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Mr. Hare Interview

The Shoe Snob

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Feb 20, 2008
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For those familiar with the interviews on my blog, I now have my April one up. I know that many of you may not know or even like the shoes of Mr. Hare, but as he was a guy who saw a gap in the market and then filled it within one year, I find his story and information to be useful and interesting and thought that maybe some of you might too. So here you are, enjoy!



1. Coming from a background in PR and not having any formal shoe design training, how easy/hard was it for you to just up and start a shoe line in 365 days? - What were the biggest challenges you faced?

Things are always easier when you want to do them. I was very determined to do it and I was incredibly lucky to work with some very great people with very high standards. That takes a lot of difficulty out because everyone knows exactly what has to be done. Then as long as we all communicate along the way, good things get done. The most challenging thing is getting things sold. It is one thing to make what I want, but it is another thing to persuade other people to exchange that idea for money. No matter how good the designs are you still need to be just as good a sales person. But that can be just as fun and creative.


1. Coming from a background in PR and not having any formal shoe design training, how easy/hard was it for you to just up and start a shoe line in 365 days? - What were the biggest challenges you faced?

2. You are pretty vocal about your likes in your biog on you website, do any of those give way to design inspiration for your shoes? If not, then where do you get your shoe design inspiration?

3. Speaking of your designs, what is your absolute favorite model of shoe from your entire collection (since you began)?

4. Do you have any influences in the shoe industry? Are their any companies that you admire?

5. What do you hope to see taking place in the shoe industry in 10 years?

6. And you in 10 years?
-- Mr. Hare boutique style shoe company? or
-- Mr. Hare international, selling across the globe?

7. Is there a reason that you chose to have your shoes made out of Italy as opposed to England?

8. As a person who is not afraid of a little color, what do you think about all of the shoes across the world for SS 2011 coming in teal's, green's, blue's, yellow's etc.? It seems to be that more color will be used on footwear in the future?

9. While on the subject, what is your favorite color to see on a shoe?

10. As a person who created a shoe company from scratch in one year, I feel like you would have some good advice to offer to any individuals who aspire to become designers/shoemakers themselves. Can you shed some light?


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