Rupert Sanderson Harnesses Power of Pebble for Growth Program – Footwear News

As Rupert Sanderson gains momentum in the US and other key international markets, the London-based designer is harnessing the power of his chrome Pebble ornament.

This spring, Sanderson launched the Pebble collection for the first time in major retail accounts such as Swank Hong Kong and Tender Birmingham, and on the brand’s website. (It was previously only sold at Sanderson boutiques.)

“It became a signature brand device without having to say Rupert Sanderson because of the story behind it,” the designer said.

The history of Pebble was born from two happy accidents 20 years apart. While touring the beaches of Sri Lanka in the 1980s, Sanderson picked up a simple polished stone. Pocketed as a keepsake of a magical moment in his life, it traveled with him everywhere, eventually becoming a paperweight on his desk.

Years later, while designing and researching ideas, Sanderson – who previously worked at Sergio Rossi and Bruno Magli – picked up the soft, rounded stone and placed it on the toe of a shoe. “There was a lot of appetite around the rock,” Sanderson said. “And now we’re bringing it to a wider audience.”

Kate Middleton has been a fan of classic Sanderson shoes for years.


The original pebble accessory has been laminated with gold and applied to a small collection of styles that have evolved into a modern chrome accessory paired with a variety of different shoe shapes and materials. The asymmetrical outline of the pebble has been recast in wood, crystal and even rope.

“It’s a bold accessory on a stylish shoe. The proportions are quite difficult,” he said.

As he charts his next collections, Sanderson also finds inspiration in a number of his archival styles. “After 22 years, there are definitely things worth revisiting,” he said.

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