Patrick Cox

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Patrick Cox
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Born (1963-03-19) March 19, 1963 (age 52)
Edmonton, Alberta Province, Canada
Nationality Canadian/Naturalised British
Education London College of Fashion (Formerly Cordwainer's Technical College)
Occupation Fashion designer

Major awards:

  • British Accessories Designer of the year, 1994 & 1995
  • British Marie Claire Accessory Designer of the Year, 1996
  • Fashion Medal of Honor by the Footwear Association of New York, 1996.

Patrick Cox

Charles Jourdan

Patrick Cox is a Canadian–British fashion designer and an eponymous fashion label specializing in the creation of shoes, leather goods and accessories. Cox is most noted for the use of unusual materials and a mixture of Avant-garde and traditional styles.

Born 19 March 1963, in Edmonton, Canada, to a ballerina mother and linguist father, Cox was educated locally, except for periods when his father's work led the family to postings in Nigeria, Chad and Cameroon.[1] Cox eventually graduated from school in Edmonton Canada and moved to Toronto on his own when he was 17.

Early career[edit]

At the age of 19, Cox produced his first pair of shoes, for the Toronto-based designer Loucas Kleanthous, who suggested Cox consider a career as a designer.[1] An interest in British fashion led Cox to study at Cordwainer's Technical College, London,[1] a design school that was absorbed into the London College of Fashion in 2000. Cox studied at Cordwainer's from 1983 to 1985.

During his time as a student in London, Cox spent as much time in nightclubs as he did studying.[1] Through his partying Cox became friends with several well-known designers, such as Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano who, at that time, were emerging stars.[1] As a result, in 1984, Westwood asked Cox to design shoes to go with her "Clint Eastwood" collection.[1] One of the shoes that Cox created incorporated a 6-inch platform that would become the prototype of a 9-inch pair later worn by supermodel Naomi Campbell, when she famously fell during a Westwood fashion show in Paris, France in 1993.[1]

Personal life[edit]

Cox used to date Canadian journalist, entrepreneur, and magazine publisher Tyler Brûlé.[1] They split up in 1996.

Working life[edit]

Cox set up his own company designing shoes in 1985, and in 1986 designed the shoes for John Galliano's "Fallen Angels" collection.[1] Subsequently, Cox launched his own Patrick Cox label, adopting the fleur-de-lys logo. Cox continued to work with Galliano for a further six seasons.

In 1991 Cox opened his first shop opposite the Peter Jones department store in Sloane Square, Chelsea, a well-known fashion district of London.[1] In 1993, Cox marketed his first collection designed for the mass market. This diffusion range called "Wannabe" increased the company's annual sales from 2000 to 200,000 pairs.[1] Cox has credited the inception of the Wannabe range to fellow designer Richard James whom had asked Cox to design him a modern loafer.[2]

In 1994, Cox opened his first store in Paris at 62 rue Tiquetonne, followed in 1995 by a second store in London at 129 Sloane Street, a new store in New York and a second store in Paris on rue de Grenelle.[1] During this time, Cox was twice awarded Accessory Designer of the Year at the British Fashion Awards.[1] 1998 saw Cox move his design office and production from the UK to Civitanova, in the Italian Marche, an area known for shoe manufacture.[1]

In 2000, Cox was approached by the fashion house Charles Jourdan, and in January 2003 he was appointed Creative Director, his brief being to rejuvenate the brand.[1] After 2 years of successful collaboration, Cox decided to move on to concentrate on the development of his own label.[3]

In 2008, following business problems that saw the closure of his Chelsea store, Cox was forced to sell his business to self-styled ‘Lord’ Eddie Davenport for £2.5m.[4] Although he relinquished ownership of the business, Cox remained on the board of designers.[5]

In September 2010, Cox opened 'Cox Cookies & Cake', a pâtisserie in London's Soho district, with Eric Lanlard to whom he was introduced by Elizabeth Hurley.[6] In keeping with the area's history of seedy business, the décor was black and neon while the staff wore leather aprons and chains.[7] Delicacies included titty and bum cupcakes along with his mother Maureen's recipe for traditional Canadian Nanaimo bars. The shop has subsequently closed down.

Following a period of absence from the industry required as part of the sale of his brand, Cox returned to shoe design with a range for Geox.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "The king of the cobblers". 2003-01-16. Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
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  3. ^ Michault, Jessica (2005-07-26). "Patrick Cox rediscovers his sole". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  4. ^ Alexis Parr (2008-06-01). "Patrick Cox fears for his luxury shoe brand as he sells to orgies host 'Lord' Eddie Davenport". Retrieved 2011-12-12. 
  5. ^ Pierce, Andrew (13 February 2009). "Profile of Lord Edward Davenport". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 21 February 2010. 
  6. ^ Andy Morris (2010-08-31). "Patrick Cox on cake and cookies". Retrieved 2012-01-07. 
  7. ^ "Cox Cookies & Cake Opens in Soho". 2010-09-01. Retrieved 2012-01-07. 

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