Aimée didn’t follow the typical path into footwear design having studied biochemical engineering at UCL in the UK and later carving out a career in investment banking working between London and Dubai. Nevertheless, she always held a passion for fashion and creativity, an appreciation for thoughtful design, and a desire to always look well-curated.
Aimée was determined that a corporate career would not spell the end of elegance. She liked to light up board meetings with her wardrobe that struck a balance between formality and femininity. While fashion was easy to charter with an increasing number of collections dedicated to women like herself that wanted to work hard and look good while doing so she found footwear less easy to navigate. Offerings were either impractical for days running around Capitals, with chic designs towering upon high heels or flat unimpressive styles.
“I refuse the notion that a woman must wear high heels to be empowered in the workplace or on a night out.”
This resulted in a journey in shoe design and the birth of Aimée Ann Lou. Having always appreciated bespoke Italian craftsmanship and approaches to fashion, Aimee travelled to Milan to immerse herself in artisanal shoemaking techniques. She was committed to crafting designs with comfort, sustainability, and quality at their core that exude contemporary elegance and transcend social settings.
Aimée curated a team of highly-skilled individuals that share her vision with artisans contributing decades of knowledge in Italian craftsmanship. Aimée’s experience in bioengineering has informed her thoughtful and responsible approach to design. Through extensive research and the deconstruction of premium footwear, the Aimée Ann Lou team has been able to produce creations of superior quality using materials that are both locally sourced and consciously produced using ethical and environmentally sound manufacturing techniques. The Aimée Ann Lou factory is based in Tuscany and design processes are performed between London and Milan.
“Aimée Ann Lou shoes are truly unique, responsible, playful, and refined. We craft functional elegance using technology to assist us in protecting the environment.”
"We have established a basis for Aimée Ann Lou built upon knowledge, legacy and conscious principles. The planet and people that wear our collections remain of principal concern and inform every decision we make."
“Creativity exists in many guises. There were moments when I felt that mine was suppressed, I am, therefore, all the more grateful to be able to connect my passion for fashion, design and aesthetics to my background in engineering. Aimée Ann Lou is about exploring the possibilities at the axis of these disciplines before unleashing collections that fuse high fashion with functionality."
- Founder and Creative Director, Aimée Ann Louise Homer
Consciously designed for the globally mobile glamorous woman, sustainability informs the Aimée Ann Lou attitude every step of the way.
At Aimée Ann Lou, luxury equates to responsibility and longevity, as such materials and practices are scrutinised and revisited to achieve best environmentally conscious practices and compliance with industry-leading standards in quality.
Our collections are handcrafted by artisans outside Florence, Italy, a region known for its rich heritage in luxury shoemaking. The Aimée Ann Lou aesthetic is one of supreme unhindered sophistication which also plays to personal and playful emotions.
Aimée Ann Lou reimagines classic timeless styles crafting oxfords, loafers, lace-ups, boots and slippers in chic, low heel contemporary form. Our designs are adorned with unexpected detailing and handcrafted to compliment the silhouette of the leg, provide supreme comfort and equip women to traverse their worlds with ease.