If your idea of African-influenced designs is lots of bright colors, tribal patterns and perhaps animal prints, well, you can drop all those notions when it comes to Liam Fahy.
Born in Zimbabwe and raised in Africa, 26-year-old Liam Fahy is the one of the newest designers in the luxury shoe scene. How he got into shoe designing is quite a story in itself: as a young art and psychology student, he decided to pursue his passion for creativity by living with the Tonga tribe by the Zambezi River for a year.
With no running water, no electricity and no cellphone service, Liam Fahy lived off of the catfish and dodged aggressive hippos in that time. He finally returned to civilization after seemingly a lot of soul searching and having realized his true lifelong passion which is to study and design footwear. (What a journey to realize that you want to design shoes, huh?)
Fahy won numerous awards while enrolled in university but it was his stint at working for multinational sports brands that finally steered him towards designing for the women’s luxury side of the footwear market. The technical, uncreative and mass production style of designing must’ve gotten to him. Well, that’s a loss for those multinationals and a point for us.
The signature nickel brand label that the soles of each pair of Liam Fahy shoes are embellished with
Liam Fahy’s designs for his current Spring/Summer 2012 and Autumn/Winter 2012 collections are refined, sophisticated and elegant. All these come from a boy who grew up living on a small snake farm in Africa and who didn’t wear a lot of shoes then because of the hot climate.
Check out more of Liam Fahy’s shoes at www.liamfahy.com. He will be previewing his up and coming Spring/Summer 2013 collection at London Fashion Week.
Liam Fahy Spring/Summer 2012 collection
Liam Fahy Autumn/Winter 2012 collection
Liam Fahy ‘Lula’ black velvet ankle strap pumps, $688.00
Liam Fahy ‘Nicole’ pony hair toe monk strap shoes, $760.00
Liam Fahy ‘Briege’ fur toe lace-up high heel oxfords, $1,168.00
Photos courtesy of Liam Fahy