Fashion designers draw their inspiration from many different places. But for Sarah Flint's latest collection, it came from her travels to Yorkshire. The celebrity-favorite shoe designer (Meghan Markle is a fan) was taken aback by the estates' stunning interiors in the area and decided to create a new line of footwear that embraced country castle living. And, for the first time, released a house slipper to really highlight the traditional cozy vibe.
In time for the fall/winter season, Sarah Flint is launching a new house shoe with interior trim company Samuel & Sons called the Fireside House Shoe. This plush slipper comes in Navy and Burgundy and features Samuel & Son's signature trim with a custom Pom Rosette on the top. The inside is lined with a cozy shearling to keep your feet warm in the coldest months, while the style is still squarely modern.
"My designs are often inspired by my travels," Flint told me. "I love taking in the architecture, colors, and historic sites of any new place, down to the tiniest details. For my Fall/Winter 2020 Collection, Cozy Yorkshire Interiors, I took much of my inspiration from the centuries-old British estates Newby Hall and Broughton Hall. I'd visited there in 2019 to plan my wedding and absolutely fell in love with all of the vintage furniture, upholstery, and decorative trims."
She added, "This design story led to a really exciting collaboration with Samuel & Sons, a family-owned trimmings company I've long admired for their outstanding craftsmanship. Within that capsule, I created the Fireside House Shoe, because what would a cozy interiors-themed collection be without a cozy house shoe? Crafted in suede and lined in plush shearling, this style features a statement rosette and Palais cord piping from Samuel & Sons' vast selection. I can picture myself wearing these by a crackling fire with a good book, or even at my desk while working from home."
Along with slippers, Flint also created another first that was a nod to both travel and staying home: stationary. She found that during quarantine, she started painting and writing letters again and decided to combine these two passions and create custom stationery. So, the young designer partnered with stationery company Crane & Co. Sarah to create limited-edition sets in two patterns: Bleeding Hearts and Daffodils. Each print comes with cards and matching lined envelopes, and also pays homage to those Yorkshire interiors that inspired the rest of the collection.
This latest collection is yet another evolution of Flint, who first launched the brand in 2013 when she was just 25. Since then, she's been appointed to the CFDA, featured in Forbes "30 Under 30" and "Ten of Tomorrow" in WWD. The classic yet comfortable shoes have also been seen on the feet of the world's most influential celebrities, including Meghan Markle, Amal Clooney, Cindy Crawford, Lady Gaga, Jane Fonda, Karlie Kloss, Emma Watson, and many more.
The Fireside House Shoe will be available on October 27 while the stationary launches on October 6.