Cordwainers at the London College of Fashion
Sarah graduated from the original Cordwainers Technical College in the 80s at a time when Cordwainers glittering alumni were gaining exposure in the wider fashion Industry. Contemporaries such as Patrick Cox and Emma Hope were all creating new exciting perspectives for shoe design and it was an exciting time to be a Cordwainers student. A childhood obsession with drawing shoes became a career and Sarah has since enjoyed a 31 year prolific commercial presence developing designs for a wide range of companies, such as Clarks and Pentland PLC’s brands, such as Lacoste. She set up her own design consultancy in 1997, specialising in Far Eastern sourcing, and managing an impressive client list which included her former employers Clarks and other well known high street companies such as M&S and Next. She began teaching at Cordwainers at LCF initially part time in 2006. Since then, she has taught across all year groups and is now course leader for the whole course. She wishes to enthuse students with the same passion for shoes as she has, and hopes to facilitate the same excitement and energy she received in her education at Cordwainers. She positively encourages the fusion of traditional craft skills and new technology within Footwear design and the course follows this aspiration. Sarah is a member of the Cordwainers livery company as a Liveryman, and was recently was granted the Freedom of the City of London. She regularly takes part in Livery events, including the Blenheim Triathlon, to raise funds for the Master’s charities.