SHOE DESIGNER PATRICK COX’S HOME SOLED
T he world of fashion is full of famous designers but footwear less so. Just a handful have become household names, including high- end shoe smiths such as Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin.
But perhaps the best known and most successful is the ‘ king of cobblers’, Patrick Cox.
Starting in the mid- 1980s, when he came from Canada to study in London and made friends with Vivienne Westwood, he has built up an army of die- hard fans, including celebrity friends such as Elton John and Madonna. Famous for giving shoes such as loafers and sneakers his signature quirky twist, Patrick also designs leather goods.
Since 2002 he’s lived in a four- bedroom Victorian villa in London’s Little Venice enclave, which he redesigned as a ‘ party house’ but also somewhere for Patrick and his two bulldogs to hang out. The only original feature in the property is its staircase – the property was otherwise rebuilt inside to include a kitchen, dining area and media area on the lower ground floor, a huge reception room and two bedrooms upstairs. But Patrick is now moving on. He’s sold the property via local agent Aston Chase for £ 2.75 million and, he says, will “really miss the house and Little Venice, but I am looking forward to taking on another ‘ Grand Designs’ style project in Ibiza”.