starting your own label. When I design I always tend to have a girl in mind. Who is yours?
SW: I would say [American actress] Zooey Deschanel because her style is ladylike but fun.
NK: Yes, I love her! And how should a woman feel when she puts on a pair of Sophia Webster shoes?
SW: Confident and... [pauses]
NK: You want them to feel...sexy!
SW: Yes, sexy and empowered!
NK: So what was the thinking behind your first collection?
SW: I‘ve referenced a lot of things I love – bows, beads, flamingos and my favorite color, pink! I was also inspired by the pastel shades people paint their houses in Brazil – it's all really energetic and vibrant.
NK: Are you happy with the result?
SW: I'm thrilled – different pieces will appeal to different facets of a woman's personality, which is important to me.
NK: And Sophia, do you have a big shoe wardrobe?
SW: It‘s more of a shoe room. I actually need a shoe house now. I'm like the modern-day Imelda Marcos!
NK: And which pair would you save in a fire?
SW: I have a pair of Nicholas Kirkwoods...
NK: Really? I'm honored!
SW: Yes, a pair of hot-pink sandals from spring/summer 2009 – they are my favorite shoes in the world.
NK: So, do you get dressed from the feet upwards?
SW: Yes, especially if I‘m going somewhere nice in the evening; I'll match my outfit to my shoes.
NK: And what's your next step in world domination?
SW: I've been making a few clutch and bag prototypes, but for now I'm just really excited to see everything come together and to keep discovering what the Sophia Webster woman loves.
“Different pieces will appeal to different facets of a woman’s personality, which is important to me”
Flamingos and pastel shades informed Sophia's first collection
Sketches and moodboards sit alongside the finished productcreditsPhotographs: Philip Sinden