Patrick Cox is a man who needs no introduction. The Canadian-born designer is best known for his cutting edge shoes for men and women. He’s been celebrating feet ever since he left London’s cordwainers college in 1983. First through collaborations with iconic fashion designers like Vivienne Westwood and John Galliano, then with his own label, launched in 1986. He followed that with his Wannabe range in 1994, a huge commercial success which reshaped the footwear landscape. A year later Cox had stores in London, Paris, New York and Tokyo.
In January 2003 Cox was appointed creative director of the iconic shoe brand Charles Jourdan, his brief being to rejuvenate the brand. After two sucessful years, he moved on to focus on the re-development of his own brand. Also making the move from fashion to food, opening Soho cake emporium – Cox, Cookies and Cake. In 2011, he was appointed design consultant at GEOX, creating collections for Men and Women under the Patrick Cox x GEOX label.
2015 saw the long-awaited return of Patrick to the world of luxury footwear with his brand new lifestyle brand, LATHBRIDGE. We caught up with Patrick for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series to talk London, life and style.
Little Venice – where I live! Close to the West End but with a very laid back, anonymous vibe. There’s some great local restaurants like Maguro and Gogi, and loads of parks nearby.
Favourite place for brunch:
The outside terrace at the Chiltern Firehouse. They not only allow dogs, they LOVE my two English bulldogs Caesar and Brutus, so I go here a lot. Plus its only a 15 min walk from my house through Regents Park.
Best coffee in London:
I don’t drink coffee, but I regularly have a hot chocolate at Baker&Spice at the end of my street on Clifton Road. I sit outside, chat with neighbours and catch up on the local gossip.
Favourite gallery or museum:
The V&A. Great exhibitions and a couple of my shoes are on display in their permanent collection in the fashion department!
Tell us a secret:
I’ve just moved to Ibiza!
Favourite place to shop:
Alfies’ Antique Market on Church Street. I’ve been shopping here since I first arrived in London in the 80s. Currently my eye is drawn to 70’s furniture and glassware. Only a 10 min walk from my front door. Dogs allowed!
Favourite place to find inspiration:
It’s such a fashion industry cliché but on Saturdays I still love checking out the vintage shoes and clothes under the Westway on Portobello. Get there early and run into EVERYONE. Great people watching too.
Best London destination for a date:
The Everyman Cinema in Maida Vale. They have beds… they serve wine… if things are going well – I live 50m away!
I’m going to have to say Hyde Park, as, except for a brief period in the early 80s when I lived in West Hampstead (yuck!), I’ve always lived within walking of here. And 11am – 1pm on the first Sunday of every month there is the English Bulldog Meet Up which is great fun for my boys. Its hilarious and highly Instagram-able for those without a bully of their own.
Favourite food market:
I don’t cook so I don’t really do food markets.
Your sanctuary in the city:
Walking along the Regents Canal. Dogs off the leash, no traffic, no crowds, beautiful views…
What inspires you?
The people. There’s nowhere in the world more international than London. The blend, and sometimes clash, of cultures is intoxifying.
This season I’m loving:
I’ve always loved Autumn. Summer in London can be either a disappointing nonexistent rainy washout or heatwave hell as the city isn’t really built for high temperatures. I’m much more a cashmere jumper and chunky boots kinda guy than flip flops and shorts.