Wednesday, October 14, 2009


I was lucky enough to be able to visit talented shoemaker Phong Chi Lai's Brunswick studio to see first hand where he designs and makes his collection. I fell in love with his beautiful handcrafted Japanese Horror inspired wedges (and wished I had known about him before my own Japanese Horror inspired fashion shoot) as did Emilia who didn't want to take them off her feet after modelling them for my camera. The shoes have all the elegance of an old world Geta worn by a Gion Geisha with a touch of rock n roll thrown in for good measure. To see more of my photos or to read Em's interview with Phong, head over to Melbourne Street Phong is truly a talent and I'm so glad I got to see him work. I am really passionate about discovering local talent and hope to do a series of posts about great young Melbourne or Australian designers. If you are a designer who wants to be featured or if you know of anyone please comment. Coming soon is a sculptor/illustrator/fashion designer extraordinaire who mixes art and fashion together in an exciting unusual way.


  1. ohh they are wild!!

    love love!


  2. Hi Hayley, great post. More Melbourne talent please!

    Phong is exhibiting at Craft Victoria's upcoming shoe exhibition 'Shoe Show' which opens next Thursday 22 Oct 6-8pm. The Geta shoes, along with a few other surprises, will be part of the show!

    He'll be exhibiting alongside some fresh Melbourne shoemakers including Emma the Shoemaker (Phong's studio buddy), April Phillips, Tim Tropp, Emma Greenwood and James Roberts.

    We hope you can make it!


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  4. Oh wow, they are fantastic! I can always use more wedges in my life!

  5. LOVE the shoes. I'm such a wedge girl.

  6. I would love to check out a shoe workshop. Those wedge soles are something!

  7. hi hayley! thanks for posting about this. i have been looking HIGH AND LOW for shoemakers. i wonder if he'll make custom shoes (for my senior thesis)... hmmm... do you have his email address? lol.

    i wonder if vivienne westwood was originally inspired by getas for her rocking horse shoes too!!

  8. Lucky girl! This would have been such an insightful visit. x


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