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THE VIBE

IN HER
SHOES
LOCAL DESIGNER CHARLOTTE STONE
STEPS UP COMFORT IN ST YLE
Written by Aidan Pilgrim

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Stone relocated to Ventura from Los Angeles three years ago
(following Ventura's coveted surf). She and her husband - the
designer behind Pacific Wonderland, a line of modernist handcrocheted furniture - set up shop in an industrial space in
Ventura's westside Avenue district, and quickly got to work.
Over time, they've nurtured a community of likeminded
creatives, both long-time Venturans and new arrivals. "There
are all these artists, especially on the westside because there
are buildings here that are accessible," she says. "There's space.
Artists can come here and produce in this beautiful environment
and have room, which is totally scarce in Los Angeles and
surrounding areas."

@VISITVENTURA

Photos by Victoria Wall Harris

W

e live in the age of access. It's no longer necessary
for an artist or designer to be based in a cultural hub
to keep up with - and even be a leader in - trends.
Ventura resident Charlotte Stone, the designer behind the
eponymous shoe line, proves that having a little space actually
yields more creative results.
Stone's focus: comfortable shoes - mostly sandals - that
don't sacrifice style, designed through a quintessentially California
lens. "It's what I want to wear and what all my friends want to
wear. We have this style called the Gloria that is on a cork molded
midsole with a rubber outsole and it's so practical, I wear them all
the time. Bike riding, beach cruising, work, home...they just go.
I did them in rainbow colors for that '70s vibe - they're our
best-selling shoe, ever."
Kingston, Ontario born and bred, Charlotte comes from a family
of artists and designers, so a creative career path wasn't exactly
unexpected. After graduating from the Fashion Institute of Design
& Merchandising in Los Angeles, with a specialization in shoe design,
she worked for over a decade designing footwear for esteemed
brands like Twelfth Street by Cynthia Vincent, Joie, Jenni Kayne,
and Steve Madden before starting her own namesake brand.



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