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Mrs B’s rising stars

Carven: accessible luxury; Gianvito Rossi: innovation is in his blood; Tabitha Simmons: shoe queen and Alexandre Birman: Brazilian perfectionist…

Carven: accessible luxury

“Carven is part of the new luxury generation of brands doing the designer look at a contemporary price point. The look is preppy and French, but with a quirky twist. The designer Guillaume Henry has every key trend and category covered. I know we are on to something great when the entire buying team wants to wear the whole collection. For autumn 10, we love the beautifully tailored camel coat, and the perfect white shirts with Peter Pan collars.”

Gianvito Rossi: innovation is in his blood

“Designer Gianvito Rossi has shoe design in his blood: his father is shoe designer Sergio Rossi. I think he is going to build an empire comparable to Jimmy Choo and Christian Louboutin. His designs are fashion forward without being aggressive and the quality is second to none. I have a pair of three-inch heels that feel like slippers.”

Tabitha Simmons: shoe queen

“Tabitha has done it all - contributing editor at US Vogue and stylist and design consultant for top brands such as Dolce & Gabbana, Alexander McQueen and Givenchy. The response to her spring 10 footwear collection in Browns has been phenomenal, with some styles selling out in weeks. The quality is impeccable and her English quirkiness shines through in everything she designs.”

Alexandre Birman: Brazilian perfectionist

“Alexandre Birman launched his eponymous label in spring 08 and won the Emerging Talent Award from Footwear News in December 2009. Alexandre makes sexy and beautifully made shoes but because his family owns the factory and the shoes are made in Brazil the retail prices are a third less than your average designer brand. Mind you - there is no compromise on the materials he uses or the quality of the finished product. He is a perfectionist who knows the business and is here to stay.”

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