Since purchasing her first pair of Ecstasy loafers a few years ago, Sydney-based PR advisor to architects and jewellery maker, Rose Luker has been a loyal customer and dearly valued friend of EOD.
Today we step into her shoes and discover what inspires her as a creative, and what she looks for in a pair of shoes as she goes about her busy day-to-day activities.
How did you get started in the creative industry?
I have a theory that the things we start off life being obsessed with as small children stay with us throughout our lives: they simply change form. I spent my childhood visiting building sites with my architect father, drawing, dancing and making mad things from whatever I could get my hands on, especially shiny and tactile things. In between, I devoured my mother’s psychology books and dreamt of living in faraway places. So my dual life as a PR advisor for architects, and a jewellery maker/designer was probably always inevitable.
What inspires you and your artwork?
Like Coco Chanel, I am particularly interested in finding ways to combine ‘everyday' materials with fine metals and precious stones. I am inspired by the wild untamed Australian bush and the considered, refined elegance of old cities. And above all, by women, on whom each piece I make takes on a different life.
Who is the woman that inspires you the most?
Coco Chanel, without a doubt. I am hugely inspired by her ability to reinvent herself, many times over, and in the process, change the way women saw themselves. She never played by the rules, and nor should we.
If you could give a piece of advice to your 20-year-old self, what would it be?
Be fiercely, joyfully and uncompromisingly who you are.
What’s your life maxim that you go back to time after time?
Kiss your demons on the mouth, for there is gold even in the most difficult and painful situations.
Rose wearing Bonnie Nude Pink Mary Jane Flats
How important is it for you to have the right pair of shoes in your line of work as a PR advisor and jewellery designer?
As a person who moves every day from building sites to cocktail parties, I need shoes that are both practical to walk in and glamorous. Plus I wear a lot of vintage clothes, from mid-century to eighties, so I need shoes that make outfits look super chic and contemporary, not shabby.
Which are your all-time favourite EOD shoes and why?
I am a serial lover of Ecstasy Classic loafers (I have a number of pairs, the most recent ones in hot metallic pink). These are ‘forever’ shoes: you feel so happy, like Dorothy in the Wizard of Oz, when you put them on!! More recently I have become enamoured with Bonnie Mary Janes which are very cool and ‘architectural’.