My London: Terry de Havilland – Shoe Designer

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Iconic septuagenarian cordwainer Terry de Havilland was known as the “rock ‘n’ roll cobbler of the ‘70s” in London, famous for dressing the feet of Marianne Faithfull, Bianca Jagger and David Bowie, as well as for wild era-defining drug-fuelled parties. Last year the brand – which boasts Kate Moss as a fan – returned with a store opening on Ganton Street, W1. We caught up with Terry to uncover his favourite places in the capital.

Favourite neighbourhood:

Haggerston, E8. It’s where my studio is located. I’ve been here since 1997 and have watched it evolve. There’s a strong creative community here and we all get along.

Favourite place for brunch:

Ottolenghi, Upper Street, Islington. I’ve lived in Islington since the ‘80s and Ottolenghi is by far my favourite addition to the area.

Best coffee in London:

I’m not a coffee house kind of person but I do enjoy the occasional double espresso after dinner so again it’s got to be Ottolenghi.

Favourite gallery or museum:

It’s got to be the V&A. Whenever I wander in there I always spot something I’ve never noticed before.

Favourite building:

The Carreras cigarette factory on Mornington Crescent – it’s a beautiful example of Art Deco Egyptian revival architecture.

Favourite place to shop:

Liberty. It’s so quintessentially “London” and with Ed Burstell at the helm these days it’s going through a fantastic transformation.

Favourite place to find inspiration:

My studio. I just have to sit in my doorway and watch the world go by to see all kinds of streetwear. I’ve always been inspired by London street style. I’m also lucky to know a wide range of creative folk who drop in for a chat and a cup of tea.

Best London destination for a date:

The Chelsea Arts Club. It’s got a great restaurant, a laid-back bar, the most beautiful grounds and you never know who you’re going to end up talking to. If you over indulge you can book a room for the night and enjoy the best breakfast in town the next morning.

Favourite park:

The new river walk in Islington. It’s not really a park; it’s a secret tucked away with a peaceful and magical atmosphere.

Favourite food market:

I don’t really do food markets. I’ve got some brilliant independent suppliers in Islington: Steve Hatt the fishmonger, Godfrey’s the butchers and the wonderful Raab’s the bakers. I love to support my local traders whenever I can.

Your sanctuary in the city:

My roof terrace. Liz my wife, has discovered she’s got green fingers when it comes to container gardening. We’ve even eaten our own home grown figs this summer. It’s an oasis of peace and calm away from the bustle of Upper Street.

What inspires you?

Working with artists. I’m fortunate to be able to make all my own proto samples – I make shoes rather than just designing them – and there’s nothing I like more than collaborating with artists when I’m not having to focus on fashion.

This season I’m loving:

My collaboration with House of Hackney. We had a whole lot of fun working their fabrics into some of my classic designs. The results are fun and fresh and will be in store in November.

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