August 3, 2011

In her Closet: A Shoe Designer's Wardrobe

I first met Sun at the "Fashion Corporation" about 3 years ago. We shared an office and she assisted in my department for about two weeks until she was moved to the denim department. We shared a communal candy jar that we couldn't manage to keep full and she would tell me about her crazy internet dating stories. Of course, I did have to warn her not to ever jump into some stranger's white van, but that is another story for later.

Fast forward 2 years, and she now works as a shoe designer in Montreal and has a beautiful apartment in the Côte-des-Neiges area that is influenced by her Korean roots and her Mexican boyfriend. She has hoarded a collection of towering black heels and a colorful wardrobe mixed with a bit of vintage to clothes she has collected from places she has visited.

She also handmade her portfolio book which she showed me. Future aspiring fashion designers take note, her portfolio is immaculately made, well presented and professional.

If you like my blog series, please let me know in the comments and I will continue to post. You can check out my past "In her closet" posts here.

colorful zara vest
Every girl needs a colorful hand beaded bolero vest
chains on a mannequin
Add a colorful neck party to your bolero vest
Heels bought from a shopping trip to London, Topshop
the pristine living room
her collection heels from Korea, Zara and Topshop
shoe designer's work and desk space
Inspirational fashion illustrations, Handmade Pug Pillow bought from Souk@Sat in Montreal
 These are her dress technical drawings from her portfolio. I think she should illustrate for WGSN.
drawn techinical sketches of shoes and heels
 Trend board and shoe designs from her portfolio. This is basically a lesson on how you get a Shoe Designer job.
Because you can never have enough black shoes. Denis Gagnon heels for Aldo, Chunky heels from Korea,
Vintage dress handed down from her mother / Small ukulele
orange blooms
Just outside of her Brickstone apartment in Montreal
colorful threads embroidered peasant top from Mexico
Detail shot of floral embroidery dress she bought from Mexico


  1. Wow! the bolero is stunning! is that a vintage piece, supposing unique isn't it? There are always treasures on your blog, i love it! urf that bolero is going to obsess me...
    have a nice day : )


  2. Gorgeous! All of it! Her technical drawings are incredible. Mine definitely don't look like that!


  3. I really enjoyed this blog post. It transports you to Montreal and Sun has such distinct style. Inspiring!

  4. love the black shoes! that place looks amaziing!

  5. amazing!
    so this is the lady i've heard ab!

  6. Such a great post Sabrina, the pictures look great! Aw i Miss Sun, This reminds me that I need to call her. That bolero is killer and I'm so inspired by her portfolio, she is super talented...I may have to get some advice from her about that!

  7. Fabulous post, the detailing on that jacket is gorgeous.

    Eda ♥

  8. beautiful things! i love your posts!

  9. great pictures and shoes! :)

  10. That bead embroidery at the top is amazing. AH-MAY-ZING.

    Hand sewn? O_o?

  11. Just wow, and thank you so so much for sharing.
    Truly beautiful and I adore the first dress.
    Much love xxxx

    And psst, thank you for all the support, it means so so much xxx

  12. wow, what an inspiring lady!!! xx

  13. Such an inspiring home! and of course I love her shoe collection!


  14. Want her closet and her apartment!

  15. I am dying over that bolero! I had no idea designers got so technical, but it makes sense - and she especially seems to have an eye for detail. Love the blog!

  16. That bolero is exquisite! And like that quirky pillow, too. Great post!

  17. Love this post :)

  18. I love this post. I've been wondering how to get into shoe design for a while. It seems like there's really no direct approach. Any chance you could get a more detailed interview on how she got started and whatnot? I'd greatly appreciate it :)

    Castle Fashion

  19. this post was super delightful! i enjoyed every bit of it from the amazing hand beaded bolero to that perfect little ukulele sitting on the couch

  20. For everyone wondering, the bolero is from Zara.

    Yasmeen- I will try to get a more detailed interview on how she got into Shoe Design. She does have a background in Graphic Design and a degree in Fashion Design.

  21. Amazing post xoxo

  22. everything was exquisite and beautifully shot! :0)

  23. Where can I find the babushka and owl necklaces please?


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