Behind the Scenes: S&S x Matt Bernson


Today I wanted to share some snaps I took during the design process in the studio during the design process with Matt Bernson for our collaboration.  This was (for obvious reasons) one of the most fun, exciting projects I’ve ever worked on.  I learned a lot in the process too… about different fabrics + treatment options for leather… and what works and what doesn’t!  (We had a few versions that didn’t quite make it into production because let’s just say our idea didn’t necessarily translate into a shoe!)  I’m so thrilled with how everything turned out…  and couldn’t have dreamed of a better brand to partner with!  So much fun.

Four of the styles are available for purchase now…  the rest will be available at Shopbop, and Proper Pop-up come February!



I sat with Matt (on the right) and the design team for ages, sorting through glitter leathers (there are so many different variations) and rhinestone chains.  The rhinestones didn’t make the cut… it just didn’t look good!


{glitter for days!}



Reviewing the product spec sheets…


Developing the insole – it was surreal seeing my logo in there!!


The perforated Mulberry (available in gray and mint now at Anthropologie, and coming in pink to Shopbop in February) is my favorite style.  I really love how we cut holes in the leather to let the glitter shine through.  So much cooler than just regular polka dots!)


That said, the striped, sequined Izabel ended up surprising me by how much I loved it.  I wasn’t initially sure that the fabric would work or translate well to the shoe.  But I loved the idea of having a flat in the line that was striped & sequined.  So we went for it.  I think the decision to make the stripes vertical was a good one (doesn’t make your foot look wide) and I feel like the gold/silver version is the perfect party flat.

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  1. ppfgirl:

    This is amazing – can’t wait to see the rest of the collection…well done!

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  2. Rachelle:

    that is so awesome Grace, congrats girl!


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  3. Annick:

    Oh my goodness, I love the polka dot flats!! You did such an amazing job! Loving all the sequins as well! Congrats Grace!

    Bold Subtlety

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  4. Rebecca {at} Preppy Panache:

    Can’t wait for the pink polka dot. They’re super cute!

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  5. mkenneth1:

    Wow. This is really awesome. Love it, Grace!

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  6. Dana:

    wow – SO exciting!!! congrats!

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  7. Androbel (@AndrobelBoutiq):

    The stripes and sequin flat are my favorite! love them in the neutral color 🙂 great job!
    Belen new post! 🙂

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  8. Gaby [The Vault Files]:

    So so so awesome Grace!! I love the grey perforated ones, couldn’t tell before that it was perforated leather and with the detailed shot here, wow makes such a big difference! Huge congrats girl!! 🙂

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  9. comfortablyychic:

    Wow what an incredible opportunity! Congrats! I love the glitter cap toe flats.

    check out my christmas traditions on the blog today:


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  10. Cathleen:

    Fun. Thanks for sharing. They are beautiful shoes.

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  11. Holly:

    This is so awesome! So many congrats to you!

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  12. chelsie | hellogirl:

    ahh – so so exciting! you definitely have an eye for great design!

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  13. leydijonjon:

    very nice! stripe ones are my favorite, I can wear them everyday! congrats…

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  14. Emily:

    so cool, congrats again!

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  15. abuthray:

    Looks like such a fun process!

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  16. Jackie {York Avenue}:

    Such a cool thing to get to do! They came out so lovely and feminine, you both did a wonderful job!

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  17. Dana:

    You both did an amazing job, the hours (I’m sure you put into this) were well worth it!!

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  18. christina:

    Do I see gray suede booties with glitter???? Please, please tell me these made the cut and will be available!

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  19. Nikki:

    What an amazing experience!! Love the collection!


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  20. Kristin:

    Such an awesome opportunity! You should be so proud! The polka dots are adorable…would be perfect for spring 🙂


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  21. Becca:

    So so cool!! You should be so proud!

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  22. Guest:

    How fun! I discovered his shoes when he was on HSN (the only way I can afford them) and I just love the designs and the quality. Don’t forget about your TV fans, Matt! We may have tight budgets, but we love your shoes, too.

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  23. bclaire:

    This is so cool. Thanks for sharing the behind the scenes! What an amazing opportunity to work on this!!

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