London-based FINSK was first launched in 2004 by talented Finnish shoe designer Julia Lundsten, who is known for her strong creative vision and unique, directional style.
FINSK’s unique and modern designs are avant-garde yet supremely wearable. Contrasting leathers and sculptural wooden heels are cleverly used to create truly unique design masterpieces. Every pair of FINSK shoes is handcrafted in an atelier in Brazil by highly skilled local craftsmen who have honed traditional shoe-making methods and techniques that have passed down from generation to generation.
The natural beauty
of locally-sourced materials is a significant component of each collection and
each shoe is carefully constructed using the highest quality, locally-sourced
materials including by-products of other industries. In this way, the production
process is kept as ethical as possible. From meticulously
hand-painting wooden heels to developing new ways of working with leather with
the help of local tanneries, FINSK works very closely with the artisans to
combine traditional shoe-making know-how with the brand’s modern aesthetic and create
one-of-a-kind FINSK designs.
ABOUT JULIA LUNDSTEN
Julia Lundsten graduated from London’s Royal College of Art in 2003. While studying there, she won the prestigious Manolo Blahnik Award two years running. “Exquisite”, “divine” and “perfect” were just some of the superlatives used by Blahnik to describe Lundsten’s shoes. Other accolades include The Finnish Young Designer of the Year Award in 2007, The Smart Car Design Prize in 2002 and Elle Accessories Designer of the Year (FIN) in 2010.
Some of the biggest inspirations for FINSK have derived from architecture, furniture details as well as structures found in nature. With an architect father and interior designer mother, Lundsten, who has been dubbed the “Eames of footwear”, has cultivated an eye for design clearly reflected in her work. Likening a shoe to a chair, the heel and sole of a FINSK shoe are viewed as the legs, and the upper, as the seat.
As well as designing for FINSK, Julia currently consults for and collaborates with other brands including Nokian, the Finnish heritage rubber footwear brand. In the past she has also produced runway collections for Basso & Brooke and Ports 1961, and most recently her Spring/Summer ‘14 FINSK collection appeared on the runway of Tia Cibani in New York.
SHOP OTHER COLLECTION: NOKIAN By Julia Lundsten