Emma Hope

Emma Hope

Born in 1967 in Portsmouth, the shoe designer Emma Hope studied at Cordwainers College in east London. Tipped as a hot British talent, alongside John Galliano, by Harper's and Queen in the year of her graduation, she started her career designing ballet pumps for Laura Ashley. She then worked for Betty Jackson and Jean Muir before opening her first shop in Islington, north London. She moved production to Italy and designed a range for Paul Smith in 2002, opening two more shops, one in Sloane Square and another in Notting Hill. She shares her time between west London and Cornwall Emma Hope's exquisitely crafted shoes are made in small, family owned factories in Tuscany, Italy where they are specialists in the finest hand crafted shoe making techniques. She designed shoes for Paul Smith, Anna Sui and Mulberry, and the shoes worn by Keira Knightly and Rosamund Pike in the award winning film Pride and Prejudice. Headquartered in London, Emma Hope has been designing beautiful shoes for 25 years. ​