Winner, 2008

Liam Fahy

The first Fashion Fringe Accessories Apprentice was Zimbabwe-born Liam Fahy, awarded the 2008 Fashion Fringe Shoes Award (as it was then), judged by an esteemed panel that included Rupert Sanderson and Manolo Blahnik.

During his Apprenticeship, Liam worked and lived in the Emilio-Romagna region of Italy alongside Sanderson at his legendary factory learning the secrets of true Italian craftsmanship and design. Sanderson and Fahy co-designed the Paragon Shoe.

Liam went on to launch his first collection in 2010, having finally found a shoemaker near Padua in Italy able to make shoes to his exacting standards, including engraving his name on the soles for a distinctive trademark.

Liam incorporates an ethical element to his collection: the dust-bags are made by Shingirirai, a Zimbabwe trust dedicated to helping families affected by Aids.

Liam Fahy shoes are available from liamfahy.com and avenue32.com.