New York & Los Angeles-based boutique Opening Ceremony is already a favourite with fashion insiders, with a wide-ranging selection of fine labels, cuts and accessories; much like to London’s b Store, but with added vintage finds. Like that Savile Row emporium, their own-brand shoes have become staples with footwear connoisseurs.
And it’s easy to see why. Understatedly simple design, well put together and beautifully finished; they are shoes that are designed to last beyond one season. Originally seen in the post-war US airforce, the classic blue suede shoe has been updated in an electric indigo (Some call it International Klein Blue, some call it Celia Blue), which should by rights pigeonhole them as one-hit wonders, but is striking rather than fashion-victim. They also exist in a clean, desert boot style, and in a darker suede, with a Lanvinesque patent leather toe. Suede isn’t exactly the most practical of materials (just ask Elvis), but when it’s executed this well, frankly, who cares?