Evidentlya man with style. David Preston make shoes…cool shoes! With a celebrity following from the likes of Kate Moss, Bobby Gillespie, Kasabian, Temples and erm, us there’s simply one place to go when in need of new wheels! Clearly influenced from old school London happenings of the 60’s and 70’s we dive into the mind of David Preston.
Where in London do you live and what do you love about it most?
I live in Bethnal Green. I really enjoy living so close to Victoria Park, Brick Lane, and the general diversity of the area. The local history of silk weavers and clothing manufacturing is also something that interests me.
Tell us about your awesome profession…
I have been designing footwear in London for the last 4 years, and am the owner of my company David Preston Shoes. I focus on very classic designs of boots and shoes that offer an opportunity for something different and more special than the High Street. I have a fantastic celebrity clientele and a well appreciated loyal following from the public. I have a studio by appointment in Bethnal Green.
How does London inspire your work?
I am someone that loves history, so London is perfect for inspiration. My designs are partially influenced by the 60s and 70s – and that was a particularly golden era for London. But I have to say that from the Romans right through, there isn’t a time when this city didn’t have something incredibly interesting going on. It’s a big part of what I love about the city.
So where does DP shop for shoes?
At David Preston Shoes
Obvs! But what about clothes, from designer to vintage?
I like Hunky Dory on Brick lane and Victory Vintage in Whiteley’s – Bayswater W2. I like buying a few bits on holidays, but not really a regular shopper of clothing. I’d rather buy records or a nice lamp !
When your not working or hanging with the stars, where you do you like to sink a few pints and grab some scran?
I tend to stay in East London out of convenience .I like some of my Bethnal Green locals – The Approach Tavern, The Palm Tree, The Camel. In Soho I have a soft spot for the Coach and Horses on Greek St. Not too into the Dalston vibe – but the Shaklewell Arms kind of reminds me of gig venues I grew up with – band room, bar and outdoor space.
What would be your prefect day in London?
It’s a Sunday, the sun is shining. Wake up – have a good old cuddle with the cats, make some nice breakfast. Take a walk into Victoria Park and get a coffee to wander with. Go and see something cultural if possible or have a Sunday lunch with friends. Maybe a pint at The Dove on Broadway Market in the evening, then home to watch a film or two on projector.
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