Tom Gunn Designer Womens Shoes
by Australian designers Gabrielle Thompson & Shannon Gunn
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Tom Gunn shoes are designed in Australia and made in Italy. The shoes are of the highest quality, using only the finest italian leathers and fabrics. The shoes are always sophisticated and bold in design.
Australian Fashion Review was lucky enough to catch up with Gabrielle and Shannon, in between their busy schedules of travel between Italy and Australia.
Q1) Who are the names behind Tom Gunn and what are your backgrounds (i.e. training, education ancestry)?
tom gunn is our namesake, Gabrielle Thompson is the ‘tom’ and Shannon Gunn is the ‘gunn’. We both studied fashion at Moreton Institute of TAFE (now MSIT), although at the time did not know each other. We met at our first footwear jobs in Brisbane – both starting within a week of each other, were we worked for over five years before going out with our own label. During these 5 years working together we both studied at Ars Satoria in Milan (at separate times), which is one of the most famous footwear schools in the world. Living in Milan is an amazing experience and we love to go back whenever we get the chance.
Q2) When and how did Tom Gunn all begin?
We really weren’t happy with what was available in Australian footwear. Australia had fantastic young clothing designers but nothing in terms of original footwear designers at the time we decided to start. So we left our footwear jobs in Australia and moved to Italy to start the business. That was in 2007; we persisted and didn’t come back until we had a manufacturing base and our first range. We have a great factory in Italy who handcraft each pair of shoes and are great to work with.
Q3) What are the main sources of inspiration behind your collections? Are you
influenced by other designers – if so who and why?
Colour is always the base for our collections, interwoven with a story about a place or a time; it always seems a great starting point for us and really kicks off our creative process every season. We design together and bounce ideas off each other until we are both 100% happy with what we have created. In terms of other designers, we really love what Consuela Castiglioni does for Marni each season and Dries Van Noten – both use colour and pattern so well and their collections are always inspiring.
Q4) If you could pick someone famous that best represents your labels style, who would it be? Alternatively, what famous person/s would you want wearing your label?
Our aim is to make all women look and feel fantastic when they choose to wear our label. Australia has so many beautiful and talented women so it would be fun to see our shoes on any one of them; Cate Blanchett, Rose Byrne or Miranda Kerr to name a few. The biggest kick we get though is to spot someone in the street wearing our shoes!
Q5) What can we expect from Tom Gunn in the coming collections? Is there any end goal?
The aim for the business is to continue to make beautiful footwear. The latest collection (of which the samples have just landed from Italy) has a beautiful palette of teal, blush, nude, shadow blue and red with accents of deep black throughout. The collection is feminine with curved silhouettes, piped edges and mignon straps in heels, sandals and flats. We always love to pair contrasting colours and textures in exquisite materials, the collection includes python and soft nappas.
Our future goals include expanding further throughout Australia and soon break into the international market. We are hoping to show in Paris at a trade fair soon.