Ms. Webster who is a Cordwainers and Royal College of Art graduate began her ascent in the industry by working as an assistant to Nicholas Kirkwood for the past two years. Nicholas and his business partner Christopher Suarez discovered Sophia after she won two design competitions that they were judging. She also won a design competition held by Browns in which one of her designs were sold by the retailer and created a capsule collection for River Island. Sophia’s debut collection will launch in early 2013 Spring and will be manufactured in Brazil with the help of Kirkwood and Suarez.
Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama was the inspiration behind some of the heels in the collection and Sophia brings this to the fore by using Kusama’s trademark multi-colored spots and bright colors. Another influence came from the intricate designs of tribal art.