The Oscars of the shoe industry'.

We are so proud to have been nominated for the award - especially as it was for the fabulous designs of our shoes.  For any footwear designer, it's a dream to be recognised in this way for your ideas, your vision, your style.  

Of course, our customers already know and love our beautiful ballet flat shoes but it was also great exposure for us to be in front of influential industry professionals and for us to be mentioned in the same sentences as Clarks, Skechers etc.  These brands of course have large budget and resources for marketing and we rely on us two beavering away in our loft studio!!  

We can console ourselves with being able to tell everyone we were a finalist.  And who knows what next year will bring now that we know anything is possible!!

We have finalised the designs for our third shoe collection now too, so we can't wait to show you the latest ballet flats your feet will be in love with...

Tracey and Emily xx

 

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