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Established in 1978, Scarpa has become synonymous with the very best international footwear brands through its bricks and mortar stores, as well as a burgeoning online business. Sisters Liz Savage and Pip Larner carried on the legacy from their parents who founded it almost 30 years ago and have re-shaped Scarpa into a modern fashion force.
Scarpa’s inaugural footwear collection is a winter seasonal capsule, designed to be an array of hero pieces for any wardrobe. The 15 styles tell the story of Liz and Pip’s sisterhood, inspired by their family and the women around them who have worked in the fashion footwear industry as well as their incredibly loyal customer base whom Liz and Pip see as a part of their sisterhood.
With over 30 years of buying and selling women’s footwear in the retail environment to their discerning clientele, they are considered fashion footwear specialists. Being able to work closely with customers and with internationally renowned shoe brands throughout the years has given the sisters a head start on their approach to designing their own collection.
A conscious decision was made by Liz and Pip and their buyer Caroline, have been working closely on this capsule collection with a small, family-owned footwear factory in Tuscany, Italy, in order to celebrate and to underline Scarpa’s dedication to the best in footwear design and shoe making. Highlighting the importance of craftsmanship, design, comfort and passion for local production is at the heart of each pair of shoes. Scarpa is made entirely by a hand-to-order system, ensuring minimal waste using sustainably-sourced leathers and componentry.
After what has been a tumultuous time for fashion businesses since Covid struck in 2020, Liz and Pip also saw an opportunity to be industry leaders, hopefully inspiring a new wave of brands to follow suit and emerge in the wake of the pandemic. Their courageous approach to business is balanced with a unique and unmatched knowledge of footwear, so together the two sisters felt the time was right to launch their new venture.
Scarpa’s first ever footwear collection launches in NZ on April 21st, 2023 and will be available in Scarpa stores and online at scarpa.co.nz
Visit Scarpa at 15 Teed Street, or Level 2 Westfield Newmarket.