New Season, New Look, New You!

Most people think it must be difficult and daunting coming up with a new collection every 6 months, but truth be known it seems to flow quite easily, even after 22 years in the business! By the time one collection reaches the shelves, we are well on the way to developing the next collection. As soon as one is complete, we have styles bubbling around in our brain that we are just itching to sample…before the summer has even arrived, we are dreaming of a cool new winter boot!

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'A summer in St Tropez '   Summer 2014


But right now we are thrilled with our new 2014 Spring/Summer collection which has just landed in store. It is looking so fresh and alluring, bursting with youthful, exuberant charm! We've called the collection 'A summer in St Tropez'. This immediately conjures up the free and easy, warm nonchalance of Twiggy and Bardot in the 60's, strolling the seaside boulevard in striped Breton tees and ¾ pants, big hats, leather slides or soft rope espadrilles. Tres chic!

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This season we have concentrated even more than ever on quality materials, striking shapes and expert handmade craftsmanship. The all -leather inner footbeds and soles of our shoes are so soft and smooth, buttery to the touch. Like our new handbags, they are literally works of art! No nasty synthetic material and cheap componentry here- everything is world class and as good as all the top international brands…without the price tag!

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Flats are IN!

 

At Briarwood we have long been vocal advocates of flat shoes. We've always known that you don't have to suffer in high heels to look polished and stylish. The trend for flats has been creeping in for many seasons now. At the recent shows in Milan, London, Paris and New York, designer brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Helmut Lang and Celine sent models down the runway in flat sandals, sneakers, slides and espadrilles. Such a departure from towering heels has caused the fashion world to rejoice. "Ahhh the relief! Pinched, tired feet be gone!"

Helmut Lang Flat Slide

Models In Flats

Although for most of us normal souls, throwing on our favourite sneakers or sandals is just part of our everyday life; the fashion pack, stylists and celebrities have taken to wearing flats in droves as well. Now it is truly considered the ultimate in cool!

We have a divine selection of leather sandals, slides and cotton linen espadrilles this season. A contemporary, comfortable and chic style for any outfit. At last a welcome reprieve from the tired old jandals!

Bruno Leopard Slide

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Tan Espadrille 

Lace-up or Slip-on Brogues

 

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Part of the blossoming 'flat shoe' trend is the move towards a more masculine, tailored look in women's footwear with the classic Brogue. A beautiful pair of leather brogues should be a staple in every woman's wardrobe. They provide you with a more polished alternative to your trusty old sneakers and a more tailored and unique look to the ubiquitous flat ballerine. Invest in a quality pair and they will last a lifetime.

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Our stunning new collection of brogues come in either a standard lace-up, or a quirky cut-out lace-up, and even a super soft no-laces-at-all brogue that just slides on like a slipper. You won't want to take these little beauties off!

Bharti Tan And White

Be brave with Colour!


Black, Tan and Brown are the standard colours for brogues, and these will always look strong and stylish, never fail. But this season, we wanted to have a play with the beautiful new dyed metallic silver and gold and even white. You can wear them casual with denim, preppy with slim cropped pants or daringly dressed up with a tulle girly skirt.

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Bosley Slip On White Shoes
Imagine a well-cut black suit, or little black dress with minimal accessories paired with a pair of Briarwood silver or white brogues.

Now THAT says style.


Have fun this season with your shoes and bags. We know we will!