Charlotte Olympia

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Charlotte Olympia
Industry Shoes and accessories
Founded 2008 (2008) in London, England
Founder Charlotte Olympia Dellal
Area served
Global
Website us.charlotteolympia.com

Charlotte Olympia is a British luxury shoe and accessories brand founded by Charlotte Olympia Dellal in 2008.[1]

History[edit]

Dellal launched her eponymous label after graduating from the London College of Fashion's Cordwainer's footwear design course.[1] Although she wanted to design from a young age, it was during her foundation year that she discovered she wanted to specialise in footwear.[2] Her first footwear collection was presented during London Fashion Week in February 2008.[3] In 2010, Charlotte Olympia opened its first store on Maddox Street in London,[1] followed by a second in 2011 on East 65th Street in New York City,[4] and another on Rodeo Drive, Los Angeles in July 2013[5] In 2014, the brand opened three additional stores: in Miami,[6] Hong Kong,[7] and Dubai.[8] In 2015, Charlotte Olympia opened 4 further stores in South Coast Plaza in California, The Forum Shops at Caesars in Las Vegas, The Emporium Shopping Complex in Bangkok and a second store in London in Brompton Cross.[9]

The Brand[edit]

Charlotte Olympia designs are influenced by classical Hollywood cinema glamour, pin-ups and movie stars from the 1940s and 50s. Her design philosophy is to create luxurious, feminine shoes and accessories with a sense of humour.[2]

The brand has become known for the "island" platform Dolly pump, the Kitty flat and perspex Pandora clutch box.[10] All shoes and accessories are handcrafted in Italy.

Although primarily focused on footwear and accessories for women, the label also produces a collection for little girls called 'Incy'[11] and the Tom Cat smoking slipper for men. Charlotte Olympia produces four seasonal collections a year, and maintains six different permanent collections including 'Encore' featuring signature classics, 'Runaway Bride', 'To Dye For' red carpet shoes,[12] 'Cosmic', 'Incy', 'Tailor Made' bespoke service,[10] '9 till 5' and the most recently launched leather handbags.

Awards[edit]

  • 2008:
  • 2010:
  • Footwear News Achievement Awards, Emerging Designer of the Year
  • 2011:
  • 2012:
  • Glamour Women of the Year, Accessory Designer of the Year
  • Footwear News Achievement Awards, Designer of the Year
  • WGSN Global Fashion Awards, Footwear and Accessories Designer Award
  • 2014
  • Marie Claire Spain Prix de la Moda Awards, Accessory Designer of the Year
  • 2015:

Designer biography[edit]

Charlotte Olympia Dellal was born in 1981 in Cape Town, South Africa,[13] to Brazilian model Andréa de Magalhães Vieira and British property developer Guy Dellal.[14] Her sister is the model Alice Dellal.[15]

Charlotte attended Bedales School, Hampshire.[13] At the age of eighteen she left to complete a foundation course at the London College of Fashion before graduating from Cordwainers with a degree in product development.[13] She launched her London based shoe and accessory brand in 2008.

She lives in London with her husband, Maxim Crewe (m.2010) and three children.[14]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Mistry, Meenal. "Charlotte Olympia Dellal, Shoe Queen". Wall Street Journal Online. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b Alexander, Ella. "Charlotte Olympia's Recipe For Success". Vogue News. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  3. ^ "Charlotte Olympia Dellal". Business of Fashion. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  4. ^ Murrow, Lauren. "The New Step Class". New York Magazine. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Moore, Booth. "Charlotte Olympia Boutique Opens Today in Beverly Hills.". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  6. ^ Cordle, Ina Paiva. "Charlotte Olympia opens store at Bal Harbour shops". Miami Herald. 3 June 2014.
  7. ^ Harilela, Divia. "Charlotte Olympia Boutique brings stylish new shoes to Hong Kong". South China Morning Post. 3 June 2014.
  8. ^ Khouy, Stephanie. "Charlotte Olympia Boutique Opens in the Middle East". style.com/arabia. Retrieved 22 October 2014. 
  9. ^ Henning, Kristen. "Charlotte Olympia to Open Four New Stores in 2015". Footwear News. Retrieved September 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ a b De Rosée, Sophie. "The Perfect: Charlotte Olympia Tailor Made Shoes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  11. ^ Karmali, Sarah. "Charlotte Olympia Takes Baby Steps". Vogue. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  12. ^ Peppers, Margot. "Move Over Christian Louboutin! Julianne Moore, Jessica Chastain, and Sophia Vergara prove Charlotte Olympia is the new It shoe on the red carpet". Daily Mail. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  13. ^ a b c "Charlotte Olympia Dellal". The Business of Fashion. Retrieved 8 September 2014. 
  14. ^ a b Blasberg, Derek. "Personal Style: Charlotte Olympia Dellal". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  15. ^ Fisher, Alice (9 November 2014). "Charlotte Dellal: ‘I named my bag collection after men, as I’d rather have a man on my arm’". The Observer. Guardian News and Media Limited. Retrieved 20 August 2015. 

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