The Office of Angela Scott
October 21, 2014
I walk into The Office of Angela Scott on a sunny Monday afternoon in early September. My mood changes completely from office-mode to complete ease at the sight of a room full of shoes. The space, located in the middle of Victory Park in Dallas, is part office, part flagship of the brand founded three years ago by Angela Scott. Monk-straps in deep burgundy shades, striped oxfords, and colorblock loafers, as well as modern versions of Western boots, grace the wooden shelves of the haberdashery-meets-cozy living room space – a place to hang out, rather than exclusively shop. The collection could be described as tomboy-meets-witty, sophisticated but bold.
Wall cubbies are filled with shoes, displayed as objects of decor rather than merchandise. To the left is a wall covered with vintage mirrors, and shoes are placed on a marble tabletop. A few steps farther you find a wooden shelf with rolling ladder and floor-to-ceiling cubbies. The right side of the space resembles a home, with a glass cupboard holding shoes and a large wood-frame mirror, plus modern, minimal artwork. “There are so many little details that come into play, but that’s the most fun part,” says Scott, referring to her shoes, which are bench-made in Portugal. I see that attention to detail as being part of the brand’s DNA; even the soles are beautiful – stamped with her logo, with the heel split by a puzzle-like chip.
Scott’s business has grown steadily yet slowly, much against the instant-gratification-mode that many startups have adopted. But staying close to her manufacturers (many of which are family-owned factories) as well as her clientele is an absolute must for her. Made with traditional manufacturing methods to ensure quality, The Office of Angela Scott shoes are goodyear welted to attach uppers to soles.
While we were in mid-conversation about Scott’s creative process, the office receives a message from Solange Knowles’ people, who need a sample sent right away for an appearance. That’s when it strikes me that her shoes have achieved star quality, within a niche of celebrities and go-getter, confident women. Actress Julia Roberts gifted Ellen DeGeneres a pair, live on The Ellen Show, which Scott states were actually purchased by Julia.
It’s the instant-cool factor of a feminine oxford that reminds me of fashion-forward, professional women who love to wear menswear-inspired shoes – in place of a pair of killer heels – with feminine dresses, jeans or pants, and look unapologetically modern and unique. “I think women are finally finding the confidence to think, ‘You know what? I don’t need to be in heels to be sexy.’ This happened parallel to the growth of my business, so it’s been a nice addition,” says Scott when speaking about her clients, who themselves have become the main inspiration of her design work. “Fashion is not the inspiration; it’s the women that wear the fashion.”
Shop The Office of Angela Scott shoes this fall in select NM stores and neimanmarcus.com.