shopping / Arts & crafts

Lonely Planet review

Paris, London, Venice: Gabriele Gmeiner honed her shoemaking craft at Hermès and John Lobb, and today jet-setters fly to Venice just for her ultrasleek Oxfords with hidden ‘bent’ seams and minutely handstiched brogues, made to measure for men and women (around €3000, including hand-carved wooden last). If Gabriele’s not on site, she’s probably at Guidecca women’s prison, leading shoe-design job-training programs.