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Tamara Mellon

When it comes to advice on shopping for shoes and bags – or indeed, shopping for them as gifts – there is no one better to turn to than Tamara Mellon. Here the former chief creative officer of Jimmy Choo, now head of her own newly launched eponymous fashion line, gives her top tips for buying shoes and bags.

“Buying shoes is a really intimate thing so you really do have to know someone very well to do it. Black is always a safe option, while a great pump or court shoe can look very modern and fresh and will last for the next few years.

If someone is quirky rather than traditional then head for shoes featuring print or embellishment. Leopard print is a good option as it’s such a great basic, it goes with everything.

Western boots are the new casual boot to wear as a replacement for the biker boot. I personally love heritage brand Lucchese, based in El Paso, Texas. The style I’d want is Roper in black leather.

I have thousands of bags. I always travel with them in dust bags – and I do the same with shoes – so make sure a gift comes with one.

When it comes to buying bags, always note the quality of the leather or skin. Look for pieces that are timeless in design. Think ‘stealth-wealth’ and avoid anything over-logoed. In the end craftsmanship, design and innovation always win through.”

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