Patrick Cox could be described as a Renaissance man. After his shoe label closed in 2008, he moved to baking. He opened a sex themed bakery in London, and then considered medical school. Since 2011 the designer has been working with Geox.
Being in Italy gave him a fresh outlook, and he is now back to creating his own designs. His Fall 2015 collection was released with little buzz and was mostly for men, with some styles in women’s sizes. However, his Spring 2016 collection is creating more for women.
The line is named Lathbridge. It includes 24 styles for both men and women. His designs lean more towards the casual mens-wear spectrum with sneakers, loafers, and brogues (oxfords). Florals, buffalo-hide, geometric straps, and butterflies can all be found on his shoes.
In an interview with Foot Wear News he stated,
“I’ve been working at Geox for four years. It’s fun, but it’s also frustrating — at the end of my day, it’s not my collection. The buck doesn’t stop here. I had always been my own boss and had my own line since I was 22. So much of what happened felt like unfinished business. I registered the Lathbridge trademark three years ago, so that shows you how long I’ve been thinking about it. It feels like fashion is swinging back to my aesthetic — with mid-heels, flats and chunky soles. This collection is fun and playful, slightly offbeat and quirky.”
The designer’s most famous work was the Wannabe loafer, which is now considered vintage. Lena Dunham recently gushed about Cox’s old shoes on Instagram.
Cox admitted that he has no long term plans for the line, it is more about the pleasure of creating for him. He has a life… and a dog and, doesn’t have time for a fashion take over. His shoes are currently available for $388 to $776 (At current exchange rates) at Harrods and Selfridges.