SHOE DE­SIGNER PA­TRICK COX’S HOME SOLED

Solihull News - - PROPERTY & LIVING -

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”.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.