Caroline Groves is one of the few in the world, a traditional bespoke shoe and bag maker. With over 25 years of leather working experience her creative talent crosses the boundaries between craftsmanship, fashion, art and fantasy.

Her self named label was set-up in 2003 and has since built up an international following of clients who are both fashion forward women with established creatives – authors and artists alike.

Caroline’s original interest was in leather and she collaborated with a saddler until meeting a shoemaker in 1988 with whom she trained for a number of years. However, Caroline realised she wanted to work more on design, style and use beautiful materials this led to her starting her own company.

Caroline’s inspirations come from her Arts and Crafts heritage (her great-grandfather was one of the 150 crafts people that brought the Guild of Handicraft to Chipping Campden in 1902 under C.R. Ashbee) and interest in period costume. Her work is all about curves and she is very interested in the sculptural elements of shoemaking and design. In 2009 she was invited to become a Freeman with the Worshipful Company of Cordwainers.

Caroline divides her time between the Cotswolds and London.

Yummy – except I haven’t worn black since 1951, nor high heels since ’58. I can see why those who can, do!

June Swann MBE

British footwear historian, formerly the Keeper of the Boot and Shoe Collection at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery