Julia Lundsten has made a name for herself as a most promising and gifted shoe designer, with her label FINSK, launched in 2004. London based, Finnish born Lundsten, who has been dubbed the Eames of footwear, has established herself as a designer with a strong vision and unique, directional style. The renowned FINSK wooden wedge is already a 21st century style icon, and Finsk has become a fixture at New York Fashion Week and London Fashion Week through Lundsten's collaborations with Ports 1961 and Basso & Brooke.
Lundsten graduated from London's Royal College of Art in 2003 and won the prestigious Manolo Blahnik Award two years running, the Finnish Young Designer of the Year Award and the Smart Car Design Prize. 'Exquisite, divine and perfect' are just some of the words Blahnik has used to describe Lundsten's shoes.
With an architect father and interior designer mother, Lundsten has cultivated an eye for design, clearly reflected in her work. Some of her biggest inspirations have derived from architecture, including buildings and furniture details as well as structures found in nature. Likening a shoe to a chair, Lundsten views the heel and sole as the chair legs, with the upper, the seat.
Lundsten's unique, modern designs are avant-garde yet supremely wearable. She cleverly uses contrasting leathers and wooden sculptured heels to create design masterpieces. The natural beauty of locally sourced materials is a significant component of each collection, each pair of shoes being handcrafted in an atelier in Brazil. The production process is as ethical as possible and all leathers used in Lundsten's designs are by-products of other industries.
FINSK shoes are sold in selected boutiques in London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Toronto, Helsinki and Singapore.
Recent press coverage includes Vogue, Elle, Grazia, Surface and Style Bubble.
ELLE Accessories Design of the Year - 2010
Young Designer of the Year Award - Design Forum Finland - 2007
Manolo Blahnik Award Winner - 2003
Manolo Blahnik Award Winner - 2002
Smart Car Design Prize Winner - 2002
"I am captivated by her work. It is like nothing anybody is doing at the moment, exquisite, divine, perfect."
Manolo Blahnik quoted from W Magazine