Milan-based footwear designer ainsley-t launches its debut collection of erotic footwear and personalised shoe service for January 2010. The shoes are available from two leading erotic retailers in London and customers may choose from a range of finishes, colours and designs, as well as detailing like laces, piping and lining.
At first glance, this striking new collection from ainsley-t looks nothing more than a very sexy, beautifully created range of gorgeous footwear. But take another look and you’ll see that these very decadent “accessories” actually double as butt plugs, ball gags and pin wheels.
Ainsley-t prides itself on using the highest standards and best materials that are synonymous with Italian design. In fact the design house, which includes a top London dominatrix among its consultants, uses the same Milan factory to produce the collection as some leading designer labels in mainstream shoe fashion.
Born in London in 1960, ainsley-t’s founder, Stuart Thom, has always had an eye for beauty. After earning an MA in design at London’s Royal College of Art, he moved to Milan in 1990 to work at the internationally renowned studio of King-Miranda Associati and teach at a leading design school.
“The world is already full of so called sexy shoes. It does not need yet another black patent leather high-heeled court. Innovation between the intersection of footwear and desire has to do something more than this, and there is space for a radical creative initiative, to make gorgeously strange footwear for a sophisticated audience”.
“Toys and shoes feature together in quite a few fantasies…why not enjoy them together..?”
Ainsley-t shoes made its UK debut in December at the Resistance Gallery, London’s premiere underground avant-garde performance venue, with a preview for VIP guests including international fashion press and media together with dominatices, fetish club promoters, etc. The event also featured art installations and a selection of delicious photography from artists including Emma Delves-Broughton, Sam Eddison, Giordano Affolti, Andrea Zani, and Sarah McGlathery.
Ainsley-t shoes are designed and made in Milan. Offering luxurious, unique and personal shoes designed and made for an esoteric audience, they are unashamedly sexual, yet refined and poised. They are gorgeously strange and strangely gorgeous. Merging fetish and high fashion, they are more than just shoes; they are “shoes for your erotic life”.
About the designer…
Born in London in 1960, ainsley-t founder Stuart Thom has always had an eye for beauty, a passion for quality craftsmanship, and a perfectionist’s attention to detail. After earning an MA in furniture design at London’s Royal College of Art, he moved to Milan in 1990 to work at the internationally renowned studio of King-Miranda Associati. Stuart says, “My interest in erotic footwear comes from the strangeness of the ambition to create weird emotional tensions from a functional shotgun marriage, where the erotic role of footwear is made explicit in the design”.
Ainsley-t shoes are available from…
Liberation, 49 Shelton Street, Covent Garden, London WC2H 9HE
020 7916 3346
Atsuko Kudo, Showgirls, 64 Holloway Road, London N7 8JL
020 7700 4631
Giordano Affolti www.giordanoaffolti.it
Emma Delves-Broughton www.emmadelvesbroughton.com
Sam Eddison www.sameddison.com
Sarah McGlathery www.sarahmcglathery.co.uk
Tim Woodward www.skintwo.com
Andrea Zani www.andreazani.com