International investment banker turned luxury shoemaker, Aimée Ann Louise Homer is turning heads for all the right reasons
Congratulations on the launch of Aimée Ann Lou — what are your plans for the GCC market debut?
Thank you! We debuted in London after an incredible explorative journey across Italy encompassing research, design and building the right team. Now we are launching in the GCC market which, having spent more than a decade here, is very important to me. My tastes and aesthetic preferences have been influenced by time spent in the Middle East and I can’t wait to contribute to the region’s visual culture with my own efforts in footwear.
What were your inspirations?
I travelled a lot as an investment banker, and became frustrated that my footwear didn’t seem to be able to keep pace. Dashing between meetings I constantly wondered why men should enjoy elegance at ease in their masculine loafers, but women didn’t have that luxury. I’m also a firm believer that whatever one puts into the world should hold value and be progressive. As such, all my collections are entirely handmade by artisans in Italy using materials that are sustainable, eco-conscious or recycled. Our shoes turn heads for all the right reasons, they boost your confidence, take you glamorously from day to night and free the wearer from the exhausted, disfigured feet that often come with high heels.
What makes your collections unique?
We craft thoughtful designs that are elegant, glamorous and highly functional. For me, the combination of eco-friendly designs and processes, attention to detail, high-quality materials and handwork as well as long-term vision equate to real luxury.
What sort of woman do you see wearing your shoes?
Regardless of her age or occupation, a few things unite the Aimée Ann Lou wearer — an appreciation for fine and clean living, quality, head-turning elegance and exceptionality. Shop now