“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a silver sixpence in her shoe.”
Every single pair of Charlotte Mills’ meticulously handcrafted shoes bears these delicately embossed words on their luxurious leather soles which, undeniably, have fast become the British brand’s signature mark. Poetically referencing every aspect of this timeless tradition, a Charlotte Mills shoe is not only an accessory for the aisle, but an accessory to be treasured far beyond ‘I do’. A glittering silver sixpence will become your “something old”, the shoes are, of course, your “something new”, the luxury envelope we include (which we hope you’ll return accompanied by a picture of you, mid-celebration and wearing CM) your “something borrowed” and, finally, the exquisite blue detailing of our shoes’ in-sock your “something blue”.
Wielding an innate desire to create shoes that endlessly delight and inspire (not to mention steal brides’ hearts across the globe) designer, Charlotte Mills, is applauded throughout the industry for her scrupulous attention to detail, her inherent ability to infuse her designs with a uniquely playful spirit and sense of romance and, most importantly, her designs’ tried and tested comfortable fit. Each and every style is carefully crafted in the label’s factory in Spain (a factory that has been making shoes for over 50 years) utilising the very finest of materials and the most celebrated of skills. Charlotte’s aforementioned signature details are hand-finished, adding that final flourishing touch to a special shoe for an equally special day.
About The Founder
With an already bulging portfolio of experience under her Gucci belt (having worked for several years for some of the UK’s best known high street brands) the concept for Charlotte Mills Bridal was conceived when Charlotte designed a bridal footwear collection for her final degree show. After graduating from the prestigious Cordwainers (part of London College of Fashion) alongside previous Alumni including the likes of Jimmy Choo, Patrick Cox and Sophia Webster, her ambition to launch her own luxury footwear brand was realised, and fast became a reality in 2014 with the launch of her very first collection.
Since then, a whole series of accolades have followed. Having showcased at London Fashion Week, Charlotte’s designs have been spotted on many a famous foot, not to mention being featured in some of the world’s most illustrious publications. With an engaged following of admirers, the business continues to blossom and bloom, sprouting new buds as every day passes, making Charlotte Mills one of the industry’s most revered market leaders.
MEET THE TEAM
“I know it’s cheesy, but we really are the dream team.” Charlotte Mills
“We’re a small team who, happily, are all willing to get involved with every aspect of the business. There’s a real team spirit that infuses our unique dynamic and we love working together. Everyone gets so excited about the creation of a new product, and - probably, most unusually - we all have a say in the final collection. I’m so lucky to have a team who are as passionate about the business as I am, especially when it comes to going above and beyond to help and assist our brides.” Founder, Charlotte Mills
CHARLOTTE, FOUNDER & CREATIVE DIRECTOR
From brandishing fresh new ideas on how to grow the business, to managing the team, directing creative planning and overseeing production, this is no normal 9-5 job. But, between us, you’ll also find Charlotte moving boxes, brewing up and, more often than not, crawling around on the floor in fitting sessions. That’s right, the glamour doesn’t stop at CM HQ.
Dream celebrity client?
“Fearne Cotton - she’s actually worn our shoes before and always styles them so well. I’d love to create something exclusively for her.”
Can’t live without?
“Cuddles with my little girl, my husband and Creme Eggs!”
KIM, BRAND MANAGER
Kim is our logistics Queen. For CM clients, Kim is their first port of call (trust us, no problem is too big or small). She’s the cog in the CM machine that keeps the business effortlessly ticking over and running smoothly. Creating new shoe designs alongside Charlotte, as well as infusing her creative spirit across other product areas including graphic design and merchandising, she’s a huge part of the brand.
Favourite design tool?
“I’d love to say something whimsical like pencil and paper, but no, my favourite design tool is probably Adobe Illustrator. Often, Charlotte will sketch an idea for a new design before I CAD it up in Illustrator. It really helps us visualise what the final product will look like.”
Wish you had more of...
“Maybe a little more sleep - what parent would say no to that!”
EMMA, MARKETING MANAGER
A social media wizard with a penchant for the Gram, Emma is our go-to for all things social, pop-up (of the boutique kind) and press. Tirelessly planning new campaigns and locking down dreamy locations, no CM launch can go ahead without her.
Dream campaign location? “Hawa Mahal, the pink palace in Jaipur, India. A phenomenal setting for our shoes (not to mention the perfect excuse for a TEAM CM getaway).”
Social Media love?
“Definitely the creativity and connectivity of it all. Being able to create beautiful content that other people can relate to or are inspired by!”
DEBBIE, CUSTOMER SERVICE & OPERATIONS
If you’ve received one of our glossy, perfectly packaged CM parcels in the mail, you’ve got Debbie to thank. This is a woman who defies any hurdle when it comes to packaging up our precious shoes for our brides. She’s also responsible for quality control. You’ll (literally) find her checking our shoes with a fine tooth comb.
What makes a perfectly packaged CM parcel?
“Here at CM we go one step further when it comes to packaging brides’ shoes, adding lots of little extra details. We hope it makes the experience even more special for our customers.”
If you could conjure up a dream piece of tech what would it be?
“I’d conjure up a small camera to fit inside every CM shoe box lid and have the footage streamed to us here at CM so we could see the reactions of our brides as they unveil their Charlotte Mills shoes for the very first time.”
BROOKE, STYLE ADVISOR & ASSOCIATE
Holding the fort at CM’s beloved Manchester studio is Brooke, our style advisor and associate. Hell-bent on helping our brides find the perfect pair, she’s a total dream of a style advisor to have on-hand.
Best thing about your job?
“I just love everything about the CM brand, working alongside such talented ambitious women is something I take great pride in.”
Favourite CM style?
“It has to be George Unicorn, in fact ANYTHING unicorn! Perfect for dazzling the night away.”